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Google Buys Boston Dynamics: Is That a Good Thing?

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JimRW
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Re: Going Postal
JimRW   1/23/2014 12:32:00 PM
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I would guess the likely reason is there is something in Boston Dynamics' code that google is interested in. Balancing on legs while moving takes a lot of processing and Boston may have a more efficient means of doing that with minimum computing power.

It could also be that they have so much money they can afford to own something just for the "cool factor" of it.

I'll worry more when the Google company motto is no longer "don't be evil".

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Commercializing the armed forces
Ann R. Thryft   1/23/2014 11:52:09 AM
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Thanks for the input, TJ. That's quite a trend, isn't it?

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   1/23/2014 11:51:28 AM
GTOlover, funny I was thinking just the opposite.

bdcst
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bdcst   1/23/2014 10:24:01 AM
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Google may have plans to offer a replacement for letter carriers, robots that won't go postal.  That might save, in one fell swoop, the USPS and Saturday mail delivery and also eliminate further growth of their mandated retirement fund.  Robots don't require pensions when they retire, or do they?

GTOlover
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Re: Commercializing the armed forces
GTOlover   1/23/2014 9:45:54 AM
Or perhaps liberal politicians will contract with Google to search for liberty loving tea party patriots. :-)

The Designist
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Re: Commercializing the armed forces
The Designist   1/23/2014 9:37:37 AM
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Or perhaps the military will contract with google to search for terrorists.  :)

TJ McDermott
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Commercializing the armed forces
TJ McDermott   1/22/2014 1:02:25 PM
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NASA jobs out manned rocket flights to Russa, and will soon do so to various domestic commercial companies.

The state department uses private contractors for overseas security.

Maybe the Air Force will contract Amazon and its future airborne drone delivery system for commercial bomb delivery.

And maybe the Army will contract with Google for its mechanized and armor assault forces.

Steward Hudson
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Steward Hudson   1/22/2014 9:58:42 AM
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Sounds like Terminator

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