Google has just bought Boston Dynamics, the company that makes those incredibly disturbing robots that walk like something between a dog, centipede, and zombie. Since Android-founder Andy Rubin is now running the mecha division at Google, maybe this will now fall under his purview (Androids running Android). Either way, it's an interesting play. John Markoff for the New York Times:
Google confirmed on Friday that it had completed the acquisition of Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that has designed mobile research robots for the Pentagon. The company, based in Waltham, Mass., has gained an international reputation for machines that walk with an uncanny sense of balance and even — cheetahlike — run faster than the fastest humans.
BigDog, Cheetah, WildCat and Atlas are just some of the creatures now reporting directly to Google. How they handle the military aspects - beyond a desire to "bring order to the Galaxy", of course - will be interesting to see. I'm more looking forward to Google providing voice-controlled house search: "Okay Google Fetch me a beer!" and the nightmarebot scurries off across the wall to track that down for you. And based on past behavior, Google will ship a iOS app for it as well!
(Also noteworthy, Eric Schmidt, who thinks drones are creepy is apparently fine with zombie robots. Like shame is a good thing to have!)
Does that future appeal to you, or just scare the Sarah Connor-crap out of you?