Google is building an army—a robot army—through a series of recent acquisitions. It’s interesting to see the variety of real world applications these robotics companies are already pursuing and imagine what they will be able to do in the future. Gizmodo recently took a closer look at what the eight most recent acquisitions are making.
Robot technology would help with self-driving cars, certainly, but the range of these acquisitions hints at even broader ambitions. Again, we don’t know much. They’re all a part of the Google X division, which is top secret by definition. We do know what the new companies in the Google family are up to, though, and that might offer us some clues.
Personally, I’ll feel safer driving in South Florida once robots pilot more of the vehicles on the road. Robot drivers will be far more predictable than the ones on the road now. However, I’m not sure how I’d feel about this guy walking down the street towards me…
It’s amazing that Chrome’s been out for four years now. It’s been my portal to the web since it launched. It is unusual that a piece of software keeps getting better with such consistently. The link above has a very cool timeline of major milestones in the app’s history.
[B]eware of large numbers in social media. The larger the number, the more fluffy it is.
Google+ has big numbers in their user stats, but as anyone who logs into the site can tell, it’s a ghost town. Big number on social media are good for the ego, good for selling to advertisers, but not good for much else. Direct engagement is where the real value is held.