Somehow, Google acquired seven robotics companies without anyone noticing.
The companies, all of which have been scooped up in the last year or so, are all a part of former Android boss Andy Rubins’s new Google robotics venture, which was first unveiled earlier today.
After taking a closer look at some of these companies, one thing becomes clear: Google’s robot vision is as diverse it is ambitious. But the companies all point to Google’s final goal here: To create a smart, mobile, dextrous robot that can work alongside — or in place of — humans. It’s the type of moonshot that companies like Google — and, indeed, Amazon — have gotten particularly good at making,
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