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Alphabet to Sell Boston Dynamics

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posted on Mar, 17 2016 @ 06:47 PM

Distancing Google
Boston Dynamics, though, was never folded into Google X and was instead put up for sale. After the division’s latest robot video was posted to YouTube, in February, Google’s public-relations team expressed discomfort that Alphabet would be associated with a push into humanoid robotics. Their subsequent e-mails were also published to the internal online forum and became visible to all Google employees.
“There’s excitement from the tech press, but we’re also starting to see some negative threads about it being terrifying, ready to take humans’ jobs,” wrote Courtney Hohne, a director of communications at Google and the spokeswoman for Google X.
Hohne went on to ask her colleagues to “distance X from this video,” and wrote, “we don’t want to trigger a whole separate media cycle about where BD really is at Google.”
“We’re not going to comment on this video because there’s really not a lot we can add, and we don’t want to answer most of the Qs it triggers,” she wrote.

Hmm....Not sure how I feel about this. Sounds like BD got too advanced for their own good.

edit on 17-3-2016 by Vdogg because: (no reason given)

posted on Mar, 17 2016 @ 06:56 PM
a reply to: Vdogg

Surely there automated cars n trucks are going to take far more jobs than that?

posted on Mar, 17 2016 @ 06:58 PM
a reply to: gambon

Which is exactly why this doesn't make sense. I mean, an autonomous truck? That's millions of jobs right there and is of far more immediate concern. Those things will probably be on the road next year. Humanoid robots were always a long term exploit.

posted on Mar, 17 2016 @ 07:26 PM
a reply to: gambon

Yup, hospital and emergency care persons, tow truck drivers, police men, insurance adjusters.

The best job creation will be technically capable certified mechanics. That will be big money imo.
edit on 17-3-2016 by smirkley because: (no reason given)

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