Lunedi, 12 Novembre, 2018

Google Sells Its Super Creepy Robotics Company

Google Sells Its Super Creepy Robotics Company Google Sells Its Super Creepy Robotics Company
Sveva Terracina | 12 Giugno, 2017, 13:53

The pursuit towards perfecting robotics is quite noticeable in Japan, so this acquisition makes a whole lot of sense for SoftBank, especially in light of the aforementioned ARM buyout.

The Japanese telecommunications and internet corporation has agreed to purchase the makers of the "Big Dog" robot from Alphabet (Xetra: ABEA.DE - news) for an undisclosed sum.

Both of the companies are silent on the terms and conditions of this deal. Another is Atlas, which walks on two legs like a human. Schaft's roots are in a research lab at the University of Tokyo. Often it fails to understand even simple speech and will keep asking you to repeat sentences.

The reason SoftBank needs Boston Dynamics is that its Pepper robots can barely do anything beyond basic interaction with human beings. SoftBank also agreed to acquire Schaft, a secretive Japanese bipedal robotics company, also owned by Alphabet. The Masayoshi Son, who is the Chairman and CEO of Softbank said "Today, there are many issues we still can not solve by ourselves with human capabilities". But Rubin left Google in 2014, creating a leadership vacuum as the company struggled to get its various robotics acquisitions headquartered around the world to work in tandem.

"Smart robotics are going to be a key driver of the next stage of the information revolution, and Marc (Raibert) and his team at Boston Dynamics are the clear technology leaders in advanced dynamic robots", SoftBank Group Chairman Masayoshi Son said in a statement on Friday.


Alphabet acquired Boston Dynamics back in 2013, but their relationship supposedly worsened leading to a breakdown in communications.

Japan, with its longtime culture of cartoons like "Astro Boy", has a soft spot for cute robots.

With its alien-cyborg-warrior vibe, it's unlikely people would welcome Handle into their homes, but if SoftBank can blend Handle's physical capabilities with Pepper's wide-eyed, soft-voiced demeanor, it could have a domestic hit on its hands.

Softbank's acquisition of Boston Dynamics follows that of it purchasing Cambridge-based chip design business ARM for over £24bn past year. The first carrier to offer the Apple iPhone in Japan, SoftBank includes US carrier Sprint and Yahoo Japan in its group business.

"We share SoftBank's belief that advances in technology should be for the benefit of humanity", he said.

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