Amidst great commendation for its efforts in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Google seems to be losing interest in one of its most visible robotic efforts. Word is out that Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is trying to privately sell Boston Dynamics. The robotics company was about in late 2013 as a part of its robotics division called Replicant.
This gives the company less than three years of association with Google and it appears that Google has already started exploring sale options for Boston Dynamics. Replicant has been merged with the company’s Google X hardware however, Boston Dynamics was not part of the fold.
Potential buyers who have keen interest in Boston Dynamics are the Japanese automaker Toyota and Amazon which has been dabbling in robotics for a substantial period of time and already has a robotic division which focuses on automating its warehouses.
The robotics team at Boston Dynamics began losing sight of its goals since Andy Rubin left the team a year ago. One of the most fundamental problems faced by Google is that software is easier to develop than hardware.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics is a field that needs a lot of improvement and development. One of the most recent YouTube videos that showed one of the Boston Dynamics’ robots run, walk and stack boxes. The video went viral and there were mixed reactions from the viewers. While most of them commended the technology, a lot of them feared the way it may intrude in our lives.
However, Google reason to sell Boston Dynamics is not rooted on its fears of how robots may take over the world. Quite contrary to that, the creations of Boston Dynamics are not as advanced as they may look. The robots do not do things autonomously. Someone is required to set it up and start it just like a robot wouldn’t decide to take a walk all by itself. It is programmed to do so.
As AI and robotics are being developed continuously, we can only hope for better technology to help us create better robotics, but Google would rather have nothing to do with a technology that needs years to be streamlined.