When Google went on a robotics buying spree last year, a lot of people wondered what they were up to. But in reality, it is a fairly sensible direction for them to move in. Most of the technical challenges in getting commercial robots to market are software problems. Although Boston Dynamics, a military contractor that builds robots like 'Cheetah' in the photo still seems a bit of an odd purchase.
I just hope that becoming part of Google's ballooning bureaucracy doesn't stifle any of these companies' innovation.
The short answer is simple, robotics are becoming increasingly data driven, operating based on sensors and algorithms."Robots, like smartphones, are a platform for products and services," Mullen said. "Both require data and intelligence to operate well and Google is very good at data and algorithms.