Google has been snatching up robotics companies like crazy in recent months, most notably Boston Dynamics. While Google has yet to state its intentions for doing so it can be assumed that, if robots are the future, then Google wants to dominate that future, and it’s already poised to do so. At DARPA, the robotics competition held in Miami earlier this month, three of the top four robots were developed by Google-owned companies.
If robots are indeed the future then Google is getting a big head start on the competition. Technology Review notes that robots created by Google-owned companies absolutely dominated rivals in a recent competition hosted by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Miami. The point of the competition was to have different robots perform a series of tasks related to disaster relief including “clambering over rubble, clearing debris, and operating a fire hose” — and Google-owned robots accounted for three of the four best performing robots overall.