More & more humans being replaced by robots, technology. Welcome to our future.
We have some disheartening news for those who fear one day losing their job to a hunk of metal.
On Wednesday, The New York Times reported that Andy Rubin, the boss behind Google's Android operating system, is manning the company's next "moonshot" effort: A division building and experimenting with robots.
The project is similar to Google's initiatives to develop computerized glasses and driverless cars, but with one notable difference: The robots won't be sold to regular folks, but to businesses looking to streamline manufacturing.
"The company’s expected targets are in manufacturing — like electronics assembly, which is now largely manual — and competing with companies like Amazon in retailing," writes John Markoff, citing people familiar with the project. Google isn't saying much about what it's got planned.
Google's decision to disclose its robotics program comes on the heels of Amazon's announcement that it's developing drones that can deliver packages.
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