Google freaking people out with purchase of military robot developer

http://twitter.com/#!/rainnwilson/status/412624864550191104

It probably doesn’t help matters that publications like Bloomberg Businessweek are announcing the news with headlines like, “Google Just Bought Some Really Creepy Military Robots.” Or that ABC News is announcing, “Google Buys Boston Dynamics, Gets a Bunch of Scary Robots.”

It’s true, though, that Google has picked up another robotics company; this time, Boston Dynamics, which has designed robots for the Pentagon. Here’s the news in a more straightforward style.

http://twitter.com/#!/AdvKishorShinde/status/412690035977105408

That doesn’t necessarily mean you need to worry, does it? Perhaps the human-like “Atlas” robot might be pitching in to help with Google’s mapping initiative, for example. For some reason, though, Google and “military robots” is freaking people out.

Google motto 2004: Don't be evil
Google motto 2010: Evil is tricky to define
Google motto 2013: We make military robots— Brent Butt (@BrentButt) December 16, 2013

http://twitter.com/#!/LorneKletke/status/412705104605618176
http://twitter.com/#!/marmalade_tim/status/412702192769200128
http://twitter.com/#!/MrLe96/status/412669341927079936
http://twitter.com/#!/michele_osurman/status/412693080689504258
http://twitter.com/#!/MariaK26/status/412681234502807552

Could be worse. Could be Facebook.

http://twitter.com/#!/UnderlyingParad/status/412676290538270720
http://twitter.com/#!/MeaMck/status/412675007924289536

Dear Google,

Please don't be evil.

Sincerely,
The human race fb.me/6zvSw2MhS— Manolete' Garcia (@MJGarciaKCMO) December 16, 2013

Maybe Google is trying to keep up with Amazon, which is looking into deploying a fleet of same-day delivery drones.

http://twitter.com/#!/seanonlyskin/status/412667340074283008

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