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From Android to automatons: Rubin's robots are Google's next moonshot

Mark Hachman | Dec. 5, 2013
Are an army of robotic servants Google's next bid for world domination? Google's former Android chief, Andy Rubin, is leading the charge

But Amazon's speculative drone delivery fantasy also suggests that delivery could be a possible target of Google's robotics arm. Google recently launched Google Shopping Express, a same-day delivery service in San Francisco and San Jose that nominally competes with a similar effort by Amazon in Seattle. Google already knows the best path to your door, and it's busy programming cars to negotiate those turns themselves.

In reality, it's probably more feasible to suggest that a fleet of self-driving vans armed with some sort of automated lockbox would be more feasible than dispatching a robot to your front door. But there's another aspect: After Google maps the world's roads, what's next? There's millions of miles of sidewalks and paths for Google's robotic minions to explore. And all it needs are the robotic legs to take them there.


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