|BigDog robots created in 2005 by Boston Dynamics with Foster Miller, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Harvard University Concord Field Station. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
After last weekend, 60 Minutes ran an amusing infomercial of Amazon's latest very forward multiple boosting product development with its delivery drones, Google refuses to lag behind in the futurism department and promptly acquired Boston Dynamics, the creator of the world's fastest running robot, as well as various other realistic animal-like machines supplied to the US military. As the FT reports, "The internet company’s acquisition of Boston Dynamics is latest in a string of robotics acquisitions in a mysterious initiative led by former Android chief Andy Rubin." Zerohedge...
White Spaces & Dark Fiber: Internet Giants Angle For Control Of The Internet's Pipes – ReadWrite
Battle lines in a cold war over the backbone of the Internet are forming between Web generation Internet companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon and traditional infrastructure incumbents like the cellular operators and cable companies such as AT&T and Comcast.Facebook and Google Are Buying Up the Cables That Carry the Internet
It can get a little bit annoying when people ramble on about how Facebook and Google are taking over the world. They're just websites! But when those websites start to buy up other things, say, the very cables that connect the people of the world—well that's actually pretty alarming.