Google announced Friday that for an undisclosed sum it had acquired Boston Dynamics, a Massachusetts engineering company that designs robots for the Pentagon. It’s the eighth robotics company Google has purchased in the last several months.
Scientists at MIT have unveiled cube shaped-robots that can flip, jump and assemble themselves into different shapes, and which they hope will one day be able to “accomplish specific tasks in combat or emergency situations,” the BBC reports.
Tired of making machines that beat humans at chess, IBM is prepping a computer competitor for “Jeopardy,” which makes sense since Alex Trebek himself is computer-generated. Japanese researchers, meanwhile, have created walking goo.