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.
You may think the interests and makeup of America's current leadership make this an unideal time to develop galloping robots, but the engineers at Boston Dynamics don't.
Describing the U.S. government is becoming increasingly complicated: “petro–imperial," "coal–fired," "plutocratic," "oligarchic," "inverted totalitarian," "fascist," "propagandistic," "Big Brother.” Things are beginning to simplify though. Soon you’ll be able to refer to the institution with a single idea from "Star Trek": the Borg.
The defense cuts that will change the American way of war may mean little in monetary terms, but in imperial terms they will make a difference: They will offer a direct challenge to national sovereignty.