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Google acquisitions include Nest Labs smart home company and military robotics

Credit: grantsewell

Credit: grantsewell

Back in December, the Google acquisitions of several robotics companies, including military robotics producer Boston Dynamics, which created “Big Dog” and other YouTube favorite robots, created for the military, made the news to such an extent that even Stephen Colbert got in on the conversation in “Google’s robot acquisition.” Responding to what Google might want with robotics companies like Boston Dynamics, Colbert responded jokingly, “Clearly, to enslave humanity, because that is the only way they can get us to sign up for Google+.” The Internet went wild with jokes about Skynet, the sentient artificial intelligence that wages war on humanity in the “Terminator” franchise. And on January 13, 2014, Google continued with a new branch of acquisitions: it purchased Nest Labs, a company that makes Internet connected smoke alarms and thermostats in “smart homes.” Read more