Robotics at Google: Google’s Regrouped Effort for the Future of Robotics


The New York Times reported that Google is now working in robotics in 2013 and many people do not know about it / Photo by: denvit via Pixabay


Not many people realize that Google has been working for the future of robotics as we know it, investing in the creation and development of complex robots.

In a report by The New York Times, it was detailed that Google had been working on their robotics initiative ever since 2013. After a harassment allegation sent the vice president of engineering, Andy Rubin, out of the company in 2014, the dream of “specializing in machines that looked and moved like humans” was put on hold.

Now, Google is continuing to recover, regrouping to shift focus on the development of more complex robots that may not look humanoid at all, but are seen to eventually be more helpful to human life. So far, the target of these machines is to learn skills through the help of AI, so that companies won’t have to keep an eye on them all the time.

By incorporating these robots with the capacity to learn things, or even just navigate the halls of a factory, Google’s robotics initiative is more in line of specialized robots with the ability to machine learn.

For many observers keeping an eye on other similar projects by big companies in Silicon Valley, the initiative is not something completely secretive.

Granted, Google has been doing robotics work in the sidelines, but Sunil Dhaliwal, a general partner with Amplify Partners, another Silicon Valley resident, says that’s only because Google wants to make sure first that they prioritize machine learning in their creations, as it is turning out to be the “most important change” that a robotics program can have.

Helmed by Vincent Vanhoucke in the wake of Rubin’s departure from the company, the French-born researcher managed to turn the situation around for Robotics at Google, first centralizing Google artificial intelligence by creating a lab, appropriately named the “Google Brain.”