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Google already looks poised to dominate the robotics industry

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Dec
2013

If robots are indeed the future then Google is getting a big head start on the competition. Technology Review notes that robots created by Google-owned companies absolutely dominated rivals in a recent competition hosted by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)  in Miami. The point of the competition was to have different robots perform a series of tasks related to disaster relief including “clambering over rubble, clearing debris, and operating a fire hose” — and Google-owned robots accounted for three of the four best performing robots overall. The No. 1 robot was Schaft, the robot designed by a team of engineers at the University of Tokyo that we profiled in our recent list of Google’s five craziest robots. Schaft was created to

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