News broke today that +Google
acquired my friend +Marc Raibert
's company, Boston Dynamics, one of the coolest robotics companies in the world. You know Boston Dynamics because of their work building "Big Dog," "Bigger Dog," Cheetah and now Atlas. They've been the most impressive functional robots around.
What's bigger news is that this is their 8th (yes EIGHTH) announced robotics acquisition in the last six months. Remember that Google is spending over $7 billion dollars every year in R&D, M&A.
This internal robotics revolution is being led by +Andy Rubin
, the Google executive who developed and ran Android, the world's most widely used smartphone software. This is being done with Larry Page's enthusiastic support, as he and his team continue to display their impressive "moonshot thinking" by investing heavily in the future.
Don't forget that Google is probably the No. 1 hotbed of research on artificial intelligence with the acquisition of my friend and SU Co-Founder Ray Kurzweil and the recent addition of Deep Learning creator Geoffrey Hinton.
So what do you get when you combine eight robotics companies, the leading AI creative forces and researchers, the brilliance (and ambition) of Larry Page and a $7 billion R&D budget?
I think it will be the transformation of our society -- how we work, how we learn, take care of our sick, conduct our commerce, explore, handle disasters, fight wars... everything.
If this level of transformation isn't on your radar, if you are not thinking about how this will change your life, your business and your industry, then you are missing it, big time.
You need to understand the implications of this, and figure out how you are going to surf on top of this tsunami... not be crushed by it.
If you like, on January 9th and 10th, 2014, at the Ritz-Carlton hotel (Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles), I'll be teaching entrepreneurs about robotics, AI and other exponential technologies, how you can think bold and take action globally, and how to leverage such powerful tools as crowd funding and incentive competitions.
It all takes place at the Abundance 360 Summit.
You can learn more about it here: http://www.Abundance360Summit.com
Check it out.
A lot is going to begin changing, and the opportunities for creating billion-dollar solutions and a world of abundance is extraordinary!
P.S. Read more about Google's acquisition here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/14/technology/google-adds-to-its-menagerie-of-robots.html
And here are some Boston Dynamics videos, so you can see the robots in action:
Big Dog: BigDog Overview (Updated March 2010)
Cheetah: Cheetah Robot runs 28.3 mph; a bit faster than Usain Bolt
Atlas: Meet ATLAS!