I love technology. I love big TVs, computers, video games, tablets, smart phones… basically anything with a screen. I’m pretty sure I’m addicted to Netflix, and I fall for all of Apple’s obvious
marketing brainwashing ploys.
But I still don’t know how to react to certain technological developments. Take the Google Glass for example. Its a cool idea that we’ve been seen I’m movies for years but how practical are they? Or do they even need to be practical? What about privacy rights? Can the user record video or take pictures of someone without them knowing? What about the new Samsung smart watch? Hasn’t that idea been around since Dick Tracy and the Jetsons?
Well now those things are reality and I admittedly have mixed feelings about them. This week’s big development in technology news has left me feeling the same way. I wasn’t surprised to find out that Google announced on Friday that they just acquired robotics company Boston Dynamics. I was however surprised to find out that this is the 8th robotics company that Google has bought.
Knowing how Google does things, I’m kind of afraid to see where this is all going. Will Google use their power for good or evil? How long before we see a Google-Haliburton collaboration.
I’m also a little concerned about how technology is messing society up. We’ve become so dependent on our devices that its hard to remember a time without them. But I still remember my first pager. I also remember running around looking for a pay phone with $5 in quarters and a folded up piece of paper in my pocket that had the phone number of everyone I knew scribbled on it.
- Google Acquires Robotics Maker Boston Dynamics (technobuffalo.com)
- Google Purchase Of Boston Dynamics Complete (techaeris.com)
- If You Could Have Any Boston Dynamics Robot, How Would You Use It? (gizmodo.com)
- Google buys Boston Dynamics, maker of spectacular and terrifying robots (theverge.com)