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Google Just Bought a Mechanized Cheetah and Other Military Robots

Google may have just entered Skynet territory with its acquisition of Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that has designed robots for the Pentagon and has close ties to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Google has been aggressively buying robot makers over the past year, and its larger autonomous-machine strategy is overseen by Andy Rubin, the Google executive who led the development of Android.

Here’s some quick background on Boston Dynamics, a 1992 spinoff from MIT that has been run by Marc Raibert. The company has been the beneficiary of the Pentagon’s interest in robotic warfare. Big defense budgets during the 2000s financed the deployment of thousands of robots, including unmanned aerial and underwater vehicles sent to Iraq and Afghanistan.