Roadmapping the Future: 


Machines for Moving : 


Virtually There: 



  • A tough week for companies building complex robotics systems: Google is looking to sell off Boston Dynamics, a robotics company best known for their groundbreaking DARPA projects. They acquired Boston Dynamics back in 2013, according to Bloomberg, Google is looking to shed Boston Dynamics because they are unlikely to produce a marketable product in the next few years. Agricultural and warehouse robot maker Harvest Automation has cut their staff significantly, from about 30 people in 2015, now down to "just a handful." Both companies have built amazing devices and equipment, but the market turbulence they face is indicative of the fact that instrumenting and acting upon the physical world with truly autonomous tech in a way that nets a positive value for buyers is a Herculean feat. For all our foibles, humans remain the most practical and economical source of labor, even in fairly predictable contexts. 


More next week.