29 Feb '16, 9pm

Two of Google's Most Famous Dogs Really Don't Get Along

Two of Google's Most Famous Dogs Really Don't Get Along

You may recognize one of the dogs in this picture: we’re pretty sure it’s Andy Rubin’s dog, Alex . Andy Rubin is the co-founder of Android, and for about a year, he managed the robotics program at Google (now called Alphabet). More recently, he’s been running a hardware incubator called Playground , which has enough clout to summon up another robotic dog with Google ties : Boston Dynamics’ Spot . Alex and Spot do not get along. The video was posted by Steve Jurvetson, a partner at VC firm DFJ , who says “this is the latest robot from Boston Dynamics, and the only one outside of the military.” Arguably, the new ATLAS is Boston Dynamics’ latest robot, and we aren’t sure about the “outside of the military” thing. Does he mean Playground owns that Spot? (We asked Jurvetson for clarification but haven’t heard back.) We know that the U.S. Marines were using Spot as a recon robot...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/military-robo...

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