Google Rejects Military Funding In Robotics -- Defense Tech
Google doesn’t want the U.S. military’s money.
Even though the Internet search giant owns two companies that have contracts with the Pentagon, Google is choosing to forego military funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in at least one robotic competition.
Google bought the robotics firm Schaft that had developed a bipedal robot that won DARPA’s Robotics Challenge. The competition asked companies to develop a robot that could perform disaster response tasks to include navigating debris, climbing ladders and turning off a valve.
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My Comment: Too bad .... without this cooperation U.S. troops will probably not be able to benefit from this cooperation.