Google’s Andy Rubin Places His Bets on Robots

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It’s been a big week for the robotics business, and both Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) have made it clear that it has its sights set on the future of this technology.

Back in August, we confirmed that Google is now investing serious money in a new project at the company’s Google X lab, focusing on robotics. It all started when Andy Rubin, the executive behind Google’s Android mobile operating system, mysteriously stepped down from the business in March without confirming where he was going. Rumors swirled, but fortunately, Rubin couldn’t hide for long — and the cat was let out of the bag in August when industry sources found in him in the Google X lab playing with robots.

More details emerged about Google’s new robotics venture Wednesday, and the executive even offered some insight into what his team is planning for the future, and how likely it is that his efforts will be successful. According to the New York Times, Google executives acknowledge that robotic vision is a “moonshot” — what Google dubs its long-term projects — but Rubin explains that he understands the implications of such a long-range venture and recognizes, “We need enough runway and a 10-year vision.”

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