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Google is closing its Schaft robotics unit after failing to find a buyer

By | Alphabet, andy rubin, boston dynamics, Gadgets, Google, humanoid robot, robot, Robotics, schaft, Shaft, Softbank, SoftBank Group, university of tokyo, X

Sad news for anyone into giant robots: Google parent Alphabet is closing down Schaft, its secretive unit that develops bipedal robots aimed at helping out in disaster efforts and generally looking badass. The news was first reported by Nikkei, but Alphabet confirmed to TechCrunch that the business will be shuttered. It said it is helping staff find […]

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Pepper the robot can perform funerary rites, but it shouldn’t

By | Gadgets, pepper, Robotics, Softbank, TC, WTF

 It’s not really clear just what “humanoid” robots are actually for. I’ve seen them do all kinds of things, but almost none of them well; at our recent Robotics event in Boston, several leading experts in the field questioned their necessity. But we grew up with Data and Robby and Cylons, and so now we have Pepper. Performing funeral rites for cash-strapped people in Japan. Read More

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