The additional purchase of DeepMind created speculation of Robotics AI as well; further speculation has also been fueled around Google’s talks with Foxconn (Hon Hai Precision Industries) regarding collaboration in building industrial robots.
X, which is run by Astro Teller, is using some element of robotics in numerous projects. Those projects are in varying stages of completion, but has lately the division has been “graduating” them as stand-alone companies or preparing them for such a move. The life sciences group, for example, is now called Verily, and has spun out robotic medical device company, Verb Surgical. X also recently hired an auto industry veteran to lead its self-driving car effort — called Chauffeur internally — and noted that the project was a good candidate to be spun out.
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