Google and Foxconn, the manufacturer of Nintendo systems, are teaming up to partner in the race to build the world’s most perfect and functional autonomous robots.
Foxconn has been a leader in robotic development and have been at the center of rumors that they will replace their human workers with artificial intelligence.
Apple has had a standing relationship with Foxconn to make “assembly lines smarter”.
Andrew Ng, professor of computer science at Stanford University explained that machine learning is “the science of getting computers to act without being explicitly programmed.”
Ng said that “machine learning is a branch of artificial intelligence that is meant to replicate the way humans take in information from their environment to make better-informed choices for the future. Much of it is unconscious: If a kettle is scalding hot, for example, we recognize that touching it would not be a good idea.”
Last month, Google acquired the artificial intelligence developer DeepMind Technologies for a reported €400 million .
Demis Hassabis, founder of DeepMind , is a computer game designer and neuroscientist who built a corporation that combines “the best techniques from machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms.”
The founder of DeepMind is also the creator of a video game called Evil Genius , that allows the gamer to become a criminal mastermind scientist that is determined to rule the world.
Speaking about the acquisition, Hassabis said: “This partnership will allow us to turbo-charge our mission to harness the power of machine learning tools to tackle some of society’s toughest problems and help make our everyday lives more productive and enjoyable. We’ve built a world-leading team here in the U.K. and we’re looking forward to accelerating the impact of our technology with Google.”
This purchase, according to anonymous sources claiming to be close to the sale, is meant to expand Google’s robotic endeavors.
Artificial intelligence technology poses an existential quandary : “Many scientists are concerned that developments in human technology may soon pose new, extinction-level risks to our species as a whole.”
Andy Rubin, now head of Google’s robotics endeavors, believes that the furtherance of robotic technology is “like any moonshot, you have to think of time as a factor. We need enough runway and a 10-year vision.”
Rubin sees the use of robots in everyday life as a bit of science fiction that can become reality with minimal effort.
It is an issue of developing the hardware and software, while investing in artificial intelligence start-ups in the US and Japan.
This could turn into a product of Google or a separate subsidiary that is contracted by 3rd parties or the US government.