Google is restructuring its robot department to produce robots that have previously exhibited humanoid movements. This time the main focus of the company will be artificial intelligence.
Google’s services as a technology company are not limited to the search engine. They have different departments operating in various fields. One of these departments is the robot department.
Up to now, the robot department has always been the focus of robots that can make fluent, humanoid movements. After several previous unsuccessful attempts, the company has now decided to completely renew the department and change its focus.
In the new restructuring, Vincent Vanhoucke will head to the department. Vanhoucke was an important figure in Google Brain‘s artificial intelligence project, Google Brain. The new team is not specified how many people.
In September 2018, Google announced several new job advertisements for the robotics department. Most of the open positions were for robotic experts.
At Robotics, the department called Google will be responsible for producing advanced software and artificial intelligence that are intended to enable robots to be trained and complete a variety of tasks. Instead of producing robots, Google will sell their software to robot manufacturers or collaborate with third-party manufacturers.
Google hasn’t made a statement about it, and it’s not yet known what kind of robots they will produce and what kind of software they will focus on. According to The Times, this study aims to automate workplaces.
Google has not yet responded to requests for information about its new program.
Google’s robotics business began in 2013 when the company bought six robotic companies. The job of managing the project was in Andy Rubin’s hands. This project failed and the purchased companies were either closed or sold.