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Web giant Google is buying Titan Aerospace, presumably to help it blanket the world in internet connectivity beamed from drones and balloons. The acquisition was reported by the WSJ on Monday, and will see the Titan Aerospace team work with Google's "Project Loon" group which makes high-altitude balloons for dispensing cheap …


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  1. Sureo

    Good old Google

    Always looking for more ways to spy on us.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Good old Google

      Always looking for more ways to spy on us.

      Yes, they never quite got the idea of a privacy fence, didn't they?

      Oh well, at least it gives a boost to clay pigeon shooting..

    2. phuzz Silver badge
      Big Brother

      Re: Good old Google

      Is it spying if people are *giving* them information?

      The NSA/GCHQ have to go out and acquire information about people, Google can just sit back and people give it to them.

  2. Chris G Silver badge

    Not quite right

    I like knocking all of the big companies that seem to want to own us all but in fairness to Google this article refers to them having killer robots which they do not.

    The Boston Dynamics 'Big Dog' is a research vessel to provide grunts with the same abilities they used to have with mules..... but hopefully a bit smarter.

    Mules disappeared from the US Army in 1956.

    With the increasing reliance on battery power and patrolling in relatively remote areas over the last few years, the need for a less than vehicle sized means of replenishing ammo and batteries became clear so one of DARPA's ideas was for a competition to produce and develop all terrain semi-autonomous robots that could do a similar job to the old mules without a wrangler, Big Dog was the effort produced by Boston Dynamics.

    For all I know Google may turn it into a killer robot but when they took over the company the only way Big Dog would kill anyone was if it fell on them.

    Drones if anything are a little more scary; they have the potential to be far more invasive on our lives, as well as carrying the interthingy to remote areas they could be used for spying and delivering direct advertising such charcoal or fire lighter ads while you are trying to get the barby going on a weekend. God knows what targeted ads you will get if one sees you in a hot tub with a bevy of girls? Maybe it will just film you!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Not quite right

      You're right, it only becomes a killer robot if it decides to sit on you ..

    2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

      Big Dog

      Not knocking the technological achievement, which is remarkable, but it seems to me that there is yet progress to be made because those robots may be semi-autonomous and capable of carrying the necessary munitions to the front line where required, but given the racket they make to do so, I can't help thinking that "the enemy" will quickly learn to target the tinny quadrupeds and do a one-stone-two-crows thing.

      Big Dog needs to get stealthier or more heavily armored for the battlefield, either of which will require an order of magnitude improvement in energy management and production. Even the civilian version could be of more use if rendered half as audible as it is now.

      I wish them good luck finding the solution.

    3. jnffarrell1

      Re: Not quite right

      Downsize the 'Big Dog' to 'Little Rodent' with robotic incisors for tunneling into buildings and running around, through and between floors. Then you'd be able to rat-out any secret.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    first they copy apple, now it's amazon...

  4. Euripides Pants Silver badge

    Solar powered drones? Internet? Killer robots?


    ok, i'll switch to decaf...

  5. Mark 85 Silver badge
    Big Brother

    Google Drones vs. Facebook Drones?

    This could be entertaining watching them knock each other out of the air while fighting for slurping/ad delivery superiority. The winner gets everything.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Re: Google Drones vs. Facebook Drones?

      You won't be if they tumble to earth onto your head…

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Global spanning recon drone network, uptodate traffic and location reporting, accurate live maps which include new roads, rather than maps that were out of date three years ago when the satellite last did a feed into Google Maps...

    And they also provide broadband? Bonus! Can you pack it with phone call detection & decryption? SOLD!

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  7. Alister Silver badge

    Looks like in a few years the lower atmosphere is going to be more cluttered than Low-Earth Orbit is, and commercial airliners are going to be playing Dodge-The-Drone on every flight.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Bring 'em on

    Sounds like Google will get fast rural broadband rolled out across the UK long before BT...

  9. king of foo


    Invisible speed cameras...

    That offer you great deals on "need for speed on Xbox 1"

  10. knarf

    What is the World says "No"

    Governments around the world make a very healthy income selling RF space to mobile companies;. And what if the said governments don't want an effective spy network over their lands.

    The current Tory government in blighty (no its not a coalition, if you think it is; your just kidding yourself on) will no doubt say "YES" as Google has better access to no 10 than the current Tech gov department.

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