Okay, this is interesting. This blog-post has been sitting in my drafts folder for a couple of weeks now. There was this thought in my mind, something to do with the idea that 'Robotics should go mainstream.' It was just a random question and I didn't even know what that meant. Obviously, I still don't. But I've had this gut feeling that the industry should start gaining traction in the near future.
Lo and behold, just a couple of hours ago I found out that Google has decided to acquire Boston Dynamics link.
Now, I'm pretty sure that Google has no intention of getting into the field of military robotics. I'm making an assumption here and if I happen to be wrong, then this is/will be quite a pivot for Google.
A more logical assumption, Google and potentially others want to be the first. The first pioneers when it comes to Robotics making a giant leap into the future of everyday robotics.
Now, that thought that I was referring to earlier on. I did spend a teeny weeny bit of time, thinking and wondering how Robotics could actually start making inroads into our daily lives. But as with everything, it starts with defining the problem first. Why create or spend time making something that nobody wants.
So, I think, there are a couple of key components here:
Now this spectrum that I was referring to, it's full of so many different possibilities and opportunities.
Imagine the possibilities that could open up when you have one robot that can do pretty much anything. Now the barrier to that happening would be one of programming the logic into the machine, for it to be able to conduct tasks a specific way.
The other barrier is one of security and reliability. We are not talking about software apps on a tablet anymore. We are talking about a device that has the ability to interact with your physical world. Things could go wrong even when they are not supposed to.
But, the possibilities are endless and the more you think about it, the more doable it seems.
I'd easily drop a couple of G's on a robot if it did do most of the things I have mentioned above and then some more. The amount of time that such a purchase would free up for me, would make it worth it.
I think one key ingredient for mass-scale manufacturing and adoption of robots is for the manufacturer to *not* try and program all of the logic into the machines themselves. This is precisely the reason why the price point for ASIMO is so high. Plus, even with a price tag of a couple of million dollars, I'm not sure if Honda is actually selling them. I don't think they are ready just yet. As they keep running into some kind of a glitch.
Hence the alternative would be to crowd-source as much of the development effort as possible. Again, the app-store model for mobile devices is a perfect example. Imagine if Apple or Google tried to create all the applications that the consumers wanted by themselves.
Hence, instead of working really hard to create a need for an Asimo in every house. Perhaps it would be better to start with an R2D2 that performs 40% of the tasks that we'd like a robot to perform. And we keep enhancing the product suite, as we continue making advances in machine learning.
Interesting move by Google. Very very interesting.
Originally published on August 1, 2012
Building up on my last blog-post. Maybe my ideas are not so crazy after all.
With a Fiber connection coming into your house. You could, theoretically render an
There is a lot of fragmentation when it comes to the products Google offers and develops. That by itself is no secret in the industry. This is something that I have shared on my blog before and there are different types/kind/classifications of the pervasive fragmentation that Google would suffer from. If I was going to place these pieces in buckets, then we are essentially talking about:
But I don’t really see a concerted push to give their social movement some wings. I think the actual model of using Circles for social networks was a really neat idea. Google should have capitalize on that one idea and capitalized on it big time. I could see entire marketing campaign revolving around the “Circle of Life”. But you have to be a little careful, cause Disney and Elton John might soon be shouting trademark infringement. And something tells me that you don’t want to pick a fight with Elton.
Jokes aside. Now focusing on that second question and how to drive more traffic to Google +, and going back to Circles. The theme for a concerted social push for Google should really be built on circles. Actually, this is something I shared on my blog a couple of days back link. But that was specific to Youtube. As in saving youtube clips in circles that would be funneled back to Google + as opposed to an actual Playlist in Youtube.
But today I started thinking, why stop there? Why just Youtube? Google could do this for Picasa, News, Finance, Books, Reader, Blogger. Any product really, any product that Google offers itself at the very least and that has the potential to have logical hooks into the social (Google +) sphere should be able to do so. And then think about a plethora of apps. Why did you guys stop @ Games? Where are the apps?
So where as in the past I might have recommended that Google work on a strategy where they would want to tie each one of the tools and services they offer with another one of the services they offer. Like tying Youtube with Goog Analytics (your implementation of that idea was really bad btw). This time around I am proposing that all the data that needs to be fed to Google + , is actually fed to Google +. And how you do it is through Circles. How those circles would then categorize the kind of content, I’ve actually spoken (written) about that in my previous blogpost here. But the key to doing this right is to make sure it is logical, relevant, easily accessible, secure (public vs private) and it looks aesthetically pleasing. It’s not like each one of the profile pages is a dump of information. And ends up leaving the folks on your circles, scratching their heads as to what is going on with someone’s profile.
Think of what you can do with the circles. You can merge them and come up with dynamic datasets. And only get the updates for the folks you really want to receive them from. Forget dumping 250 mill on trying to acquire path.com, you can make your own version of path by tinkering with circles.
So start slow, and then gradually increase the scope of the what the circles can actually do. Don’t limit circles to connections. That’s such a waste.
So to recap and in semantics, Google really wants to throw a big party with Google +. But for any good party to happen, you need to invite people to the party. Lots of people.
Think viral Google. Think Circles. Otherwise the product will plateau.
Originally published on Dec 16, 2011
Brin speaks out against SOPA and PIPA. link
In just two decades, the world wide web has transformed and democratized access to information all around the world. I am proud of the role Google has played alongside many others such as Yahoo, Wikipedia, and Twitter. Whether you are a student in an internet cafe in the developing world or a head of state of a wealthy nation, the knowledge of the world is at your fingertips.Of course, offering these services has come with its challenges. Multiple countries have sought to suppress the flow of information to serve their own political goals. At various times notable Google websites have been blocked in China, Iran, Libya (prior to their revolution), Tunisia (also prior to revolution), and others. For our own websites and for the internet as a whole we have worked tirelessly to combat internet censorship around the world alongside governments and NGO promoting free speech.Thus, imagine my astonishment when the newest threat to free speech has come from none other but the United States. Two bills currently making their way through congress — SOPA and PIPA — give the US government and copyright holders extraordinary powers including the ability to hijack DNS and censor search results (and this is even without so much as a proper court trial). While I support their goal of reducing copyright infringement (which I don’t believe these acts would accomplish), I am shocked that our lawmakers would contemplate such measures that would put us on a par with the most oppressive nations in the world.This is why I signed on to the following open letter with many other founders – http://dq99alanzv66m.cloudfront.net/sopa/img/12-14-letter.pdf
See also: http://americancensorship.org/ and http://engineadvocacy.org/