The “ink is nearly dry” on a deal to have Toyota acquire Alphabet-owned robotics firm Boston Dynamics (maker of humanoid Atlas and four-legged Big Dog), Tech Insider and Nikkei report. Toyota Research Institute, the automaker’s artificial intelligence lab that launched in late 2015, may also buy Alphabet’s Japanese robotics company, Schaft.
These are the nightmarish bots in question. First, the practically unstoppable super-human Atlas:
And the Tim Burton-esque Big Dog:
Good luck, Toyota.RP