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6 Google projects ripped from Sci-Fi

Jared Newman | Dec. 21, 2011
Google has never been afraid to experiment, but lately the company's curiosities have turned toward the extreme.

Skynet-style robots

At Google's I/O conference last May, the company discussed ways to connect robots to the cloud. The idea is that if a robot finds something unfamiliar, it can call on the Internet to learn everything it needs to know. If you've seen the Terminator movies, you can imagine where this is going: Robots start using a massive computer network to share knowledge and become instantly smarter, and they can even offload intensive computing tasks to more powerful remote processors. This could either be an incredibly useful development, or the beginning of the robot apocalypse.


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