An American robotics network is being launched. The network is termed the Robotics Virtual Organization (Robotics VO). The formation of the network is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, but has to be self-sufficient by the end of the first year.
A few months ago, we heard rumors that Google was planning something big in robotics. We also heard that Andy Rubin, the engineer who spearheaded the development of Android at Google, was leading this new robotics effort at the company. Rubin, we were told, is personally interested in robots, and now he wants Google to have a major role in making robotics happen. Not just robotic cars, but actual robots.