They’ll get back into it at some point I’m sure, James. It’s just that the $$$ to be made in robotics lies where it always did: in industry and not with robot pets / butlers / etc.
Google Car has promise – they’re doing good with that.
But mostly, they’re getting out of it because people didn’t want to see a robot getting abused by people. Made Google look like bullies – not the image they want to project. So they’re mostly distancing themselves from that public relations fiasco.
Thing is, _somebody_ is gong to be working on it, whether or not it’s Google. Doesn’t matter what corporate giant is financing: somebody is and will.
I had to live through the AI Winter. Do you know how much that SUCKED? Well, it sucked.
1990/91 I was geared up to go into theoretical physics. I was ready to learn LISP, learned a bunch of stuff about neural networking… how it works… I was _ready_.
Well, ready to be ready. Never finished but that didn’t matter. I *knew* I could get jobs in AI at some point.
Waited. Waited. Waited. Did lots of other interesting things, none of which I regretted either.
Around 2000, I was complaining. Where’s the robots? Where’s the AI? What HAPPENED!?!
Almost a decade and I saw nothing. Scoured the news, nothing. Gave up hope. I didn’t know people work still quietly working on it in the background.
Then, a few years later, AI started to gain momentum again. Robots started becoming “a thing”.
But honestly, I thought it was dead and gone forever. We went backwards and were stuck there, worrying about speed rather than progress.
So, yes, I understand James. You might have to suffer through a robotic winter. Might be coming. Eventually though, you’ll see fruition. Hopefully sooner rather than later.