Boston Dynamics and Hyundai create high expectations with their robotics plans13. August 2022
Boston Dynamics and Hyundai create high expectations with their robotics plans
San Francisco, 8/13/2022
Hyundai Motor Group and Boston Dynamics are looking to “accelerate progress in artificial intelligence and robotics with the creation of the Boston Dynamics AI Institute (BDAII), which was finalized a few days ago.”
BDAII will be based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with an initial investment of more than $400 million from Hyundai (Boston Dynamics’ parent company) and BD. The company will be led by Boston Dynamics founder Marc Raibert , while Al Rizzi (Boston Dynamics’ chief scientist) will serve as chief technology officer.
The goal is not exactly modest: “We want to create generations of robots in the future that are far better than anything that exists today,” the press release states.
Although the BDAIIers emphasize that their robots will be
” more intelligent, more agile and more skilled” and also that they can be “generally easier to operate” – but this is nothing new. The founders raise high expectations by pointing out that, after all, their “focus is on research” and that “the institute will work on solving the most important and difficult challenges in the development of advanced robots.”
The message to future employees is that the institute’s culture is designed to combine the best features of university research labs with those of corporate development labs.
The next step for BDAII is to expand the project, which means hiring as many roboticists as possible. If you’re a robotics professional looking for something new, take a look at what Marc Raibert has to offer:
“We plan to hire the best talent we can find and support them with the best resources, including equipment, facilities, computers and staff, all within a culture that thrives on technical fearlessness, fundamental thinking, cooperative teamwork, mutual respect and technical fun.”