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Google sells maker of ‘nightmare-inducing’ robots to Japan’s SoftBank

Google is ditching one of its highest-profile robotics businesses, selling it off to a Japanese tech giant. Japan’s SoftBank announced Friday that it’s buying robot maker Boston Dynamics from Google’s parent Alphabet, saying the deal will help it in its aim to be at the forefront of “the next wave of smart robotics.” Boston Dynamics has repeatedly made headlines with its eye-catching robots, which can run, jump and climb stairs. Its CEO has described one of them as “nightmare inducing.” SoftBank’s billionaire CEO Masayoshi Son has made no secret of his enthusiasm for robots: he’s widely quoted as saying...

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