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Google liquidated its next venture. Robots won’t clean our house for us anytime soon

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Google liquidated its next venture.  Robots won’t clean our house for us anytime soon

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Google liquidated its next venture.  Robots won't clean our house for us anytime soonOver the years, we have seen Alphabet start many of its projects. Many of them were quite innovative and simply interesting. Sometimes great hopes were pinned on them. Others were doomed to failure. There were also those that developed for some time and suddenly Google decided to write them off. That’s what happened with another of them – Everyday Robots. The project was present on the market for several years.

Another Google project is completed. This time it fell on Everyday Robots. However, robots will not help us clean.

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The Everyday Robots project started in 2019. Its goal was to create robots that will help us in everyday cleaning and office work. Over the years, one-armed machines have been developed that can even recognize human speech. However, preparing this technology for proper operation required a lot of effort and a lot of time, and the visible effects were not overwhelming at all. We know that most companies related to the technology industry are looking for some savings wherever possible. In January this year, Google laid off 12,000 people. So it was only a matter of time before other, less profitable ventures would be shut down. After all, this affected the idea in question as well. “Everyday Robots will no longer be a separate Alphabet project. Some of the technology and part of the team will be merged into existing Google Research work,” said Denise Gamboa, director of marketing and communications for the robotic project.

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If you look at the number of Google concepts that are out of use, you might be surprised. There is even a special page that describes everyone who met a sad end. Killed by Google there are as many as 282 of them. Looking at the statistics, a dozen of them are closed every year. Only this year, you can see 8 of them, and not even the first quarter has passed. So why does Google so often give up on projects that may seem like a hit at first glance? Of course, many (if not all) of such actions are taken as a result of lack of profitability. Sometimes, however, it seems that it would be enough to refine the concept a bit, spend more time and the whole thing could work out. Unfortunately, in most cases this is not the case. Let’s take Google Stadia for example – it can’t be said that it was a completely bad service, after all, it was an aspiring alternative to e.g. for NVIDIA GeForce NOW. Despite this, Alphabet, instead of focusing on developing and improving the service, found it not so profitable and withdrew from it.

Source: The Verge



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