Facebook To Buy Drone Company (UPDATED)

My fantasy is that there is a student editor or two out there reading today’s headlines that Facebook just joined Google, Amazon, and Apple in making a heavy investments in robotics and thinking: didn’t I just see an article about this?  Let me know if so.  :o)

UPDATE (March 7, 2014): Eric Schmidt’s says:

“We’re experimenting with what automation will lead to,” Schmidt said yesterday at a conference in Santa Monica, California. “Robots will become omnipresent in our lives in a good way.”

Google is pushing ahead with products beyond its core search business for new sources of user traffic and revenue in areas such as mobile and online video. The company also has shown a willingness to make bets on longer-term projects, such as wearable technology, robotics and driverless cars.

UPDATE (March 10, 2014): The Washington Post says:

LeClairRyan and McKenna Long are looking to expand their work representing companies that design, manufacture and operate drones in shaping the upcoming FAA regulations, as well as guiding companies through the FAA certification process. The FAA must certify any aircraft, manned or unmanned, that goes into the sky, and anyone who wants to operate a vehicle has to go through an application process.

The drone practice groups at both firms will not bring in new lawyers, but rather include attorneys already at the firms who specialize in aviation, intellectual property, employment, government contracting and general business law.

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4 Responses

  1. dave hoffman says:

    Wouldn’t the fantasy actually be that they’d hired a robot to help sift the pile, and the robot, seeing your article, achieved sentience?

  2. mls says:

    The robot then goes back in time to kill Lord Coke, changing the common law forever.

    • Ryan Calo says:

      Ha. Just to be clear to MLS (and Dave): my article is about the legal and policy issues raised by the immediate commercial prospects of robotics. I leave self-aware, homicidal, time-traveling robots to others.