After Employees, Google Has Fired 100 Cafeteria Cleaning Robots

by Mallika Khurana
After Employees, Google Has Fired 100 Cafeteria Cleaning Robots

At its corporate headquarters, Google is now firing the machines that kept the cafeterias clean after recently laying off thousands of employees globally. Google CEO Sundar Pichai reportedly ended Alphabet’s “Everyday Robots” project, which was a component of Google’s experimental X laboratories, according to a recent Wired piece. In Simpler words, Google has fired 100 robots that were used for cleaning cafeterias.

Google Has Now Laid Off Robots

Cleaning Robots
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More than 100 wheeled, one-armed robots were trained as part of the initiative to clean cafeterias, separate recyclables from rubbish, and unlock doors. These robots are currently being fired. The project’s chief of marketing and communications, Denise Gamboa, has stated that everyday Robots will no longer be a separate Alphabet venture.

Ten years earlier, Everyday Robots had emerged from the ashes of at least eight Google robotic acquisitions. A former employee claimed that the project had a protracted history of disagreement over whether its objective should be to conduct cutting-edge research or launch a product. Robotics specialists estimated that more than 200 personnel were hired, costing Google a lot of money and that the robots likely cost thousands of dollars each.

When questioned, a former employee admitted that he is sorry to see it close. In general, he continued, robots could carry out crucial tasks. It’s hardly a sign of stagnation, in his opinion. He also discussed how crucial it is to focus properly. In five years, if someone gets it right, they might have a worthwhile product on the market.

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Robots Became A Part Of Their Routine

Google has been developing a software and hardware system that functions as a unit to assist learning, such as the transfer of knowledge from the digital to the actual world, for the past few years. The robots eventually gained a greater awareness of their surroundings. They also improved at performing ordinary tasks by combining a variety of machine learning techniques, including reinforcement learning, cooperative learning, and acquiring knowledge from demonstrations.

After the robot industry was shut down, some of its technology might be used in other departments.

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