A Boston Dynamics Inc. Atlas humanoid robot is displayed at the SoftBank Robot World 2017 in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. SoftBank Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son has put money into robots, artificial intelligence, microchips and satellites, sketching a vision of the future where a trillion devices are connected to the internet and technology is integrated into humans. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

 

Automotive industry giant Hyundai Motors made waves recently, acquiring noted robotics lab Boston Dynamics for more than $1 billion. That’s a hefty investment – but what does it really represent?

To find out, Voice of B2B Daniel Litwin sat down with Konstantin Maslennikov, CEO and Founder of HereYouGo, which is working to empower anyone to rent part of a fleet of autonomous vehicles as we collectively move toward a self-driving future.

Even though Hyundai’s aggressive move represents a big step toward increased automation, Maslennikov said the process might be more glacier than avalanche.

“You cannot change everything in one day,” he said. “I think it’s more for research and development purposes, mostly. … Maybe for new vehicles.”

The duo explored where Hyundai might get the most out of its investment in Boston Dynamics, how robotic solutions are getting smarter and preparing to scale up, the role of automation in self-driving vehicle manufacturing at scale, and more.

While many companies are working toward that future, it’s still easier to use humans than artificial intelligence in some applications.

“It’s going to be some kind of symbiosis,” Maslennikov said. “Because, if people work with computers, the efficiency just grows very fast. … But we are not there yet, especially with AI enablement. Like, robots making robots? Robots making self-driving cars? We are not there yet.”

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