Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s heavy investment in robotics and even artificial intelligence came under the spotlight at Bloomberg on “Bloomberg West” and discussing the issue were John Leonard,  who is a professor of mechanical engineering and MIT Roboticist and Matt Zeiler, who is the CEO of Clarifai.

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Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), which is up more than 34% over the past one year, appears to have great interest in robotics and cars, and it seems as though the whole issue is far beyond chasing advertisement dollars, but generating machine revenue in addition to the ads.

“Google was doing this because driving is just a transformative technology opportunity. I think it has been valued as a trillion dollar business if they could really succeed. And tackling the challenges of driving is going to push the frontiers of artificial intelligence, machine learning, mapping, and the ability to really bring search into the physical world.  I think the opportunities are enormous,” said Leonard.

Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s artificial intelligence technology is said to have great opportunities such as being used in matters such as research and predictions, which can be translated into useful products and service for the end users. Besides, Google’s artificial intelligence technology can just be applied to any frontier.

“[…] I think it is just one great business model and I think there is going to be many other for Google and other similar companies involving machine learning at the core of the technology […],” stated Zeiler on whether advertising is what motivates Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) into robotics.

Zeiler noted that coming on to artificial intelligence projects show how Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is trying to make the mountains of data it has at its disposal more useful to the end users. Google’s robotics is expected to bring technology into the physical world. However, there exist opportunities and challenges in the use of robots. Nonetheless, Leonard observed that while challenges are tremendous, the opportunities in the use of robots are enormous.

“[…] I had not started working on car projects yet, but I was building underwater robots at the time. If I try to use my crystal ball and think 10 years from now, I think there will be more robots in our everyday lives. I think a big question is how you achieve this physical scale up. So, Google does this amazing mapping in Mountain View to able to drive around, and I was really blown away when I drove in a Google car last month […],” stated Leonard.

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