Google preparing robot army at secret lab -

Google, the company that does what it wants, when it wants and how it wants, has a top-secret laboratory somewhere in the Bay Area where execs and researchers come together to decide the kind of innovations people might not want, but they're going to have.

The laboratory, dubbed Google X, reads like a wish-list from Alpha Centauri - featuring projects that really aren't that far away, like internet of things - up to the more outlandish like space elevators. A person familiar with the matter told the New York Times that, in terms of secrecy, it's not dissimilar to the CIA.

There's one office at Google, Mountain View - where, TechEye hears, Google employs bully-boy security officers who take much pride in a jobsworthian dictat - and another in a secret location.

The secret location is where Google researches robotics, where, a deepthroat told the New York Times, executives are playing with the idea of sending automated robots onto the streets to capture Google Maps. Which is quite a far cry from its humble days as a welcome alternative to Yahoo.

Google makes sure the ideas keep coming, with poached scientists and engineers from the likes of Microsoft, Nokia, Stanford, MIT, Carnegie Mellon and NYU, reports the New York Times.

It's all sounding a bit Skynet. That said, it's not time to relocate to the Welsh valleys just yet - the time of computer-controlled nuclear death from above is not quite upon us.

Google claims it doesn't toy with shareholder money lightly, and the speculative projects are only baby steps towards death's door for all of humankind.

According to the New York Times, Google co-founder Sergey Brin is an evangelist for the projects. He allegedly worked on a list of projects together with Larry Page as well as Eric Schmidt and other executives.