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Google's plan for the next 'moonshot'

Christina Medici Scolaro
Wednesday, 4 Dec 2013 | 5:00 PM ET
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Just days after Amazon announced it was working on delivery drones, Google reported it has been quietly acquiring robotic companies to make its own futuristic vision come to life. In just the past six months, the giant has bought seven such businesses.

Google is calling it a "moonshot" program.

According to a report in The New York Times, the company's focus is on manufacturing, rather than consumer, technologies.

Andy Rubin, who built Google's Android software, is directing the robot project.

"Rubin's efforts on Android were very real and very successful," said CNET senior editor Scott Stein.

"This is entering science fiction territory, where who knows what will happen," he added.

—By CNBC's Christina Medici Scolaro