Nixing of Amazon's iRobot Deal a Blow to U.S. Tech Leadership

Some 30 years ago, three artificial intelligence researchers from MIT launched iRobot with a dream of revolutionizing robotic assistants. Building on the founders’ background in space exploration and military defense, the company introduced robots used to search through the debris of the World Trade Center after 9/11 and assess damaged nuclear reactors in Fukushima. With additional investors on board, I watched as iRobot pivoted in the late 90s to a new mission: reshaping the world of in-home robotics.  


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