Java founder James Gosling has not even allowed his seat at Google to get warm.
Apparently he has exited the search engine outfit to go to a small startup company specialising in ocean-based robotics.
Gosling joined Google in late March. Writing in his bog, he said that he has moved on to Liquid Robotics, where he is chief software architect.
He said that the outfit had a growing fleet of autonomous vehicles that rove the ocean collecting data from a variety of onboard sensors and uploading it to the cloud. The robots have a pile of satellite uplink/GSM/WiMax communication gear and redundant GPS units.
Gosling will be creating onboard software for sensing, navigation, and autonomy, as well as in the data centre, dealing with rush of data. He said that the current systems work well, but they have a variety of problems that he was looking forward to working on and it would all be a lot of fun.
It looks like what drew him to the company was that it is doing some good for the world while remaining cool. We are not sure what that says about Google, whose motto used to be “do no evil.”
“Liquid Robotics can totally change the way we look at oceans. We’ll be able to get a wide variety of detailed data more cheaply and pervasively than any other way. It involves a large data problem and a large-scale control problem, both of which are fascinating to me and have been passions of mine for years,” he wrote.
It was not clear what Gosling was doing at Google. In fact he seemed to be doing a bit of everything. In his bog he was not miffed at the search engine outfit as he had a great time at the Googleplex and met lots of interesting people.
He surprised himself by making an another career change after meeting Liquid Robotics who were “doing something completely outrageous” and after much anguish decided to leave Google.