James Gosling leaves Google, joins Robotics startup

After spending only months at Google (March-August 2011), The Father of Java, James Gosling, makes yet another switch. This time its not another software giant but rather a startup that he thinks suits his desires.

Soon after the Oracle-Sun merger, James decided to move on and had being onto his night hacks, not working for a particular company. This year, he joined Google in pursuit of bigger ambitions. He quotes:

“I’ve surprised myself and made another career change. I had a great time at Google, met lots of interesting people, but I met some folks outside doing something completely outrageous, and after much anguish decided to leave Google.”

This Tuesday, he announced that he has moved on to Liquid Robotics, where he is chief software architect. He has solid belief in this startup and claims:

“They have 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 involved in both onboard software for sensing, navigation, and autonomy, as well as in the data center, dealing with rush of data:

“The current systems work well, but they have a variety of issues that I look forward to working on. This is going to be a lot of fun.”

Liquid Robotics tackles a rocket science problem that does good for the world and is incurably cool, 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.”

It would be fascinating to see how a startup evolves with this mastermind.

via LiquidR pressRelease [pdf]

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  • Devon Mack

    Yay I’m doing a project on him!

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