Java creator Gosling leaves Google for robotics startup

Java creator Gosling leaves Google for robotics startup

Summary: Java creator James Gosling has left Google for startup Liquid Robotics after only five months on the job.

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Back in March, Google was only too pleased to announced that open source icon James Gosling, who created Java, had joined their ranks less than a year after leaving Sun. But it was to be short-lived, as Gosling announced yesterday that he's left the Googleplex to work for startup Liquid Robotics as chief software architect.

In his relevant blog entry, titled "I've moved again," Gosling says that the decision to leave Google wasn't easy:

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.

For its part, Liquid Robotics designs autonomous vehicles - called "Wave Gliders" -  that cruise the ocean at one or two knots, trawling for data that then gets uploaded to the cloud by way of WiMAX, GSM, and satellite uplinks. Each unit can stay out for years at a time, and Gosling says one has been out on the water for 2.5 years now.

The system works, Gosling says, but it's not perfect. And that's where he comes in:

I'm their new chief software architect. I'll be involved in both the onboard software - sensing, navigation and autonomy - and in the datacenter, dealing with the in-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 is helmed by CEO Bill Vass, a fellow Sun veteran who says in the company's official press release that the addition of Gosling to his team will help "revolutionize global oceanic knowledge on a scale and dimension unknown in history.”

The company has Wave Rider deployments already in places like Gulf of Mexico, with Liquid Robotics' research data being used by the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and various other oceanographic facilities. Back in June, Liquid Robotics closed a $22 million round of financing. In short, it sounds about as solid as a Silicon Valley startup can get.

When Gosling originally joined Google, many took it to mean that the search giant had a trump card in its ongoing Java patent battles against Oracle. But after only about five months, it looks like Gosling has left that legal minefield behind for something entirely new for him.

Topics: Open Source, Emerging Tech, Google, Software Development

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  • Maybe he saw what Google was doing and didn't want to get dirty

    The guy was probably hired by Google to figure out a way to steal more Java IP. Once he saw that the theft is beyond Java, Gosling probably decided that what ever Google is paying was not worth risking his professional legacy.

    FYI: I just made the entire thing up ... even if it turned out to be true ... it was a completely made up story.
    wackoae
    • RE: Java creator Gosling leaves Google for robotics startup

      @wackoae
      Yeah ! He said he was in distress with GooG ! Google is such a C*** to loose him
      http://www.geekwindow.com/2011/08/james-gosling-to-leave-google-and-join.html
      TechExpert21
  • RE: Java creator Gosling leaves Google for robotics startup

    I think enough has been said about Google's credibility...now even involved in drug sales to make dirty money. Its a shame that google is getting away with it by paying $500m.

    Its time to revist all google actions and make them pay the price for stealing, and harming other business with evil practices

    Google is in bed with many politicians in many countries. But one day everything will come crashing down. That day seems to be not too far.
    owlnet
    • RE: Java creator Gosling leaves Google for robotics startup

      @owlnet

      Maybe it's time to bring down the Rico Act on Google, look into their International laundering of illegal drug profits through Bermuda via Ireland.

      "Do no evil" doublespeak.
      bannedagain
      • RE: Java creator Gosling leaves Google for robotics startup

        @bannedagain [citation needed]
        Bucky24
    • RE: Java creator Gosling leaves Google for robotics startup

      @owlnet I'm interested in Google's evil practices, I've stopped using Google products since they don't care about privacy at all, and Google Plus is just an advertising site which erroneusly is called a social network.
      Do you have a link where I can read more info about the drug sales deal to make dirty money?
      Gabriel Hernandez
      • RE: Java creator Gosling leaves Google for robotics startup

        @Gabriel Hernandez

        Aiding illegal drug dealers<br><br><a href="http://www.bing.com/search?q=google%20500%20million%20fine" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.bing.com/search?q=google%20500%20million%20fine</a>

        Money laundering.

        http://www.bing.com/search?q=google+tax+haven+Ireland+bermuda&go=&qs=n&sk=&form=QBRE
        bannedagain
  • RE: Java creator Gosling leaves Google for robotics startup

    A great Migration !

    http://www.geekwindow.com/2011/08/james-gosling-to-leave-google-and-join.html
    TechExpert21
  • RE: Java creator Gosling leaves Google for robotics startup

    Trouble in Android land? My crystal ball says Samsung will be buying WebOS...
    Gr8Music
  • RE: Java creator Gosling leaves Google for robotics startup

    Truly amazing
    HankDejesus
  • feeding the &quot;inner nerd&quot;?

    Is Gosling leaving a situation that has become a high profile legal quagmire or is it that he simply found a company pursing technical challenges that play to his inner nerd?

    Me thinks is simply the latter in this case. I applaud Mr. Gosling for going after that which will satisfy him on an intellectual level of endeavor.
    rogerv
  • RE: Java creator Gosling leaves Google for robotics startup

    choice: work with autonomous ocean going robots or work in an office at Google.
    opcom
    • RE: Java creator Gosling leaves Google for robotics startup

      @opcom as you said choice: that says it all
      carlson1@...
  • RE: Java creator Gosling leaves Google for robotics startup

    So the robots are going to be large, slow and clunky, only work when their virtual controller accompanies them and spend most of their time updating their code ;-)
    tonymcs@...