Robotics + Cloud Computing + Big Data

James Gosling joins Liquid Robotics

Hartmut Schlosser

After five months of employment at Google, “Java-father” James Gosling has accepted a job as chief software architect at the small start-up, Liquid Robotics.

Thousands of small,
remote-controlled robot boats criss-cross the oceans and collect
data that they provide through a cloud infrastructure. These wave
gliders are powered by the energy they gain autonomously from the
surrounding water movements. By this, weather forecasting, research
on ocean currents, detection of oil deposits, and new forms of
fish-farming all become possible.

What sounds like an ambitious research project is the tangible
business model of Liquid Robotics, and the scenario which no lesser
than “Java-father” James Gosling is to deal in the future. After
only five months of employment at Google, Gosling has accepted a
job as chief software architect at the small start-up, Liquid

As Gosling describes in his blog, he will take care on the one hand of the on-board
software of the mini-boats, which involves the sensors, autonomous
power supply and navigation. On the other hand, Gosling deals with
the processing of the vast data quantity the boats will collect
during missions lasting up to 2 ½ years.

Liquid Robotics´ business model is promising. Founded in 2007, the
company has customers such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research
Institute, various energy companies, telecommunications companies
and the U.S. Military. Currently 30 % of
company revenue comes through the sale of the collected data.
This number is expected to grow to 90% by building an
infrastructure of cloud-based data
According to Liquid Robotics
CEO Bill Vass, the new technology will allow a considerable
reduction of the 60 billion U.S. dollars spent annually on the
collection of marine data via satellites, buoys and ships.
Contracts are already signed to send out thousands of wave gliders
on a journey through the oceans in the next two years.

Liquid Robotics is changing the economics of ocean operations.
[…] James is one of the best software engineers in the industry
and will help us revolutionize global oceanic knowledge on a scale
unknown in history and dimension.

Bill Vass, CEO of Liquid Robotics


Robotics + Cloud Computing + Big Data – a combination that seems
to be more fascinating for Gosling than his last position at
Google, which was not really well defined anyway. “This is going to
be a lot of fun,” said Gosling about his new challenge in his usual
flippant style. Perhaps Gosling can even find a way to prevent
shark attacks on the robot-boats

Currently, 30 percent of the
companies revenue comes in through the sale of the collected


Hartmut Schlosser

Hartmut Schlosser

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Harmut Schlosser is the editor and online coordinator for Software & Support Media’s portals, Windows Developer and PHP Magazin. He is a specialist in Java Enterprise-Technologies, Eclipse & ALM, Android and Business Technology. Before working at S&S Media he studied Music, Information Studies and French anthropology.
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