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  • 26 June 2014, 18:26

Google Conference Hit By 'Killer Robot' Protest

A protester has been evicted from Google's annual developer conference after claiming the company is creating "machines that kill people".

The man was hauled out of the room by security after labelling Google a "totalitarian" company.

Last year, the internet giant bought Boston Dynamics, a company which previously developed US military robots.

The protest came shortly after a woman held up a sign telling Google to "develop a conscience" and a day after 10 members of the 'Occupy Google' group were arrested for refusing to leave the company's campus.

Some 20 demonstrators pitched tents at the Mountain View headquarters while calling for Google to do more to back net neutrality.

The company had allowed them to stay on site during the day but asked them to leave in the evening.

When they did not do so, police were called and made arrests.

During the keynote speech, the first protester could be heard shouting the name of Google lawyer Jack Halprin.

He has been at the centre of a row involving tenants living in a block he purchased.

The protester held up a sign which read: "Stop Jack Halprin from evicting SF teachers."

Google engineer David Burke, who was on stage at the time, joked that better phone battery life would be useful during a "long protest".

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