Dan Robbins died on April Fools’ Day this year at the age of 93. It seemed somewhat appropriate for the creator of that once favorite American hobby: paint-by-numbers. Robbins came up with the idea back in the 1940s after learning that Leonardo da Vinci had numbered the sections of his canvases to instruct his apprentices where to paint a certain color. The result was a simple, plug-and-play method that allowed even those of us without a creative bone in our bodies to “paint” like an arti...Learn More
ROBO Global index member Intuitive Surgical continues to drive the healthcare robotics revolution, and investors are taking note. Its shares have climbed 17% so far this year (as of March 25, 2019) and returned a total 184% in the past three years. That’s on the heels of a reported sales growth of 19% in 2018. But the current stock price isn’t what has been drawing the most attention to Intuitive Surgical in recent weeks. The main attraction has been innovation, pure and simple. Intuitive...Learn More
By Raffaello D’Andrea, PhD Professor of Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich Co-founder of Kiva Systems (now Amazon Robotics) Founder of Verity Studios Co-founder and Strategic Advisor, ROBO Global It is no surprise that technology is transforming life as we know it. But while recent advancements have created a wave of powerful and somewhat predictable outcomes—enhanced global communication, streamlined manufacturing, real-time information access, the list goes on—other effect...Learn More
By Stu Shepherd, Universal Robots It’s a thrilling time to be working in the world of robotics. That may seem like a given. After all, every day the headlines are filled with new breakthroughs in robotics, and it seems like we humans are finally ready to jump on board. New research from NPR and Edison Research tells us that as of January 2018, one in six Americans now own a smart speaker, up 128% from just a year ago. Amazon uses robots extensively to accelerate its supply chain and ...Learn More
2018 has been quite a year for food-borne illnesses. What’s even more disturbing than the sharp rise in food safety investigations (the CDC has investigated a shocking 22 food safety investigations to date) is the fact that food safety could have—and, yes, should have—been dramatically improved with the help of the newest advancements in robotics, automation, and AI (RAAI). In an age when technology is better skilled than ever to improve food safety and keep us healthy, having more invest...Learn More
It wasn’t long ago that artificial intelligence was considered a futuristic pipe dream. Novels, films, and television shows have been serving up images of an AI-driven world for decades. Fiction authors like Neal Stephenson and Isaac Asimov painted a picture of a world in which whoever controlled technology and AI controlled the world—including the resources and, more importantly, the people. I have to wonder if Stephenson or Asimov had any inkling how accurate their visions would be—or ho...Learn More
By Henrik Christensen, PhD, Qualcomm Chancellor's Chair in Robot Systems, Director Contextual Robotics, UC San Diego For some, investing in artificial intelligence feels like banking on the unknown. The concepts behind AI can range from sounding futuristic to downright fictional. And yet, when you break down AI and explore the core technologies that drive it, look at what they are delivering today, and then consider what they are capable of delivering tomorrow, it’s suddenly quite easy...Learn More
The market may have taken a turn, but in the world of robotics and AI, the future remains glaringly bright. That’s great news for those already invested in what has been called the greatest investment opportunity of our generation. It may be even better news for investors who have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for the ideal time to dive in. Of course, even though it was widely anticipated, the latest dramatic dip in the market could easily cause even the most dedicated, long-term in...Learn More
We have entered an extraordinary age of transparency. For the first time in history, shareholders, customers, employees, and society as a whole are demanding that businesses make themselves 100% visible. The outside world is now seeking an open window into every aspect of operations, such as financial data, employee grievances, email communication, #MeToo scandals, and more. Included on that long and growing list is ESG—a company’s environmental, social, and governance policies. And almost e...Learn More
By Daniela Rus, PhD, Director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) Autonomous vehicles—or AVs—have not had an easy ride. Few doubt the extraordinary potential of self-driving vehicles. As Lawrence D. Burns, GM’s past tech exec and consultant on Google’s driverless cars, states in his just-released Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car, self-driving cars “will transform the way we live, the way we get around, and the way we do busi...Learn More
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