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Scared to eat that lettuce? Robots & AI are coming to the rescue

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...

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In the face of an AI trade war, it’s the tailwinds that matter most

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...

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Why invest in AI? Core technologies hold the answer

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...

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In robotics & AI, now is the time to dive in and buy the weakness

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...

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ESG investing in the age of transparency

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...

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Seeking the Holy Grail: The quest for a safe, reliable, and universally accepted self-driving car

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...

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Drones are taking flight indoors. Are you ready?

By Raffaello D’Andrea, PhD Every day, the unique abilities of drones are being applied in amazing new ways: To help battle this year’s epidemic of wildfires, the California National Guard is using drones to capture images through the smoke and map fire behavior in real time. Last week, WakeMed Health & Hospitals began testing drones to deliver critical medical supplies between buildings at its multi-acre campus in Raleigh, NC. Spurred by drone delivery programs at Amazon, G...

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5 Years later, Wall Street is finally paying attention to robotics and AI

What a different world it was just 5 years ago. At that time, robotics and AI still seemed like something straight out of a summer blockbuster. In most people’s minds, it was pure fantasy. Very few people understood it, and even fewer believed in it as an investable opportunity. It was then, in October 2013, that our small band of believers started digging into the sector. We were passionate about finding a way to gain exposure into what we already saw as the best investment opportunity of ...

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REMEMBER THE TECH BUBBLE? TO AVOID A REPEAT PERFORMANCE IN ROBOTICS & AI, DIVERSIFICATION IS KEY

As the stock market has slowed in recent months, more than a few investors have begun to wonder: Are we in the next bubble for technology stocks? It’s a worthy question. All it takes is a brief look at the history of the stock market to understand why the alarm bells are ringing. At the height of the tech bubble in 2001, 4 of the top 7 market-cap leaders were technology companies. At the height of the oil bubble in 2008, 5 of the top 7 market-cap leaders were in the energy sector. And at th...

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ROBO Global Adds Esteemed MIT Professor Daniela Rus to Advisory Board

We're thrilled to announce the strengthening and growing expertise of our advisory board with the addition of Daniela Rus, Ph.D., Professor and Director of CSAIL (Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory) at MIT, one of the largest AI departments in the U.S. In addition to 30 years of experience as a professor, Rus’ leadership in research, innovation, and education has won her the prestigious Engelberger Award. The third ROBO Global advisory board member to obtain the award,...

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