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Investing in AI? Here’s how and why diversification is key

By Chris Buck, Head of Capital Markets and Sales, ROBO Global It seems every time I chat with one of ROBO’s dedicated robotics and AI experts, I’m reminded just how fast technology leadership can change and why diversification is key to helping investors capture the growth in AI. Recently, a short email from Henrik Christensen, PhD confirmed the vital importance of our approach to investing in robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence (RAAI)—including focused research and divers...

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Spotlight on the AI pioneer behind Sophia the Robot: Ben Goertzel

Last week, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to interview one of the brightest minds in robotics and AI today: Ben Goertzel. As the chief scientist at Hanson Robotics, the company that created the AI robot Sophia, Ben is a true innovator and a visionary in the field. He is a founder and the current CEO of SingularityNET, a company that focuses on bringing AI and blockchain together to create a decentralized open market for AI; the chairman of the Artificial General Intelligence Society and ...

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Turnkey Tech Investing: July 2019 Market Brief

For the first half of the year, the emphasis for the market overall was on the “climb.” Recently, however, the challenge has been getting the upper hand. For those with a short-term time horizon, it will be challenging to understand central bank policies or the ultimate outcome of the escalating global trade war. While these issues have most certainly presented a challenge, for those with their eyes on the long-term destination, recent investments in the theme point to future growth. In ...

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Giving viruses a taste of their own medicine

New technology is exploiting a virus’s capability to enter the human body and deliver therapy, rather than disease.  It’s called a viral vector, and it’s one of the fastest growing themes in precision medicine due to its increasing accuracy in treating rare diseases. Here is a brief look at this innovative technology, and the genomics and precision medicine companies within the ROBO Global Healthcare Technology and Innovation Index (HTEC) that provide investors with exposure to this them...

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Qiagen: The most ubiquitous company in molecular diagnostics

With over 500,000 customers, Qiagen’s products are used in almost every molecular biology lab in the world. Qiagen’s “Sample to Insight” mission aims to offer end-to-end solutions to clinical labs and life science companies. The company has the #1 market leadership position in sample technologies that are used in every application in molecular biology (e.g. liquid biopsy, CRISPR, AAV). Qiagen’s strategy is to leverage its large client base to cross-sell its new solutions, including ful...

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AI in the Workplace: Say hello to your newest co-workers

By Henrik Christensen, PhD, Qualcomm Chancellor’s Chair in Robot Systems, Director Contextual Robotics, UC San Diego; ROBO Global Strategic Advisor For years, the hype around artificial intelligence (AI) in the workplace has centered around one thing: the potential impact on the human workforce. But as AI evolves and organizations continue to discover new ways to apply the power of AI in nearly every facet of industry, perceptions are quickly shifting away from viewing AI as a threat ...

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At PTC, augmented reality is creating a whole new world

Augmented reality. The highly hyped phrase itself conjures up images of a fantastical future. And yet, in the case of ROBO Global Index member PTC, those images actually live up to the hype. A leader in CAD (computer-aided design) and PLM (product lifecycle management), PTC has successfully pivoted its focus toward the Internet of Things, or IoT. The company now boasts a growing ecosystem of customers that are using its comprehensive IoT software development stack to create the future of augment...

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Turnkey Tech Investing: June 2019 Market Brief

Despite fears of a prolonged U.S./China trade war, escalating geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, and slowing global growth, global equity markets finished June with solid gains. The ROBO portfolio gained 10.3% for the month, easily outpacing a 6.5% gain for ACWI. After a two-day meeting, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell addressed fears of how the continuing US/China trade war could hurt the US economy. Powell commented that the central bank was closely monitoring the situation and the Fed w...

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China’s rise to AI dominance: from threat to opportunity

If you tuned in to the first round of the Democratic primary candidate debates, you know that one of the hottest topics in Miami was China. It came as no surprise. Trump’s tariff wars have put the spotlight on China—a country that is now viewed by many as the biggest external threat to the US today. Not only does China pose economic and military threats to the US, but its aggressive initiative to become the world leader in AI is working. For investors with their eyes on robotics and AI, t...

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Tecan: Enabling the disruption of life science and diagnostics

At a recent visit to our New York office, Achim von Leoprechting, the new CEO of Switzerland-based Tecan, shared how the Swiss company’s technology is helping to revolutionize the life sciences industry. Following our conversation, we remain bullish on the long-term growth outlook for this market leader in lab automation for life science and research organizations. What does the company do exactly? Tecan provides the chassis, nuts, and bolts that enable genomic research and drug discovery—tw...

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Investing in healthcare technology and innovation

At ROBO Global, we believe robotics, automation, and AI to be the next technological revolution—perhaps the most important in our lifetime. It is a global shift that is comparable to the introduction of electricity in the early 20th century and, more recently, to the adoption of the Internet and mobile technologies over the last two decades. To enable investors to gain exposure to best-in-class companies across these key robotics and AI applications, ROBO Global created the ROBO Global Roboti...

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Robotics competitions showcase the collaborative power of ROS—the Robot Operating System

By Prof. Wyatt Newman, Ph.D., P.E. It’s been said that there’s nothing like a little healthy competition to motivate a winner. However, in the world of robotics, recent competitions are making it quite clear that winners are everywhere—in every industry and every part of the globe—thanks to the collaborative power of ROS, otherwise known as the Robot Operating System. In fact, if there’s one thing other than sheer inventive genius that can be credited with spurring the massive robot...

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AI is shaping the future of shopping and investors stand to benefit

At the local Neighborhood Market in Levittown, New York, customers are getting a first-hand look at the future of shopping. It is here that Walmart is putting artificial intelligence (AI) to the test, applying advanced technologies to increase operational efficiencies and improve customer service in its stores nationwide. Cameras and real-time analytics work together to send automatic alerts when an item is out-of-stock, and then prompt store associates to re-stock the shelves. Using sophisticat...

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Fiction vs. Reality: A real-world look at the technologies in Westworld Season 3

If you have yet to jump on the Westworld bandwagon, you’re missing out. That’s particularly true for anyone who is awestruck by the future of robotics and AI. Known for its lifelike representations of tomorrow’s technologies, the HBO series drew accolades and a passionate following after it first aired in 2016. With season three officially in the works, newcomers have plenty of time to get caught up before new episodes air sometime in 2020 (the exact date remains TBD). HBO released the sea...

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A time capsule at MIT shines a spotlight on the speed of AI innovation—and what’s ahead for investors

By Daniela Rus, PhD, Director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) Last week I was part of an epic unveiling of a bona fide time capsule here on the campus at MIT. The one that we were lucky enough to have hidden right within our own lab at CSAIL was something technology dreams are made of: a real-life time capsule that could be opened only if someone could solve a complex cryptography puzzle before 2033, the year the creator expected technology to be a...

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Turnkey Tech Investing: May 2019 Market Brief

Between trade conflicts, tweets, earnings reports, tweets, weak data, and more tweets, investors seem both exhausted and confused. And for good reason. As if the US/China trade situation wasn’t enough to ratchet up investor angst in recent weeks, next came the Mexico tariffs right out of left field. Then the market tumbled, then Powell hinted at a possible cut in interest rates to help steady the rocky ship. The current geopolitical environment is adding fuel to the fire, begging the question ...

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AI is hitting the road—and not only in self-driving cars

By Henrik Christensen, PhD, Qualcomm Chancellor's Chair in Robot Systems, Director Contextual Robotics, UC San Diego; ROBO Global Strategic Advisor When most people think about AI and transportation, their minds go immediately to self-driving cars. But while the delivery of truly autonomous vehicles that are safe and reliable in all environments, all of the time, remains in the relatively distant future, AI is already being applied in a variety of applications that are poised to transfo...

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AI: Shaping the Future of Healthcare

Healthcare stands out as one of the least digitized economic sectors and a bona fide latecomer to the opportunity of automation. While other industries have made great strides leveraging the power of automation everywhere from the factory floor to the living room floor, healthcare had seemed content to remain in a state of complacency, with extremely low productivity gains in the past decade. Even as robot-assisted surgery was making headlines, the rest of the healthcare supply chain seemed stuc...

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At MassRobotics, robotics startups get a critical leg up

By Fady Saad, co-founder and corporate partnerships director of MassRobotics Robotics is arguably one of the most fascinating areas of development in recent history. As robotics technologies and their applications in the real world continue to evolve and mature, they are bringing comic book fantasies and movie images from the past to life. But taking an idea from concept to delivery is a long and often winding road that can block the path to success for even the most brilliant ideas. It’s ...

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Investing in the promise of a longer life

At long last, the healthcare industry is undergoing a massive transformation. It’s a past-due shift in an area that seemed to remain stagnant for decades, even as the world around it evolved at a rapid pace. But new technologies are finally making change possible, moving from a healthcare model focused on caring for the sick to one that is focused on prediction, prevention, and the eradication of disease. The expected result: a longer lifespan—as well as a plethora of new investment opportun...

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New tariff threat offers robotics & AI exposure at a discount

The markets are jittering again as US-China trade negotiations enter the final stretch. Just days ahead of a scheduled visit of China’s trade team to Washington, President Trump renewed his threat to ramp up tariffs on $200B of Chinese imports from 10% to 25%. The news hit stocks hard on Monday and Tuesday—especially robotics and automation companies. At ROBO Global, we believe that such a pullback presents investors with a rare opportunity to increase exposure to robotics, automation and AI...

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Research Snapshot: Insights abound at the O’Reilly AI Conference

Last month, I was one of the lucky ones attending the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence (AI) Conference in NYC. Billed as a “rare opportunity to bypass the hype and discover how emerging developments can be applied into practical and profitable AI you can implement in your business today,” the line-up of speakers was impressive, and the content did not fail to provide attendees with some great first-hand looks at what is happening in the world of AI today. Presented in conjunction with I...

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Tackling our big AI challenge

By lllah R. Nourbakhsh, PhD Applying AI in the real world is no simple task. While artificial intelligence has much to offer, it is the responsibility of engineers, computer scientists, and technologists to create AI systems that operate in symbiotic synchronicity with human beings. And yet, all too often, AI is seen as the silver-bullet solution to nearly every problem—from cutting manufacturing costs, to guaranteeing same-day delivery, to curing cancer. But in our rush to deliver on AI’...

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Who’s that knocking at the door? AI has finally come home

By Henrik Christensen, PhD, Qualcomm Chancellor's Chair in Robot Systems, Director Contextual Robotics, UC San Diego; ROBO Global Strategic Advisor More than 25 years ago, I found myself, once again, sitting at a conference watching a presentation by a major consulting firm. But this one was different from anything I’d seen before. The video showed what was then a fantastical scene of a woman getting ready for work. Standing in her kitchen, she told her coffee maker to brew a hot cup ...

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Gaining Global Robotics Exposure: A Q&A with ROBO Global Director of Research Jeremie Capron

Q. How do you see AI impacting the investment world? Jeremie Capron: As it will in every other industry, I think AI will have a profound impact on the investment business. Recently, we’ve seen some initiatives that use AI to pick stocks by applying machine learning to historical sets of stock trading data. The track record for this sort of application is fairly limited, but we have yet to see any really impressive results. Nor have we seen any major blow-ups, so it will be interesting to watc...

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Are you investing in a masterpiece—or a cheap imitation?

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...

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Intuitive Surgical: Setting the gold standard in robotic surgery

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...

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At a SXSW keynote address, Raffaello D’Andrea and his drones take center stage

At South by Southwest (SXSW) this year, ROBO Global co-founder and strategic advisor Raffaello D’Andrea took the spotlight at the Sony WOW Studio in Austin, TX. The focus of his keynote address: the future of drones. D’Andrea’s goal is simple. As he told the audience, he strives “to push the boundaries of what autonomous systems can do—and, in particular, drones.” Soon after, a swirl of drones rose from the ground, enveloping the crowd in a perfectly choreographed demonstration of...

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5G: Transforming Tomorrow with the Power of Data

The newest generation of wireless networking—5G—is almost here. As the digital revolution continues to accelerate, so does the demand for data. This fact has made the need for high-speed, connected 5G networks imperative. 5G is the key to transmitting, processing, and storing the massive amounts of data that make our digital lives possible. How will 5G transform the industries of tomorrow? How can investors make the most of this new wave of opportunity? The answers may surprise you. But f...

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When a rose is not a rose: Defining the theme of robotics, automation & AI

Just six years ago, ROBO Global was a lonely voice in the world of robotics investing. While many saw robotics, automation, and AI (RAAI) as an exciting theme, almost everyone was quick to recognize the momentous challenge of making sense of this fractured and almost completely unstructured space. Who were the real front-runners? Who were the emerging players? How would the theme unfold in the years to come? It was obvious that with so many moving parts, the answers to these key questions were c...

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Spotlight on Asia: A conversation with Morten Paulsen

By Jeremie Capron, Head of Research, ROBO Global I recently had the opportunity to speak with Morten Paulsen, the Head of Research and a Managing Director at CLSA Japan. As a member of the ROBO Global Strategic Advisory Board, Morten’s insights into developments in robotics, automation, and AI in Asia help inform our research and alert us to the latest advancements coming to the forefront from both current industry leaders and emerging companies. Morten has covered the Japanese robotics an...

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AeroVironment: Changing the landscape of precision agriculture

AeroVironment has been making headlines lately, and for good reason. The recent availability of its Quantix™ VTOL hybrid drone and the AeroVironment Decision Support System™ (AV DSS) marks a key shift for the application of robotics and AI in the area of precision agriculture. At ROBO Global, we’ve been anticipating the company’s trajectory since the company became an index member at the inception of the index in August 2013. Since that time, AeroVironment has delivered a 26% annualized...

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Biotelemetry: Saving lives with remote health monitoring

A pioneer in the wireless medical technology space, BioTelemetry is changing how doctors monitor and diagnose health disorders and diseases. While this technology holds the potential to be applied across the healthcare space, at the moment, its use in mobile cardiac monitoring is leading the way, both in practical application and in its ability to drive revenue for this industry leader. The market has taken note, and this ROBO Global Index member delivered a total return of more than 443% in the...

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Trump finally announced a plan for AI dominance, but is it enough?

It’s no mystery that the majority of corporations already view AI as a must-have competitive tool in the race toward market leadership. As industry after industry has felt the critical impact of AI-driven disruption, companies large and small have made AI programs a top priority, using it to enable everything from highly automated and efficient warehouses, to customizing client service, to delivering pizzas. It was only a matter of time before our government saw the light. This week, Presid...

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Being human in a digital world

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...

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AI is coming! Investors: Are you ready?

  Artificial intelligence—or AI—is either poised to save the world… or destined to doom it. It all depends on who you talk to on any given day. Proponents of AI see emerging technologies such as machine learning and big data mining as the key to a future in which life is easier, smarter, and faster. Naysayers fear economic disruption, unemployed workers, and a world that puts machines in control. Like religion, it’s a debate that is nearly impossible to win. The reason? AI wil...

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When markets correct, the right strategy can help advisors ease investor fears

One of every advisor’s biggest challenges is keeping your clients invested for the long run and sticking to the plan. Typical investor behavior helps to explain why investors want to buy high and sell low. "Investors are 'normal,' not rational," says Meir Statman, one of the leading thinkers in behavioral finance. Investors tend to change risk tolerance based on the direction of the market. For example, investors’ willingness to tolerate risk may fall when markets are falling. Alternatively,...

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Thoughts on AI: Some High-Probability Predictions on a Very Uncertain Future

Guest post by J.H. Cullum Clark, Director, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative and an Adjunct Professor of Economics at SMU   While it’s impossible to be certain about what artificial intelligence (AI) will mean for our economic future, history offers hints for what it may hold. Will AI cause mass unemployment? No. New technologies have always enabled the economy to produce existing products with fewer workers, freeing up people’s resources for new products and...

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Robotics & AI Takeover the 2019 Superbowl Commercials

Artificial intelligence, virtual assistants, and humanoid robots took over the Superbowl this year in what seemed like a bot per commercial break. People certainly took notice in both the living space and the digital realm with commentary on the undeniable trend. These spots combined have racked up over 50 million views on Youtube alone - Amazon's attributing for 38 million of that thanks to its impressive celebrity lineup. From Pringle-lusting to beer-loving, it’s safe to say that brands ...

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Welcome to the Age of the Cobots

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 ...

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2019: The Year AI Comes Alive!

Heading into 2019, investors are being plagued by a laundry list of concerns. And while many of the major issues worrying the market have been addressed (the perception of complacency has been flushed out; interest rates are heading back to normal; and Powell has given doves hope even while signaling lower growth, pending inflation, and the need to be data dependent), now is the time to focus on investing—and staying invested—in the future growth of what has been called the most important ...

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ABB exits Power Grids and paves the way for accelerated growth

ABB, a member of the ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index since inception, has finally announced its long-awaited exit from Power Grids in a logical strategic move that will allow the company to focus more heavily on the robotics, automation, and electrification markets and presents attractive dynamics driven by the digitalization of industry. ABB will sell 80% of Power Grids to Hitachi, its JV partner in Japan, at a valuation of $11B, or 11.2x EV/operating EBITA, with predefined exit ...

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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 age of Amazon and Alibaba, logistics automation is the key to competing with giants

E-commerce has exploded. A decade ago, the industry barely existed. But in the age of Amazon and Alibaba, retailers with any hope of competing must adapt, adopt, and automate—or perish. This focus on automation had already driven the logistics automation market to astronomical highs. Valued at over $46B today, the market is projected to nearly double in the next five years[1]. Much of this growth can be directly attributed to the e-commerce boon and soaring consumer demand for quick, easy onli...

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ROBO Global’s sub-index series puts research and trend monitoring at your fingertips

The robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence sector—or RAAI—has been grabbing headlines as one of the most sought after investment opportunities of the decade. That opportunity has led to a flood of robotics-themed investment products hitting the market in the past 24 months. Navigating this expanding landscape can be a complex and time-consuming puzzle. The challenge is by no means restricted to RAAI. Today, it seems there’s an index available to tackle nearly every theme and ...

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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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Here’s what’s coming in the world of robotics and AI. Investors: Are you ready?

Any experienced investor knows that a down market isn’t something to dread. In fact, if you’re investing for the long term, it’s something to celebrate. If today’s market has you wondering where to invest to help bolster your portfolio down the road, one of the most exciting places to look is robotics, automation, and AI (RAAI). What’s happening in RAAI today can feel like it’s been plucked straight out of a science fiction fantasy. But make no mistake: these innovations are 100% ...

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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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The Story Nobody’s Telling About Our Robot Future

Bring on the robots... That’s the message from today’s Inner Circle expert. Once the realm of sci-fi movies, robots are now finding their way into every American industry. From brick-laying robots that build a house in a day to robotic brain surgeons that operate with sub-millimeter accuracy, robotic technologies will revolutionize our world the way the internet did nearly 20 years ago. And here’s the kicker… Rather than destroying jobs, robots will add millions of jobs and create tri...

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Henrik von Scheel on Industry 4.0 and the AI investment opportunity

An interview with Henrik von Scheel, the originator of the Industry 4.0, by Richard Lightbound, ROBO Global. If you’ve ever spent time on an angry sea, you’ve seen first-hand just how powerful a fast-changing storm can be. Industry 4.0, or the fourth industrial revolution, is the biggest storm to come ashore in our history. And of the three waves of this storm, the second—which is happening now—is transforming the world as we know it. And it’s all rooted in Artificial Intelligence. ...

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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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Is it a correction? Is it a bear? Robotics, automation & AI investors couldn’t ask for better news

Something funny happened on Wall Street this week, but almost no one is laughing. After seeming to prove that it was nearly impervious to any threat, the market suddenly—and dramatically—moved south. We won’t include the numbers here; every investor knows not just the impact on the major indices, but how that shift has impacted your personal holdings. And yet, for any investor who is in this game for the long haul, lower prices are nothing but a pleasant surprise. That’s especially true ...

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Investing in robotics & AI? Understanding the trajectory is key

By Louis-Vincent Gave, CEO, Gavekal Research and Jeremie Capron, Director of Research, ROBO Global Media coverage of the robotics industry over the past two years has gone into hyper-drive, making it appear as if robots are set to take over the world or, at the very least, take over enough jobs to put the human workforce at risk. That focus has everything to do with the dramatic improvements in performance capabilities of robotics and AI. No longer confined to the factory floor, many new app...

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3 Reasons Investors are Turning to Robotics & AI

"The most unloved bull market in history” has continued to barrel forward, and its age alone has many investors worrying about what’s just around the corner. I get it. On August 15, the bull market became the longest in recent history—and that was more than a month ago. Last week we watched the Dow climb another 2.25% and the S&P 500 rose 0.85%—now up more than 300% since March 2009. And though the NASDAQ was down just a touch, it was still within an arm’s length of its August peak...

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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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International Manufacturing Technology Show 2018

Last week we attended the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, and we returned with increased confidence in our bullish outlook for the robotics and automation market. From what we saw, there is no doubt: the factory of the future is now! The mood for the entire show was clearly positive, and that energy was reflected in a truly record-breaking event. Attendance was up by nearly 8,000, hitting 129,415, and more than 2,500 companies were featured on the exhibition floor, inc...

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Chipmakers are battling it out for a claim in the high-flying AI chip market

At the core of artificial intelligence (AI) is machine learning—a computer’s ability to use data (and lots of it) to learn and continuously improve its decision-making based on complex algorithms. In order for data centers, robots, drones, autonomous vehicles, and devices like digital assistants and smart phones to process these massive quantities of data, they require a key component: semiconductor chips. The result: the robotics and AI revolution has sparked a new battle for leadership amo...

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Brooks Automation Strives for Life Sciences Leadership

Wise business moves aren’t always recognized immediately, but for Brooks Automation, divesting its semiconductor cryogenics business to Edward Group, an affiliate of Atlas Copco, for $675M in cash delivered a big same-day reward: an immediate pop in its share price of more than 30%. The company has said it plans to use the influx of cash to spur its fast-growing life sciences business. The notable bump in price was just more good news that highlighted the company’s stunning performance overa...

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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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When investing in robotics and AI, the devil is in the details

Common business sense says that rising competition is one surefire way to know you’re on to something good. Clearly, ROBO Global’s approach to investing in robotics and AI has been validated—in spades! In the past 24 months, more than 10 new ETFs have come onto the market in an attempt to generate returns by investing in robotics and automation. With the heightened competition, however, come questions. How should investors sift through the noise? What should investors be looking into when ...

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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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In today’s trade war, robotics, automation, and AI may be the only winners

You’ve heard it over and over again: No one wins in a trade war. As the trade war between the US and China continues to escalate, the tariffs and barriers on imported products threaten to slow business activity, create supply chain friction, and dampen international trade—not only between the two countries themselves, but around the globe. So, in a general sense, it’s true. No one wins a trade war. But robotics, automation, and AI—or RAAI—is notorious for breaking the rules. And whe...

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Robotics Fundings, Acquisitions and IPOs: June 2018

Twenty-seven startups raised money in June to the tune of $2.1 billion, another great month for robotics fundings! Also during June there were ten acquisitions and two IPOs. See below for details. The top robotics fundings were: Rockwell (NYSE:ROK) made a $1 billion equity investment in PTC (NASDAQ:PTC), an automation control software provider to government and industry. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is investing $500 million in JD (JingDong) (NASDAQ:JD), the Chinese equivalent to Amazon...

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ESG moves towards ‘impact investing’ to become a global investor priority

Just a few years ago, ESG (environmental, social, and governance) investing was making headlines for its ability to give investors a vehicle that allowed them to align investments with their personal values. Often labeled as ‘impact investments,’ funds and stocks that adhered to ESG guidelines were considered feel-good vehicles—but not necessarily the best options from a returns perspective. These were largely niche solutions targeted at Millennials, liberals, and anyone who put their hear...

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Advisor Insights: The robotics market is still booming

At the 2018 Automatica Fair in Munich, the International Federation for Robotics (IFR) presented a preview of the annual sales statistics for the robotics sector at the CEO roundtable. The final statistics will be published by IFR in cooperation with VDMA in October. The preliminary numbers are interesting in many ways. First of all the sales of robots increased by 29% year-over-year during 2017. The total number of shipped robots went up to 381 thousand units, of which 2/3 are sold in Asia. ...

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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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Market keeping you up at night? Add Robotics & AI to the mix for a better night’s sleep.

If you’re like most investors, you’re longing for a return to the “good old days” of 2017. Although the market has yet to slide into dreaded bear territory, you’re not the only one who can’t sleep at night. Market momentum overall has slowed to a near halt, which can make any investor worry: what’s next? One way to help protect your portfolio against the risk of a downturn (and to finally get that great night’s sleep you’ve been longing for!) is to add robotics, automation, ...

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Robotics Fundings, Acquisitions and IPOs: May 2018

By: Strategic Advisor Frank Tobe of The Robot Report Twenty-seven startups were funded in May for a total of $2.5 billion. The top five were: Cruise Holdings announced a two-phase funding by SoftBank Vision Fund totaling $2.25 billion. $900 million will be funded right away. Future funding of $1.35 billion is contingent on two things: regulatory approval and at the time when Cruise AVs are ready for commercial deployment. At that time GM will also invest another $1.1 billion thereby pro...

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Renishaw is manufacturing the future of 3D Printing

When I say that I work in robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence (RAAI), the first things most people think of are humanoid robots (think Star Wars), AI (think Alexa), or self-driving cars (think Tesla). But the spectrum of RAAI transcends the obvious. ROBO Global index member Renishaw, the oldest and perhaps boldest player in the world of 3D printing, is just one example. Established in 1973, the company is transforming the application of additive manufacturing—more commonly called...

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With nurses in short supply, eldercare robots are coming to the rescue

A shortage of nurses is already taxing an already stressed healthcare system, and there’s seemingly no end in sight. According to the American Nurses Association, there are currently about three million nurses in the US—about one million short of the number that will be needed to provide sufficient care for the fast-growing population of elderly men and women requiring care in the next five years alone. Dr. Manish Kothari, President of SRI Ventures and a ROBO Global strategic advisor, see...

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Robotics Fundings, Acquisitions and IPOs: April 2018

By: Frank Tobe, ROBO Global Strategic Advisor & editor of The Robot Report Twenty startups were funded in April 2018. Fifteen disclosed transaction amounts totaling $808 million of which the $600 million to SenseTime, the Alibaba-funded Chinese deep learning and facial recognition software provider focused on smart self-driving vehicle systems, was by far the largest. Year to date, fundings total $2.3 billion! Seven acquisitions also occurred in April. The most notable was the acquisitio...

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ROS is Fueling Today’s Robotics Renaissance

By Prof. Wyatt Newman, Ph.D. In 1956, Joseph Engelberger founded Unimation, Inc., the world’s first robotics company. It was a promising step toward a future enabled by robots. But over the decades that followed, advancements in robotics were consistently disappointing. Despite research efforts around the world, most robotics projects delivered only demonstrations and curiosities that died in the lab. The reasons were many. First, new projects were nearly always started from scratch. New...

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Self-driving car manufacturers are building the world’s most experienced drivers—but it won’t happen overnight

Who doesn’t remember that first time behind the wheel of a car? As a teenager growing up in Minnesota, for me, driving meant one thing: freedom. And that, for the first time ever, I could go wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted, on my own. And, oh man, it was easy. At 16, life was all about me and the open road. Of course, that was more years ago than I like to admit. Today, my daughter isn’t nearly as enthusiastic about driving. Like most of her friends, she is more than happy to rely on...

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Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE Lab offers up-close look at the impact of climate change

On Earth Day this year, more than 1 billion people in 192 countries are expected to take part in the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. We’ve come a long way since the first Earth Day on April 20, 1970—almost 50 years ago. Not only are more people than ever taking personal action to help protect the Earth, but we also have tools that finally make it possible to see and make sense of the very real changes that are taking place today. On Earth Day, our team at Carnegie Mellon’...

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Robotics Fundings, Acquisitions and IPOs: March 2018

Twenty-four startups were funded in March 2018 raising a combined total of $350 million. That brings the 3-month total to $1.5 billion! There was an additional funding of $2.5 billion to JD Logistics, an 81.4%-owned spin-off that is the logistics arm of JD, China’s 2nd largest online retailer. Funding came from Hillhouse, Sequoia, China Merchants, Tencent, China Life, China Development Bank, China Structural Reform and ICBC International. JD Logistics has 14 smart warehouses serving a netwo...

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Even in a down market, the robotics trajectory is up and away!

Investing in a down market requires a higher level of due diligence. While it can feel a bit more daunting, if you’re aiming for long-term gains, you can actually find yourself in a sweet spot—especially if you’re able to identify opportunities that are poised for growth, no matter what the state of the market overall. If you’re seeking a buy low/sell high opportunity (and, quite frankly, who isn’t?), the first place to look may be the exciting and fast-growing universe of robotics. ...

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iRobot Paves the Way for Smarter Homes

iRobot is the world’s leading consumer robot company and a bellwether member of the ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index. Founded in 1990 by MIT roboticists, iRobot pioneered the smart home robot category with the introduction of its Roomba robot vacuum in 2002. Since then, the company has sold more than 20 million robots—a phenomenal success that drove remarkable shareholder returns. In the ten years prior to 2017, iRobot’s Nasdaq-listed stock returned a total 351% to shareholders,...

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How the Race for AI Dominance Will Determine Tomorrow’s Superpowers

It should come as no surprise that the Trump Administration put the brakes on a takeover bid of Qualcomm by Singapore-based Broadcom on Monday on the grounds of national security. The decision is about much more than trying to win the race toward dominance in artificial intelligence. While AI is certainly an area that is poised to impact every area of the supply chain for nearly every industry around the globe, what Qualcomm has to offer is much bigger—and the potential to take it out of the h...

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Is “National Security” Trump’s Excuse for a Trade War?

President Trump has finally delivered on his promise of trade protectionism. But by promising to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports on “national security” grounds, President Trump addresses a problem that doesn’t exist—and creates a host of new ones. Several notable economists think the proposed tariffs of 10% on aluminum and 25% on steel will, at least to some extent, hurt—not help—US manufacturing by triggering declines in orders for critical investments such as roboti...

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New Growth in Earnings and Outlooks for Robotics, Automation & AI

The 2017 earnings season is finally coming to a close, and all numbers point to a tremendous year of growth in robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence (RAAI). ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index members—including a diverse mix of companies large and small across the RAAI supply chain—posted the strongest positive earnings surprise since the inception of the index, with 88% of index members beating consensus sales estimates. What’s more, the key trends driving the industry...

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Robotics Fundings, Acquisitions, IPOs and Failures: February 2018

By: Frank Tobe, ROBO Global Strategic Advisor, The Robot Report Nineteen different startups were funded in February, raising $377 million; a substantial two-month start for the new year. Five acquisitions were reported during the month, while the IPO front had no activity whatsoever. CB Insights said that China dominated the funding of AI-related startups during 2017. So far in 2018, the China funding percentage appears to be less than the 48% of 2017. Robotics Fundings 1. PROCEPT BioRobo...

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RESEARCH ARROWS ARE UP WITH ONE COMMON THREAD: DIGITAL DATA

By Frank Tobe, Strategic Advisor to ROBO Global, The Robot Report MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga said that “data is the new oil.” Masayoshi Son, CEO of SoftBank, says that artificial intelligence combined with data gathered by billions of sensors is bringing on an information revolution. Manufacturers everywhere are changing – some, with government assistance – because of new technologies, new competitors, new ecosystems, and new ways of doing business. Companies that adopt these new digita...

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, INDUSTRY DISRUPTORS, AND FINDING THE PERFECT FIT

By Lisa Chai, Senior Research Analyst, ROBO Global Artificial Intelligence. It’s something that has captured the imaginations of futurists of every age since long before it was a reality. I’m no exception. As a kid, my favorite characters were the Terminator, D.A.R.Y.L., and Short Circuit’s “Johnny 5.” As I got older, I became obsessed with The Matrix, I, Robot, and Ex Machina. Nothing could quench my appetite for a new take on the future of AI. Perhaps it’s no surprise that...

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DISTINGUISHED CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR ILLAH R. NOURBAKHSH JOINS ROBO GLOBAL ADVISORY BOARD

ROBO Global, the creator of the first benchmark index tracking the global robotics and automation market, has increased the depth and expertise of its advisory board with the addition of Illah R. Nourbakhsh, Professor of Robotics at The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. “At ROBO Global, our singular focus on the robotics, automation and artificial intelligence ecosystem is to extract the value of these growing, dynamic sectors for investors” Nourbakhsh, who is Director of...

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ROBOTICS INDUSTRY FUNDINGS, ACQUISITIONS & IPOS: JANUARY 2018

By: Frank Tobe, ROBO Global Strategic Advisor, The Robot Report Twenty-five different startups were funded in January cumulatively raising $784 million; a great start for the new year. Four acquisitions were reported during the month while the IPO front lay waiting for something to happen. According to Silicon Valley Bank’s annual survey of 1,000+ executives, startup founders are confident 2018 will be a good year for funding and for business conditions – except hiring and retaining forei...

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FROM FUN AND GAMES TO INDUSTRY DISRUPTORS: LET THE ROBOT GAMES BEGIN!

Written by: Richard Lightbound, CEO, EMEA I was fortunate to be one of the few hundred investors and investment professionals to attend the ETF Securities conference in Milan. While there was plenty to enjoy, the highlight for me was seeing Raffaello D'Andrea, one of our amazing advisory board members, as the headline presenter at the event. As I sat in the audience in Milan, I watched a couple of hundred people settle into their seats for what, I am sure, they expected to be yet another techn...

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Behind the Machines: An Interview with IPG Photonics CEO

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Behind the Machines: International Robotics Exhibition (Tokyo) With ROBO Global

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WHAT’S AHEAD IN ROBOTICS AND AI? 5 TRENDS THAT HAVE INVESTORS BUCKLING UP FOR A WILD 2018!

By: William Studebaker, President & CIO, ROBO Global There’s never been a more exciting time to be an investor—especially in robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence where the rate of change and innovation has become exponential and is poised to surpass anything we’ve ever seen before. Perhaps it’s because of the sheer pace of change that headlines about driverless cars and self-flying delivery drones don’t turn heads these days. In fact, with advancements in robotics, au...

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DECEMBER 2017 ROBOTICS FUNDINGS, ACQUISITIONS & IPOS

By: Frank Tobe, ROBO Global Strategic Advisor, The Robot Report Twenty-one different startups were funded in December cumulatively raising $430 million, down from the $782 million in November. Three didn’t report the amount of their funding. Only three were over $50 million of which one was a Chinese startup. Three acquisitions were reported during the month including two takeovers of Western robotics companies by Chinese ones. Nothing new on the IPO front. FUNDINGS: Farmers Business ...

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TO FUTURE-PROOF YOUR PORTFOLIO IN 2018, INVESTORS SHOULD LOOK TO ROBOTICS AND AI

By: Jeremie Capron, Director of Research, ROBO Global 2017 has given investors a thrilling ride. Of course, heading into the New Year, the market highs have all of us wondering how much life is left in what has been one of the longest bull markets in history. For investors seeking a way to future-proof your portfolio into 2018, look no further than Robotics, Automation, and Artificial intelligence (RAAI). Indeed, RAAI may be one of the most important investment opportunities of our generation...

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HOW SMART FACTORIES ARE TRANSFORMING MANUFACTURING AS WE KNOW IT

By: William Studebaker, CIO & President, ROBO Global There’s an amazing thing happening on factory floors around the world today—something that consumers are only just beginning to witness its dramatic impact on their daily lives. If that statement surprises you, it’s no wonder. While robots have been in use for decades to provide basic automation, even the most advanced of these machines were confined to a corner where they completed basic, repetitive tasks. After all, although Henr...

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AT TOKYO’S INTERNATIONAL ROBOTICS EXHIBITION, INNOVATION WAS THE STAR

By: Jeremie Capron, Director of Research, ROBO Global Last week, the ROBO Global team traveled to Toyko for a whirlwind week of meetings, research, and exploration at the bi-annual International Robotics Exhibition.  One of the biggest industry events in the world, the conference hosted more than 130,000 visitors and featured more than 600 exhibitors and 2,775 booths. To say that the 50% growth of the show floor since just two years ago is impressive would be an understatement. But what was ...

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NOVEMBER 2017 ROBOTICS FUNDINGS, ACQUISITIONS AND IPOS

By: Frank Tobe, ROBO Global Strategic Advisor, The Robot Report Twenty-two different startups were funded in November cumulatively raising $782 million, down a bit from the $862 million in October. The big $400 million funding for UBTech and the $55 million for TuSimple were the only two fundings over $50 million and they were both for Chinese startups with funding from Chinese VC firms. Six acquisitions were reported during the month including another takeover of a European robotics company b...

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DRIVERLESS CARS ARE POISED TO DELIVER BENEFITS FOR DRIVERS, INVESTORS—AND EVEN THE UK ECONOMY

By: Richard Lightbound, CEO of ROBO Global EMEA In the world of robotics, many ideas that once seemed to be the unattainable dreams of forward-thinking visionaries are quickly coming to life. Robot-assisted surgery is delivering better patient outcomes at less cost. Automated warehouses are making it possible for retailers like Amazon and Ocado to fulfill customer orders faster and cheaper than ever. Amputees can now control robotic limbs with their minds. Agricultural robots are revolutio...

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30 NEW RESEARCH REPORTS FORECAST SIGNIFICANT GROWTH FOR ROBOTICS INDUSTRY

Press releases for this batch of 30 research reports all agree that most segments of the robotics industry are expected to grow at a double-digit pace at least through 2022. Although these reports vary widely in their forecasts – often on the same topic, they all seem to agree that the global robotics industry is growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the teens or greater. UNMANNED MOBILE AIR, LAND AND SEA VEHICLES (COMMERCIAL AND MILITARY) Commercial UAV Report Aug 2017...

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CYBER MONDAY & E-COMMERCE SUCCESS? THANK THE FANTASTIC GROWTH OF ROBOTICS

While it’s nearly inevitable that there will be some crazy headlines following the shopping frenzy that has come to define Black Friday, investors have their sights not on the shopping brawls, but on the trajectory of Cyber Monday—and the stock prices of the companies behind e-commerce. Anyone who shops—for anything at all—is well aware of the tremendous rise of e-commerce. It’s been a fast and furious two decades of constant adoption and escalation, and all fingers point to exponenti...

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BOSSA NOVA RAISES $17.5 MILLION FOR SHELF-SCANNING MOBILE ROBOTS

Bossa Nova Robotics, a Silicon Valley developer of autonomous service robots for the retail industry, announced the close of a $17.5 million Series B funding round led by Paxion Capital Partners and participation by Intel Capital, WRV Capital, Lucas Venture Group (LVG), and Cota Capital. This round brings Bossa Nova’s total funding to date to $41.7 million. Bossa Nova helps large scale stores automate the collection and analysis of on-shelf inventory data by driving their sensor-lad...

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INVESTING IN ROBOTICS? FOLLOW THESE 5 SIMPLE RULES

It seems everyone wants to jump on the robotics bandwagon these days. It’s no surprise. Robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence—or RAAI—includes many of the most exciting companies in today’s universe of emerging technologies. Plus, because this sector is considered a must-have capability in nearly every industry in every corner of the globe, the potential for growth across the robotics supply chain is tremendous. That doesn’t mean, however, that all robotics investments or ...

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OCTOBER 2017 ROBOTICS FUNDINGS, ACQUISITIONS & IPOS

Twenty-eight different startups were funded in October cumulatively raising $862 million, up from $507 million in September. Three of the top four fundings were for startups involved in the self-driving process. An additional five lower-amount startups were also funded for self-driving applications or components along with two of the six acquisitions. Six acquisitions were reported during the month including Delphi Automotive’s buying nuTonomy for $450 million and Boeing’s acquisition of 55...

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MEDICAL ROBOTICS MARKET CONTINUES TO SOAR FOR INVESTORS, BUT PATIENTS ARE THE BIGGEST WINNERS

On Tuesday, Orian Research released a report on the current state of the healthcare robotics market growth. Their estimates may surprise even those who are focused on this sector. In brief, the growth to come is expected to be nothing short of explosive: the current market of $4.12 billion is expected to reach $13.9 billion by 2023. That’s a compound annual growth rate of 27.53% over the next six years.[1] It’s stunning. What may be even more surprising is that, historically, analysts hav...

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ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index ETF Celebrates 4 Years on NASDAQ

ROBO GLOBAL ROBOTICS & AUTOMATION ETF (ROBO) CELEBRATES 4 YEARS ON NASDAQ WITH $1.5 BILLION UNDER MANAGEMENT The ROBO Global Robotics & Automation ETF (Nasdaq: ROBO) is heading into its fifth year of trading with the wind at its back, having attracted over $1.5 billion in assets since inception on Oct. 22, 2013. Year-to-date, it’s delivered a total return of 37.73 percent.* Comprised of 85 securities that span 14 countries, the fund invests in the robotics, automation and art...

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ON SMART PEOPLE, THE BIG PICTURE, AND THE FUTURE OF ROBOTICS

Steve Wozniak once said, “Wherever smart people work, doors are unlocked.” I’m completely humbled by the intelligent people I get to work with every day. It’s one of the incredible perks of working at a research company rather than a product mill. And it’s one of the primary reasons I am constantly energized and re-energized about our mission at ROBO Global. It’s on days like this—when smart people paint a crystal-clear picture of where our industry is heading—that, in Steve Woz...

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ROBO GLOBAL Q3 2017 REVIEW

The ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index gained over 13% for the quarter and a total of 36% in the first nine months of 2017.  ROBO continues to outperform most global equity indices. ROBOTICS MARKET CONTINUES TO RISE This was another in a string of profitable quarters for investors. 3Q17 marked the eighth consecutive quarter of positive returns in the U.S. stock market. Not only were stocks higher in the third quarter, but nearly every major asset class moved higher. The S&P 5...

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READY TO INVEST IN ROBOTICS? YOUR TIMING COULDN’T BE BETTER

Shark Tank’s star investor Mark Cuban was spot on when he stated that, “the world’s first trillionaires are going to come from somebody who masters AI and all its derivatives and applies it in ways we never thought of.” His audience at Austin’s popular SXSW Conference back in March may have trusted his opinion, but only a handful likely understood why that statement is so true—and why that reality may make today the perfect time to invest in robotics. Clearly, Cuban has seen the...

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ROBOTIC HAIR TRANSPLANT DEV RESTORATION ROBOTICS RAISES $25 MILLION IN IPO

Robotic hair restoration company Restoration Robotics raised $25 million in an initial public offering and saw its shares rise nearly 40% after its debut, according to a Silicone Valley Business Journal report. The 91-person company, co-founded by surgical robotics pioneer Fred Moll, sold 3.6 million shares at $7 each, then proceeded to open at $8.55 per share today, up 22% from its IPO price, according to the report. So far today, the company has seen shares rise 38%, at $9.66 as of 2:06 p....

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THE FUTURE OF JOBS (IN A WORLD OF ROBOTS)

Ask my 11-year-old daughter Helena what I do for a living, and her answer is simple: “My Dad makes robots.”  Despite valiant efforts to correct my daughter, I’ve clearly failed. For better or worse, making robots is not my line of work. Of course, telling her that I’m the CEO of ROBO Global US means nothing to her. And in truth, it probably explains very little of my day-to-day activities to anyone who doesn’t work with me side-by-side. Why? Because the tasks that I spend the bulk...

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SEPTEMBER 2017 ROBOTICS FUNDINGS, ACQUISITIONS & IPOS

September 2017 was a big month for robotics fundings, acquisitions, and IPOs. 26 different startups were funded to the tune of $485 million, up from $369 million in August. Six acquisitions were reported during the month including Deere’s acquisition of California Blue River Technology for $305 million. And Restoration Robotics’ IPO will start being listed on NASDAQ early in October. FUNDINGS LeddarTech, the Canadian developer of sensors and LiDAR distancing systems for ADAS and ot...

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NOT SO MODERN TIMES: THE BACKWARDS THINKING OF CHARLIE CHAPLIN AND JEREMY CORBYN

The fear of change is nothing new. Charlie Chaplin’s classic film Modern Times—one of the last silent films of the era—is perhaps the most famous critique of technology and its perceived impact on modern society. When the film was produced in 1936, Chaplin wasn’t alone in his fear of how a mechanized world would change lives and, indeed, the world as he knew it. When Jeremy Corbyn, the U.K.’s current Labour leader, spoke at Wednesday’s Labour conference, his response to the “t...

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ABB Robotics – Index Investment Commentary

We returned from ABB’s inaugural Innovation and Technology Day with increased confidence in the company’s prospects for continued profitable growth in its robotics and automation businesses. ABB has been a member of the ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index since inception. CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer and his team hosted shareholders and analysts at the Auburn Hills, Michigan manufacturing facility. We had the opportunity to catch up with many of the firm’s senior technology ...

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CHINA’S PUSH TOWARD EXCELLENCE DELIVERS A GLOBAL ROBOTICS INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

China is on a mission to change its reputation from a manufacturer of cheap, mass-produced goods to a world leader in high-quality quality manufacturing. If that surprises you, you’re not the only one. For decades, China has been synonymous with the word cheap. But times are changing, and much of that change is reliant on the adoption of robotics, automation, and artificial intelligence, or RAAI (pronounced “ray”). For investors, this shift is driving a major opportunity to capture growth...

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ETF SECURITIES AUSTRALIA TARGETS GROWTH IN ROBOTICS & AUTOMATION WITH GLOBAL ROBOTICS ETF

ETF Securities Australia, part of the ETF Securities Group, has created the first exchange-traded fund (ETF) in Australia giving investors access to global companies focusing on robotics, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. ETFS has teamed up with US-based specialist robotics and automation index and research provider ROBO Global to launch the ETFS ROBO Global Robotics and Automation ETF (ASX code: ROBO). ROBO will track the ROBO Global Robotics and Automation Index (RAAI)...

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ESG VS. ROBOTS? IT’S SIMPLY A BATTLE THAT DOESN’T EXIST

By: Richard Lightbound, CEO of ROBO Global EMEA For the past week, I’ve been traveling around Italy on a fascinating, whirlwind tour of some of the best and brightest companies and investors in the region.It’s an excursion with a purpose: as we approach the end of Q3, it’s time to rebalance the ROBO Global Index, which means potentially adding some rising stars to the mix that pass through our research and quality filters. It’s been amazing to ride on the coattails of Professor Wyatt N...

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ROBOTICS INVESTING SPOTLIGHT: AGRICULTURAL ROBOTS ARE SET TO SOLVE THE GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS

By: Richard Lightbound, CEO of ROBO Global EMEA In the UK, the challenges of Brexit are many, but one that will likely have a near-immediate impact on food supply—and food prices—is the looming shortage of agricultural workers. It’s estimated that once Brexit takes effect, the UK will lose tens of thousands of farm workers from across the EU who will be unable to work in the county. That dramatic loss will leave a vast gap in our agricultural labour force. In Japan, so many workers have...

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SMOOTH TOMORROW’S MARKET VOLATILITY WITH A SMART APPROACH TO ROBOTICS & AI

By Chris Buck, Head of Sales & Capital Markets Every advisor knows that volatility can wreak havoc on your clients’ psyches, and managing this “risk” or “sleep factor” can be challenging. These days, every friend, co-worker, and neighbor is more than happy to share a great investment success story. Everyone is thrilled to recount the details of a winning trade, but no one (and I mean no one) willingly brings up their latest loss—especially not over cocktails. That means that wh...

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INDUSTRIAL ROBOTICS SOAR IN CHINA

By: Frank Tobe, Strategic Advisor to ROBO Global, The Robot Report China has rapidly become a global leader in robotics and automation. 2016 annual sales of industrial robots reached the highest level ever for any single country: 87,000 units (up 27% from 2015) and China’s stock of industrial robots is now, at 340,000 units, also the highest total in the world. while Chinese robot manufacturers increased their market share to 31% (up 120% from 2015). The International Federation of Robotics...

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AUGUST 2017: ROBOTICS FUNDINGS, ACQUISITIONS, IPOS & FAILURES

By: Frank Tobe, Strategic Advisor to ROBO Global, The Robot Report August robotics fundings totaled $369 million but the number of August transactions, seven, was down from previous months, eg: both July and June had 19 fundings each. Acquisitions, on the other hand, remained steady with a big one pending: Snap has been negotiating all month to acquire Chinese drone startup Zero Zero Robotics for around $150M. FUNDINGS Auris Medical Robotics, the Silicon Valley startup headed by Dr...

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ROBO Global Rings the NASDAQ Opening bell

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Know What Your Robotics & AI Investment is Doing for You

It takes dedicated experts many years to learn and understand the universe of robotics as an investable space. Make sure the experts really know their stuff and come with a robotics pedigree. True robotics and automation companies are difficult to find through commonly used classification systems and their traditional investment sectors. It takes a deep bottom-up analysis of companies and dedicated expertise in that field to understand from the top-down the technology and applications that ar...

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DEAN KAMEN’S FIRST INSPIRING FUTURE ROBOTICISTS

Inventor of the first wearable insulin pump for diabetics, recipient of the prestigious 2015 Engelberger Award, and holder of 440 global patents - Dean Kamen has quite the resume and it doesn't stop there. Kamen is also the mastermind behind the Segway and the FDA approved prosthetic 'Luke Arm.' Thanks to Kamen's medical developments, millions of lives have seen drastic improvements over the past four decades due to revolutionary techniques in terms of diabetic treatment, chemotherapy, increas...

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AWARD WINNING YEAR FOR STRATEGIC ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER RAFFAELLO D’ANDREA

ROBO Strategic Advisory Board member, Raffaello D'Andrea is to receive the prestigious Engelberger Robotics Award, the highest honor in the industry. The award is given in honor of the 'Father of Robotics' Joseph F. Engelberger by the Robotics Industries Association. He is the second member on the ROBO Global board to be presented with this award, the first being Henrik Christensen in 2011. The award will be presented on Monday, March 23, 2015 in Chicago, IL in correlation with the Automate 2...

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UBER JOINS THE RACE TO THE AUTONOMOUS CAR

We live in a world where you can tap a button and a car service arrives right at your doorstep; now imagine if that car service didn't have a driver. Interestingly, that world may not be too far off. Last week, Uber announced that the app-driven car service will be taking steps in robotics research. Uber, founded in 2009, is one of the only app-based transportation companies focused on directly connecting customers to drivers. With the tap of a button, customers can call a ride to arrive with...

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THE LOWDOWN ON DRONES: EXPLORING EXEMPTIONS

For the past five years, the Federal Aviation Administration has worked to establish regulations for drone operations, but its self-imposed deadline of Dec. 22, 2014 came and went. Due to this hold up, the United States is expecting 2015 to be a year full of drone talk, but will it also walk the walk? Section 333 is a key initiative for the FAA in regards to the safety regulations for commercial applications of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Systems. Overall, there is a wide ban on commercial drone ...

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5 WAYS ROBOTICS IS REVOLUTIONIZING HEALTHCARE

From aiding medical professionals to those with disabilities themselves, robots are revolutionizing the medical world and playing a major role in the way that we view healthcare today. This is not something that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has overlooked - the organization is now funding robotics research to further extend the reach of healthcare for those with disabilities. The NIH is just one of the major names participating in the Interagency National Robotics Initiative to suppor...

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A DRIVING FORCE OF THE FUTURE: SELF-DRIVING CARS KEEP HUMANS SAFE

We've seen it before in sci-fi films, but today, technologic developments are driving autonomous vehicles out of our imaginations and onto our roads. Within the next six years, the world is projected to bear witness to a myriad of experiments and opportunities related to self-driving cars. By the year 2030, autonomous cars could represent about 25 percent of all passenger vehicles in mature markets, according to a Gartner's Maverick analysis conducted earlier this year. Human error alone caus...

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TELEMEDICINE: BRINGING DIGITAL DOCTORS TO THE FOOTBALL FIELD

Will a 4-foot-tall robot named VGo be your next teammate? Researchers, scientists and athletes alike hope to increase efficiency in concussion diagnostics on the football field. Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Center for Telehealth is trying to combat this problem by bringing robots to the sidelines. VGo serves as a stand-in sideline doctor and has the potential to save lives. At least 50 football players high school age and younger have died or sustained serious head injuries on the field since 1997 a...

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ROBOTICS RESPOND IN ALPINE RESCUE MISSIONS

For decades the world has seen Alpine disasters that leave hikers stranded in the subzero, mountainous terrain without immediate rescue due to dangerous conditions for search teams. Each year, tens of climbers die in the European alps and life-threatening storms are growing more and more frequent. Fortunately, the SHERPA project, short for Smart collaboration between Humans and ground-aErial Robots for imProving rescuing activities in Alpine environments, is implementing research and development...

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3D PRINTING IN ZERO-G

One of NASA’s most important missions to date reached its final destination early last week. After nearly one year of travel, the Maven spacecraft passed into the Mars orbit. The spacecraft was shortly followed by India’s Mars Orbiter to collaborate on the study of the Red Planet. The Maven’s mission is to study the planet’s upper atmosphere in hopes to gain invaluable information about its molecular composition. NASA is confident that this information will shed light on questions that ...

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CREATOR OF FDA APPROVED ROBOTICS EXOSKELETON REWALK SET AT $50M IPO

The life-shattering news of “you will never walk again” may soon become a figment of the past. ReWalk Robotics, a healthcare company, is one of the leading names revolutionizing the paraplegic world as we know it. It has created an FDA approved exoskeleton that is helping paraplegics do the impossible- walk again. Dr. Amit Goffer, a paraplegic himself, founded and created the company in 2001. ReWalk’s exoskeleton is the first FDA approved device of its kind to be cleared for personal use...

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