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To avoid a COVID-19 replay, robotics & AI technologies will come to the rescue

By: lllah R. Nourbakhsh, PhD, Professor of Robotics at Carnegie Mellon & ROBO Global Strategic Advisor   We live in a time of global pandemic now. What matters in such a time is not technology, but our humanity. Can we learn to care, to collaborate and to minimize the loss of life globally when business, as usual, will lead to the worst possible outcome? As I write under the current shelter-in-place order, across the space of my corporate and university colleagues I see a common, ...

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Crisis accelerates re-shaping of work with automation and AI

By: Lisa Chai, Sr. Research Analyst, ROBO Global   In the race to contain a deadly pandemic, technology infrastructure around the world is being tested by fire as remote work, online training and video conferencing accelerate. Businesses that may have been hesitant to allow employees to work remotely now have no alternative. Office closures, airport shutdowns, travel restrictions, social distancing, and shelter-in-place orders have resulted in a massive and sustained surge in video co...

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AI is coming to the grocery store. Are you ready?

By Lisa Chai, Senior Research Analyst, ROBO Global   I recently attended a private tour of Walmart's new intelligent research lab hosted by Tech2025, a think tank and growing community focused on exploring the most consequential emerging technologies that will impact our world in the next 10 years. The event promised to illustrate the future of retail and customer experience. It didn’t disappoint. E-commerce has been disrupting the retail industry for years now. Finally, brick-a...

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Turnkey Tech Investing: November 2019 Market Brief

By Bill Studebaker, CIO & President, ROBO Global   There is much to be grateful for this year, and the new market highs that came in November were certainly on the list. And yet, listening to all the worries about the market, you would never think 2019 has been a great year so far. In the month of November, the ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index (ROBO) tacked on a +3.97% gain, while the ROBO Global Artificial Intelligence Index (THNQ) rallied +7.06% vs. the ACWI’s +2.42...

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Robotics and AI trends that are changing the world in 2020

By Bill Studebaker, President & CIO, ROBO Global Download our full report on the top 2020 trends driving robotics, AI, and healthcare technology here. Holiday parties are just around the corner, which means it’s time for me and everyone else on the ROBO Global team to brace for the onslaught of questions from friends, family, and distant acquaintances about the future of robotics and AI. “Are robots really going to steal my job?” (Thanks for the cue up, Andrew Wang.) “When will...

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Investing in Technology? These Industry Trends Point to Future Growth Opportunities

From Silicon Valley’s TechCrunch and RoboBusiness, to the Northeast’s Future of Health and Hubspot, we’ve seen a slew of industry conferences and events bring together the top minds and companies in tech over the past few months. As we roll into the final countdown of this decade, everyone is anxious to see the final showcases and sales of the year—investors included. Investing in technology can be a tricky path to navigate. As a financial research firm, we at ROBO Global closely foll...

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ServiceNow: Building the Roadmap for Tomorrow’s Digital Workforce

By Lisa Chai, Senior Research Analyst, ROBO Global A new category is emerging for the future of workforce management, and I was happy to witness it first-hand at ServiceNow’s customer conference in New York City last week. At the event, the company drove home the fact that the key to driving a top-notch digital employee experience and unlocking productivity is an advanced employee experience platform—and that this has become a must-have for every HR and IT leader. A clear frontrunner in t...

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Cognex: a company with vision delivering computers that can see

By Jeremie Capron, Director of Research, ROBO Global Since the inception of the ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index in August 2013, Cognex, the global leader in machine vision, has returned a total 262% and is the top performance contributor for this index of best in class robotics, automation, and AI companies from around the world. We returned from the company’s investor day with increased confidence in its technology leadership and growth prospects, boosted by the advent of machi...

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From Buzzword to Basic: Marketing Automation & AI Takes the Spotlight at Hubspot’s Inbound Conference

Amid the rolling hills of South Dakota lies a long strip of highway that billboard marketing has effectively served for nearly a century. Today, I-90 remains scattered with billboards advertising Wall Drug. Standing at just a hundred feet apart for more than a hundred miles, the signs deliver a simple message: “Stop at Wall Drug for free water and fun!” It’s a near-constant barrage of in-your-face marketing that can’t help but fill passers-by with curiosity. What was once a Hail Mary ...

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Artificial Intelligence: the best weapon in the war against cyber attacks

By Lisa Chai, Senior Research Analyst, ROBO Global Cybersecurity threats have steadily increased in recent years, with 3,800 breaches so far in 2019 alone—an increase of more than 50% over the last four years. In response, businesses around the world are seeking trusted solutions to address this fast-growing problem. At the same time, companies everywhere are finding it more and more difficult to hire and retain skilled security talent. Solution providers are rushing to the rescue, includin...

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