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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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Robots are Tackling the Next Big Global Challenge: Recycling

By Chris Buck, ROBO Global One man’s trash is, indeed, another man’s treasure. That truth is particularly true for trash that is made of recyclable materials that can be reused and made into new consumer goods, including everything from shoes, purses and backpacks, children’s toys, to a host of other new household goods. And while that reality is good for the planet, it presents a large and fast-growing problem: how to make recycling efficient and cost-effective. Luckily, recent advance...

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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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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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