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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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Shopify & 6 River: Game-Changing M&A in Warehouse Automation

By Lisa Chai, Senior Research Analyst, ROBO Global On September 9, Shopify, a leading e-commerce platform, announced an agreement to acquire 6 River Systems for nearly half a billion dollars. The deal reminds us of Amazon’s 2012 purchase of Kiva Systems, which kick-started an arms race to automate supply chains, warehouses, and fulfillment centers. In fact, since the inception of the ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index, logistics and warehouse automation has been its best performing...

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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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Hate making your bed? Robots are using deep learning and depth sensing for everyday tasks

By Ken Goldberg, William S. Floyd Jr. Distinguished Chair in Engineering, UC Berkeley; ROBO Global Strategic Advisor Hate making your bed? You’re not alone. According to this article in the Huffington Post, making the bed is one of the most annoying household jobs. My students and I at UC Berkeley’s AUTOLab are exploring how robots might address daily chores like this. Combining depth sensing with deep learning, we are developing methods to enable robots to grasp objects in heaps—and, s...

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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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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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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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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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