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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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