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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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The secret rise of robotics and AI stocks

By Bill Studebaker, President & CIO, ROBO Global If the headlines have you wondering where to turn next as an investor, you can rest assured that your exposure to robotics and AI is likely paying off—even if their recent growth is the market’s best-kept secret at the moment. While the Fed’s next interest rate move, Boris Johnson’s Brexit debacle, and Trump’s latest late-night tweet have been doing a spectacular job of sending the stock market into a frenzy and keeping investors ...

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It’s Not a Battle with the Bots: Bettering Our Existing & Emerging Workforce to Thrive in the Future of Work

Today, more people are using mobile phones than toothbrushes globally[1]. It’s no secret that technology is transforming the way we work and live. From warehouses to retail to healthcare, we’re seeing shifting requirements for our roles in the workplace that, for many, can feel like a threat. And yet, our relationship with robotics doesn’t need to be confined to the negative narrative that is often relayed. By reacting to the challenge in a positive way and by proactively educating the ne...

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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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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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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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