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...Learn More
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. 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...Learn More
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...Learn More
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 ...Learn More
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 ...Learn More
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...Learn More
By Prof. Wyatt Newman, Ph.D., P.E. It’s been said that there’s nothing like a little healthy competition to motivate a winner. However, in the world of robotics, recent competitions are making it quite clear that winners are everywhere—in every industry and every part of the globe—thanks to the collaborative power of ROS, otherwise known as the Robot Operating System. In fact, if there’s one thing other than sheer inventive genius that can be credited with spurring the massive robot...Learn More
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...Learn More
If you have yet to jump on the Westworld bandwagon, you’re missing out. That’s particularly true for anyone who is awestruck by the future of robotics and AI. Known for its lifelike representations of tomorrow’s technologies, the HBO series drew accolades and a passionate following after it first aired in 2016. With season three officially in the works, newcomers have plenty of time to get caught up before new episodes air sometime in 2020 (the exact date remains TBD). HBO released the sea...Learn More
Between trade conflicts, tweets, earnings reports, tweets, weak data, and more tweets, investors seem both exhausted and confused. And for good reason. As if the US/China trade situation wasn’t enough to ratchet up investor angst in recent weeks, next came the Mexico tariffs right out of left field. Then the market tumbled, then Powell hinted at a possible cut in interest rates to help steady the rocky ship. The current geopolitical environment is adding fuel to the fire, begging the question ...Learn More
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