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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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A time capsule at MIT shines a spotlight on the speed of AI innovation—and what’s ahead for investors

By Daniela Rus, PhD, Director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) Last week I was part of an epic unveiling of a bona fide time capsule here on the campus at MIT. The one that we were lucky enough to have hidden right within our own lab at CSAIL was something technology dreams are made of: a real-life time capsule that could be opened only if someone could solve a complex cryptography puzzle before 2033, the year the creator expected technology to be a...

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Tackling our big AI challenge

By lllah R. Nourbakhsh, PhD Applying AI in the real world is no simple task. While artificial intelligence has much to offer, it is the responsibility of engineers, computer scientists, and technologists to create AI systems that operate in symbiotic synchronicity with human beings. And yet, all too often, AI is seen as the silver-bullet solution to nearly every problem—from cutting manufacturing costs, to guaranteeing same-day delivery, to curing cancer. But in our rush to deliver on AI’...

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Trump finally announced a plan for AI dominance, but is it enough?

It’s no mystery that the majority of corporations already view AI as a must-have competitive tool in the race toward market leadership. As industry after industry has felt the critical impact of AI-driven disruption, companies large and small have made AI programs a top priority, using it to enable everything from highly automated and efficient warehouses, to customizing client service, to delivering pizzas. It was only a matter of time before our government saw the light. This week, Presid...

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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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Thoughts on AI: Some High-Probability Predictions on a Very Uncertain Future

Guest post by J.H. Cullum Clark, Director, Bush Institute-SMU Economic Growth Initiative and an Adjunct Professor of Economics at SMU   While it’s impossible to be certain about what artificial intelligence (AI) will mean for our economic future, history offers hints for what it may hold. Will AI cause mass unemployment? No. New technologies have always enabled the economy to produce existing products with fewer workers, freeing up people’s resources for new products and...

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Robotics & AI Takeover the 2019 Superbowl Commercials

Artificial intelligence, virtual assistants, and humanoid robots took over the Superbowl this year in what seemed like a bot per commercial break. People certainly took notice in both the living space and the digital realm with commentary on the undeniable trend. These spots combined have racked up over 50 million views on Youtube alone - Amazon's attributing for 38 million of that thanks to its impressive celebrity lineup. From Pringle-lusting to beer-loving, it’s safe to say that brands ...

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2019: The Year AI Comes Alive!

Heading into 2019, investors are being plagued by a laundry list of concerns. And while many of the major issues worrying the market have been addressed (the perception of complacency has been flushed out; interest rates are heading back to normal; and Powell has given doves hope even while signaling lower growth, pending inflation, and the need to be data dependent), now is the time to focus on investing—and staying invested—in the future growth of what has been called the most important ...

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In the face of an AI trade war, it’s the tailwinds that matter most

It wasn’t long ago that artificial intelligence was considered a futuristic pipe dream. Novels, films, and television shows have been serving up images of an AI-driven world for decades. Fiction authors like Neal Stephenson and Isaac Asimov painted a picture of a world in which whoever controlled technology and AI controlled the world—including the resources and, more importantly, the people. I have to wonder if Stephenson or Asimov had any inkling how accurate their visions would be—or ho...

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Here’s what’s coming in the world of robotics and AI. Investors: Are you ready?

Any experienced investor knows that a down market isn’t something to dread. In fact, if you’re investing for the long term, it’s something to celebrate. If today’s market has you wondering where to invest to help bolster your portfolio down the road, one of the most exciting places to look is robotics, automation, and AI (RAAI). What’s happening in RAAI today can feel like it’s been plucked straight out of a science fiction fantasy. But make no mistake: these innovations are 100% ...

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