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From shapeshifting boats to bionic flowers: MIT’s Daniela Rus is paving the road less traveled

Daniela Rus is in the news—a lot. In September, she was named the winner of the MassTLC Innovation Catalyst Award, an honor bestowed on individuals who are making an “exceptional impact on the Massachusetts technology ecosystem.” (She will be recognized at a celebration at Fenway Park on November 6.) Last week, she was selected to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI)—the first graduate-level, research-based AI university i...

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Who has the real answer to the US healthcare crisis?

It’s said that the more things change, the more they remain the same. That could certainly be said about the upcoming 2020 US presidential election. Just as it was in the last election cycle, healthcare remains the number-one voting concern for voters who see out-of-control drug prices, diminishing health-insurance benefits, and rising healthcare premiums as threats to their wallets—if not their livelihoods. Of course, there are no easy answers from a policy perspective. Every one of the ...

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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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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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Scared to eat that lettuce? Robots & AI are coming to the rescue

2018 has been quite a year for food-borne illnesses. What’s even more disturbing than the sharp rise in food safety investigations (the CDC has investigated a shocking 22 food safety investigations to date) is the fact that food safety could have—and, yes, should have—been dramatically improved with the help of the newest advancements in robotics, automation, and AI (RAAI). In an age when technology is better skilled than ever to improve food safety and keep us healthy, having more invest...

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The Story Nobody’s Telling About Our Robot Future

Bring on the robots... That’s the message from today’s Inner Circle expert. Once the realm of sci-fi movies, robots are now finding their way into every American industry. From brick-laying robots that build a house in a day to robotic brain surgeons that operate with sub-millimeter accuracy, robotic technologies will revolutionize our world the way the internet did nearly 20 years ago. And here’s the kicker… Rather than destroying jobs, robots will add millions of jobs and create tri...

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In robotics & AI, now is the time to dive in and buy the weakness

The market may have taken a turn, but in the world of robotics and AI, the future remains glaringly bright. That’s great news for those already invested in what has been called the greatest investment opportunity of our generation. It may be even better news for investors who have been sitting on the sidelines waiting for the ideal time to dive in. Of course, even though it was widely anticipated, the latest dramatic dip in the market could easily cause even the most dedicated, long-term in...

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In today’s trade war, robotics, automation, and AI may be the only winners

You’ve heard it over and over again: No one wins in a trade war. As the trade war between the US and China continues to escalate, the tariffs and barriers on imported products threaten to slow business activity, create supply chain friction, and dampen international trade—not only between the two countries themselves, but around the globe. So, in a general sense, it’s true. No one wins a trade war. But robotics, automation, and AI—or RAAI—is notorious for breaking the rules. And whe...

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Robotics Fundings, Acquisitions and IPOs: June 2018

Twenty-seven startups raised money in June to the tune of $2.1 billion, another great month for robotics fundings! Also during June there were ten acquisitions and two IPOs. See below for details. The top robotics fundings were: Rockwell (NYSE:ROK) made a $1 billion equity investment in PTC (NASDAQ:PTC), an automation control software provider to government and industry. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is investing $500 million in JD (JingDong) (NASDAQ:JD), the Chinese equivalent to Amazon...

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