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From panic to opportunity: Investing for growth in a bear market

By: Chris Buck, Head of Capital Markets & Sales Jason Zweig, author of the Wall Street Journal column The Intelligent Investor, began a recent article with this intriguing question: “How could a microscopic organism destroy nearly $15 trillion in global stock-market wealth in five weeks?” The article offers an important history lesson for investors. His premise is that ‘risk’ can often be hidden or delayed, but it can never be eliminated. Over the course of contemporary history...

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Turnkey Tech Investing: February 2020 Market Brief

By Bill Studebaker, CIO & President, ROBO Global   What a month—and what an end to the month. The final week of February began with investors making small moves to reduce their risk in response to the global outbreak of the Coronavirus. This slight downturn quickly escalated into a violent five-day global sell-off as concerns about global supply chain disruption, demand shortages, and public health pummeled the markets. By that Friday, global markets recorded their worst week si...

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Perspectives from the Experts: Disruptive Innovation in the Decade Ahead

By Richard Lightbound, CEO-EMEA & Asia, ROBO Global   When we planned our ROBO Global 2020 Insights event with Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) in London for mid-January—on a Friday, no less—I confess I was concerned about attendance. The bitter cold, rainy day made me even more worried that our experts would be delivering their valuable perspectives to an empty room. But as soon as we opened the doors, it was clear that the bleary weather was no match for inve...

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Creating a healthier tomorrow—in the lab

Healthcare is at the very beginning of a dramatic, technology-driven revolution that is transforming the industry as we know it. The convergence of robotics, AI, and life sciences has enabled breakthrough advancements that touch every aspect of healthcare. As a result, the healthcare AI market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 47-50% by 2025, a value of $36B[1]. One driver of this technology-driven revolution is the field of genetic engineering. Genetic engineering, or t...

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The ROBO Global Q4 Review: Investment Insights Across Robotics, AI, and Healthcare Technology

The ROBO Global innovation indices closed 2019 on a strong note, largely outperforming global equities. The Robotics & Automation Index (ROBO) returned 30.3% for the year, the Artificial Intelligence Index (THNQ) increased 37.6%, and the Healthcare Technology & Innovation Index (HTEC) rose 34.9%. The good news is that earnings growth has only just inflected and looks set to return to double-digits in 2020. In this report, we discuss key trends and big movers. Read the full report here...

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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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