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As AI shapes the future of shopping, retailers, employees, and investors stand to benefit

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...

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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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Who’s that knocking at the door? AI has finally come home

By Henrik Christensen, PhD, Qualcomm Chancellor's Chair in Robot Systems, Director Contextual Robotics, UC San Diego; ROBO Global Strategic Advisor More than 25 years ago, I found myself, once again, sitting at a conference watching a presentation by a major consulting firm. But this one was different from anything I’d seen before. The video showed what was then a fantastical scene of a woman getting ready for work. Standing in her kitchen, she told her coffee maker to brew a hot cup ...

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Gaining Global Robotics Exposure: A Q&A with ROBO Global Director of Research Jeremie Capron

Q. How do you see AI impacting the investment world? Jeremie Capron: As it will in every other industry, I think AI will have a profound impact on the investment business. Recently, we’ve seen some initiatives that use AI to pick stocks by applying machine learning to historical sets of stock trading data. The track record for this sort of application is fairly limited, but we have yet to see any really impressive results. Nor have we seen any major blow-ups, so it will be interesting to watc...

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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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In the age of Amazon and Alibaba, logistics automation is the key to competing with giants

E-commerce has exploded. A decade ago, the industry barely existed. But in the age of Amazon and Alibaba, retailers with any hope of competing must adapt, adopt, and automate—or perish. This focus on automation had already driven the logistics automation market to astronomical highs. Valued at over $46B today, the market is projected to nearly double in the next five years[1]. Much of this growth can be directly attributed to the e-commerce boon and soaring consumer demand for quick, easy onli...

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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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Drones are taking flight indoors. Are you ready?

By Raffaello D’Andrea, PhD Every day, the unique abilities of drones are being applied in amazing new ways: To help battle this year’s epidemic of wildfires, the California National Guard is using drones to capture images through the smoke and map fire behavior in real time. Last week, WakeMed Health & Hospitals began testing drones to deliver critical medical supplies between buildings at its multi-acre campus in Raleigh, NC. Spurred by drone delivery programs at Amazon, G...

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READY TO INVEST IN ROBOTICS? YOUR TIMING COULDN’T BE BETTER

Shark Tank’s star investor Mark Cuban was spot on when he stated that, “the world’s first trillionaires are going to come from somebody who masters AI and all its derivatives and applies it in ways we never thought of.” His audience at Austin’s popular SXSW Conference back in March may have trusted his opinion, but only a handful likely understood why that statement is so true—and why that reality may make today the perfect time to invest in robotics. Clearly, Cuban has seen the...

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