Robotics, Automation & Business News Index: 2020
Robotics | Automation | Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Advanced Manufacturing | 3D Printing
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Asia: Overview by Region
The Asian Century & The Xi Effect
Asia’s Rendezvous with the Future Is Arriving Fast
The world’s showcase and continent-wide laboratory for robot-driven automation in this The Fourth Industrial Revolution
East Asia Bears Watching
Something very big is going on here: Seoul, Shanghai and Tokyo
Southeast Asia: The Bounty & Promise of ASEAN
Food, consumers and industry in exchange for investment and automation technology
China’s Big Push: Xi, Robots and Productivity
Leap to manufacturing economy based on invention and technology demands increased productivity
Emperor of All Robots Put to the Test
Saving Japan from itself with robotics: Competition and productivity
for a shrinking workforce
Korea Awakens, Reacts…and Accelerates
Economic urgency spurs demand for advanced manufacturing robots
Crunch Time for Taiwan: Robotics and Automation
Aware of its limitations and very tardy, Taiwan hurries to catch up with East Asia
Robots for India: Industry’s Troubling Headwinds
Robots, automation, Gandhi and “premature de-industrialization.”
Elusive Level 5
Way Not Ready for Prime Time: Self-Driving Cars
Could it be that Level 5 self-driving vehicles may not be the solution we really need? What happened to all the research that says computers, AI, and humans “together” are the best-of-all teams?
Can Welding Robots Fill Fastening Void?
40% of manufacturers declined new contracts because not enough skilled welders were available. Global shortage of qualified welders 1.2 million by 2022. Greatest need: U.S., China, India, South Korea, Japan, and Thailand.
Enabling “Extreme Manufacturing”
Robots in Manufacturing: Enterprise View
In taking an endeavor to achieve near-complete automation and linking all business processes to manufacturing gives rise to hard questions.
Clueless or Inept?
Feds Clueless About Impact of Automation
After six years of media frenzy and taxpayer concern over automation, still no action…or even a plan.
Does America Need a Czar of Reskilling?
How should America go about reskilling millions of workers whose jobs are being targeted by automation and artificial intelligence?
Cobotics World’s Top 5 Grippers
SCHUNK, Robotiq, OnRobot, Piab, New Scale
The Gripper Guys from Genoa Pick Most Innovative Grippers for 2019
E-Commerce at Work: Humans Beware
The churn in e-commerce warehouses is challenging humans to keep pace. Can they for very long?
Japan: Frontlines of “Robo-Conversion”
Many businesses could shutter completely if robots don’t step up and fill the mountain of available jobs. With big change comes big opportunity…and Japan knows it.
New Decade, New Vibe: Robotics 2020
Cobots and mobile robotics to lead. Legacy, industrial robotics in for rough ride unless it has a “cobot moment” or two.
Making CES 2025 Better Than CES 2020
Why not “smart” events? AI and digital disruption could profoundly change the $650 billion global event industry from the inside out.
Cobot Revolution Continues
New Cobots to Consider for 2020
New kids on the block display next-gen cobotics: FANUC CRX, Jaka Zu, and Flexiv’s Rizon challenge the status quo.
New Column:The Gripper Chronicles
The Rise of the Smart Gripper
What next for the all-important, business end of every robot…the gripper?
New Column, New Columnist
Dr. Hu on Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
How do we get to next? Dr. Albert Hu navigates the crosscurrents of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML)
Littler: The Emerging Workplace
Legal Risks Using AI to Make Hiring Decisions
What are some of the legal risks & pitfalls when using AI technology to make hiring decisions?
Webcast: Great Ideas in Robotics
Conversing with Robots the Hanson Way
Interview: David Hanson on building humanoid robots in Asia
Return to the Good Old Days of 2017
Industrial robots, cobots, grippers & EOATs, logistics robots, mobile robots: AGVs, ASRS & AMRs
Asia-Pacific to Skyrocket in 2020!
Global Industrial Robot & Cobot Market 2020-2025
Doubling Sales! $20.24B 2019, expected to reach $42.34B by 2025
“Giant sums of money spinning into Canada”
Canada: AI Giant’s Moment of Truth
How much of Canada’s AI wealth—critical tech for robotics and automation—will be gobbled up by foreign interests?
Can Robot Sentinels Warn of Viruses?
Mobile robots bristling with sensor tech and AI—like an electronic “smart nose”—might provide early warning enough to prevent Wuhan-like disasters
Some Things Bear Repeating
Airports as Virus Carriers
A chilling threat of epidemics and pandemics lurks within every airport during a virus crisis. Before future viruses get out of hand, wouldn’t an army of virus-busting robots patrolling airports help in the alert process? As of 3 February 2020, there are zero. Airports worldwide: 41,000
The Gripper Chronicles
Gripper Tech Evolves…again!
The business end of industrial robot arms is in yet another growth spurt.
Industrial Robots & Cobots to 2025
Can domestic manufacturers compete with foreign robots and impact India’s new automation market?
A True Helper & Buddy
What I Want from a Home Robot
It’s not lawn mowing, vacuuming, doing laundry, or cooking meals
Asian Robotics in the OR
Asian Surgical Robotics Market Doubles by 2025
Aging populations, increased acute and chronic disease to drive market
from $4 billion to $8 billion
Dr. Valerie Morignat & Garry Mathiason
HR’s Burden: Responsible Use of AI
Webinar: Meeting the Legal and Ethical Challenges of AI-Powered HR Systems
“MAKE IN INDIA”
MCI Robotics Takes Aim at SME Mega-Market
“The world’s best automation technology at an affordable package”
How annoying can a robot become?
Curse of the Digital Workplace: RoboBully
Study Finds Robots Easily Bully Office Workers
The Godfather of Thai Robotics
Thai Robotics & The Godfather’s Backstory
Thai robotics comes of age: The man who made it happen
New-Age Tech Partnering
Steel-Collar Farmhands: Robots in Fields & Orchards
Accelerating innovation and speed to market via partnerships powered by investments from industry titans John Deere, Kubota, and Yamaha. Is it the new normal for field robotics?
COVID Accelerates Automation & Job Losses
Is it time for a new-age G.I. Bill that targets reskilling/upskilling?
The Great Virus War of 2020
Service Robots Head to Pandemic’s Frontlines
Meet FACO: New Breed of AI-Powered, Multi-Tasking Service RobotsNew Breed: “Collaborative” Service Robots
Service Robots & The
Pandemic Next Time!
Will service robots make the deadline? They need help in order to help us
The Daybooks of Dr WHu: April 2020
Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) illuminated. It’s personal! One man’s journey into unravelling complexity through storytelling.
Disruptor in the Pharmacy
Pharmacy Robots: Rise of Error-Free Drug Dispensing
$7.8B industry by 2024; tireless, 24/7 pharmacy robots could help save 100k lives annually
Littler Worldwide Insight:
COVID Effect on Global Workplace, Workers & Jobs
When the World First Went Digital
Digital Disruption Is Not New! It’s as New as 1949
Digital disruption began in an old laundry building at 10,000 calculations per second. Quite literally, it was The Beginning That Changed Everything
Top News Hits for March 2020
Stories you liked best in March. Thank you for your interest.
Robotics Events Network
Should Robotics Events Have an Exclusive Online Network?
As COVID drives live trade shows into an online-only existence, online trade shows begin to show promise for the robotics industry.
Dr. WHu returns for August with a New World in Tow
New World, New AI Arms Race
Three unexpected trends—COVID, AI/ML, BLM—merge to birth a new world order.
Tips on how to keep the edge with AI
HR in the Era of Pervasive AI
Powering up HR systems to remain competitive…and save your job
Brainy Logistics: Intelligent Robots Step Up, Part 1
Times grows short for workers
Brainy Logistics: Intelligent Robots Step Up, Part 2
Like their human counterparts, pre-AI robots may well be facing an uncertain future of huge layoffs.
Special 63-page Research Report
Automation & The Future of Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Is China All Over Again…Only Better!
Automated Meat Processing Post-COVID
Humans in the Loop: A Virus Time Bomb.
Finding the Robot “Sweet Spot”
Getting Serious with Robots
Space Robots to Sweep Up Orbiting Debris
Robots for trash roundup, disposal, even space repairs, getting ready to ensure satellite safety in Low Earth Orbit
Three for Asia: Robots & Automation
SONY’s PlayStation Robots, China’s 5G Green Thumb, Southeast Asia Courts Supply Chains
China’s Back, Fast!
China Is the World’s Factory, Now More Than Ever
How did China do it? Hard work at building out its robotics infrastructure!
Here are four of the reasons WHY…
—The Editors, Asian Robotics Review
China’s New Trend: Precision Robotics
With the aid of AI/ML, China turns hard-to-do robotics, like polishing and welding, into a competitive advantage.
Of Farms, Weeds & Robots
Can robot weeders save 200 million metric tons of grain from weed devastation?
A young industry with a massive upside coming of age.
COVID Vaccine Key to Cobot & Robot Sales
Until a COVID vaccine arrives to return the natural order of things, vendors are successfully going online to reach customers. Digital, for many, may well become a permanent reality…because it works.
AI/ML…you cannot afford not to have it!
The Great Corporate AI Arms Race
Marcus Aurelius-esque commitment and judgment is critical to successful deployment. There is no substitute for human leadership.
Looking Behind the Numbers: 2.5M Jobs in May!
With 30 million unemployed waiting on the sidelines, the Emma Coalition’s Michael Lotito discusses workplace transformation and what’s really happening to jobs.
Meet the Enemy
Drones vs. Locusts: Technology vs. Plague
Biblical scourge still causes billions in damage, but hunter-killer drones could keep 25 million from starvation. The drone advantage: Seek-and-destroy missions before locusts grow their wings.
The Gripper Chronicles
Got a Bright Idea for a New GM Gripper?
Enter the GM Gripper Challenge. Your bright idea could lead to fame & fortune
The Future of the Trade Show Industry
Is the $2.5 trillion trade show industry too big to fail? Has COVID created online competition that will permanently disrupt, or maybe even doom, the future of “too big to fail” trade shows?
New Era for Retail Robots in Grocery Industry
“Movement toward multimodal robots that are efficient at performing various functions adds to the value equation”
Making CES 2025 Better Than CES 2020
Why not “smart” events? AI and digital disruption could profoundly change the $650 billion global event industry from the inside out
Returning to Work in a COVID-era World
Leveraging emerging technology: Employer, employee, safety & productivity
The Future Knocks Once. Let’s Be Ready This Time
“We’re not a training nation”
Will COVID expose other vulnerabilities like the lack of U.S. “reskilling and worker training” capabilities?
Going Back to Work
There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to returning to work and that makes the process all the more challenging for employers.
China’s Cobots: Big Job Ahead
The stage is set for a wave of cobot automation to sweep across China’s factories.
China Restarts Factories: Robots Take Center Stage
COVID-19 spurs manufacturing to more automation, more robots…and to some unexpected insights.
“…We Owe So Much to So Few”
Brave Hearts on the Frontlines of the COVID War
For April, instead of thanking you and showing you which of our articles you liked best last month, we decided to share with you the Best of Us at Work saving lives.
Elbowing to Success the Sun Tzu Way
Making Room at the Cobot Table
No better time to joust with cobot leader Universal Robots for customer attention, brand recognition, and, of course, sales.
Is 3D Machine Vision Right for Vision-Guided Robotics?
OnRobot’s new 2.5D product release Eyes, and others, seem to be saying not so fast.
Massive Job Ahead for Service Robots
COVID Time Capsule
A stash of memories from the most incredible of human disasters…a few resolutions for tomorrow…and a promise for next time.