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Robotics, Automation & Business News Index: 2019

Robotics | Automation | Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Advanced Manufacturing | 3D Printing

Welcome to 2019

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Asia: Overview by Region

OVERVIEW: ASIA
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

OVERVIEW: ASEAN
Southeast Asia: The Bounty & Promise of ASEAN
Food, consumers and industry in exchange for investment and automation technology

OVERVIEW: CHINA
China’s Big Push: Xi, Robots and Productivity
Leap to manufacturing economy based on invention and technology demands increased productivity

OVERVIEW: JAPAN
Emperor of All Robots Put to the Test
Saving Japan from itself with robotics: Competition and productivity 
for a shrinking workforce

OVERVIEW: KOREA
Korea Awakens, Reacts…and Accelerates
Economic urgency spurs demand for advanced manufacturing robots

OVERVIEW: TAIWAN
Crunch Time for Taiwan: Robotics and Automation
Aware of its limitations and very tardy, Taiwan hurries to catch up with East Asia

OVERVIEW: INDIA
Robots for India: Industry’s Troubling Headwinds
Robots, automation, Gandhi and “premature de-industrialization.”

 

January 2019

Japan Lags at Deploying Service Robots
Projected as a $35 billion industry by 2022, Japan is not keeping up with professional service robots

Why China Can’t Stop Spending Multi-Billions of Dollars on Robots, Cobots, Grippers, Robot Parts, and AVGs
Guarantees on $73 billion more in loans—while SMEs pick up $9.7 billion in government subsidies—to hurry automation through 2022

Robot Automation and the East Asian Workforce
Manufacturing technology is a “resource-liberating force” that will create abundance in new tech skills, good jobs at fair wages, and a life with promise

Reinventing the Robot: A Job Only AI Can Do?
Everything about an industrial robot has changed since Unimate (1961), except the robot. Isn’t it about time something was done about the “except”?

Round Two: Robot Disruption vs. Human Resolve
The message coming across loud and clear is that Round Two begins here and now…and that we’re all in it together…or else!

Littler Global: Employment Law Updates Worldwide
Advising Fortune Global 500, medium- and smaller-sized companies on the full array of labor and employment issues

Making CES 2020 Better Than CES 2019
Why not “smart” events? AI and digital disruption could profoundly change the $650 billion global event industry from the inside out

Chinese Exhibitors Down by 20% at CES2019, But…
Even when shaved by 20%, China’s presence at CES 2019 is still crazily massive; and the body of work on display in Las Vegas, like UBTECH’s humanoid robot, is equally remarkable.

February 2019

New-Age Asian Service Robots Meet the Public
$37 billion global sales, growing on average 21% a year, between 2019 and 2021

Click & Mortar—Robots Working Chinese Restaurant Industry
Can “machine people” 机器人 save China’s restaurant industry from severe labor shortages and high turnover?

Bypassing the Straits of Malacca
Kra Canal Project: Often proposed, never attempted, the $32B project has now taken on special meaning. Mega-boom for automation and robotics.

Is Thailand Next to Go Digital? Sure Looks That Way
Investment, infrastructure, new-tech automation, and digital living converge in the Land of Sanuk

The Gripper Chronicles
Grippers Chasing Cobots to Fame & Fortune
With cobot marketplace forecast at $9.2B by 2025, every cobot will demand a “skillful” gripper

Isn’t Global Robotics 2020 Already Here?
Industrial robot sales and deployments, AI/robot convergence, the Asian GDP forecast, and a look at a big year ahead for cobots in China

March 2019

New-Age Asian Service Robots Meet the Public
$37 billion global sales, growing on average 21% a year, between 2019 and 2021

Click & Mortar—Robots Working Chinese Restaurant Industry
Can “machine people” 机器人 save China’s restaurant industry from severe labor shortages and high turnover?

Bypassing the Straits of Malacca
Kra Canal Project: Often proposed, never attempted, the $32B project has now taken on special meaning. Mega-boom for automation and robotics.

Is Thailand Next to Go Digital? Sure Looks That Way
Investment, infrastructure, new-tech automation, and digital living converge in the Land of Sanuk

The Gripper Chronicles
Grippers Chasing Cobots to Fame & Fortune
With cobot marketplace forecast at $9.2B by 2025, every cobot will demand a “skillful” gripper

Isn’t Global Robotics 2020 Already Here?
Industrial robot sales and deployments, AI/robot convergence, the Asian GDP forecast, and a look at a big year ahead for cobots in China

April 2019

When Automation Goes to Sea, Things Happen
Lessons learned about automation from the low-tech shipping container

Automation of Jobs & Managing Employee Morale
How employers can preserve employee morale by proactively explaining the benefits of automation

Gripper Titan, Robotiq, Debuts New Products and New Plans for Growth
Robotiq gears up for major market expansion with two, brand-new vacuum grippers, and a first-ever sanding kit; following a trio of adaptive grippers introduced last year…plus $23 million in VC investments!

Intelligent Gripper for Demanding & Diverse Handling
Sturdy SCHUNK EGI well-suited for electronics, pharmaceutical and laboratory applications

Asian Future: Industrial Robots Meet Wright’s Law
Are industrial robots looking at a sudden cost decline? It could be good news for everyone, including robot manufacturers

Darwin Comes to Chicago: Automate/ProMat 2019
Upgrading the attendee experience: Should Automate and ProMat be a single organism?

Automate/ProMat 2025…Ooops!
If you can’t make it to Automate/ProMat 2025 in Shanghai this month, then check out Geek+ in Chicago at ProMat: The future of warehousing

Around Asia: Interesting Robot Innovation on the Grow
Robot trials, tryouts and auditions going on seemingly everywhere at once

May 2019

Part One of a Two-Part Article
The Three Sisters: Malaysia, Vietnam & Thailand
Avoid the middle-income trap, max out productivity, prepare citizenry for transformation…or else!

The Emma Coalition: Spreading Ideas That Matter
The Emma Coalition is decidedly fresh air for a world grown bone weary from chasing AI demons around their workplaces

The Gripper Chronicles
Research Shows Need for Smart Grippers to Skyrocket
Need for smart grippers is announcing itself as end users employ cobots in an ever-expanding diversity of jobs

The Future of Cobots in EuropeCobots (podcast): Progress, Potential and Overcoming Challenges for Adoption

The Cobot Guys from Genoa
The Cobotics World Catalog & Database of Cobots and Grippers

Cobot To-Do List: Cheaper to Buy, Easier to Use
The $6,500 cobot and cobots “mimicking humans” have arrived

Jibo, Kuri, Cozmo: Is This a Trend?
Is Something Stalking Social Robots? Maybe AI, NLP and Alexa?

June 2019

Feds Clueless About Impact of Automation
U.S. government admits it’s “unable to quantify automation’s effect on the workforce”

Digitization of the Workplace: AI, Automation & the Workforce
Full Podcast & Transcript [excerpts]: Artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and automation, and their impact on employers in the near and slightly more distant future

Philosophy Grads Sought for Careers in AI!
“Philosophers with dim career prospects are in demand to research the ethics of data tech.” —Financial Times

Robot Fatigue, Reskilling & Jobs
Workers and employers alike have robot fatigue; they have turned the page, and with clearer heads, are now preparing for a possible bright new future

Staying Hot: Logistics Market in Southeast Asia
It’s like China all over again! From $36B to $55B near term, Southeast Asia’s 600 million consumers acquiring a taste for e-commerce
Clash of Titans: Robot Makers vs. Robot Hackers
Who has the early advantage, how should industry respond, and how best to cyber-harden a robot?

Technological Disruption Creates Jobs…Good Ones!
Helping workers take advantage of the new jobs that technology will create

Asia’s New Frontier: Medtech Robotics
Surgical robots top the list of must-have devices; a quality, low-cost competitor could propel Asia to world leadership

Warehouse Alamo? Yes, but in Slo-mo!
Warehouse automation is rolling in and humans are being pushed out of order picking and freight handling jobs. But not fast enough! Why?

Reinventing the Robot: A Job Only AI Can Do?
Everything about an industrial robot has changed since Unimate (1961), except the robot. Isn’t it about time something was done about the “except”?

Part Two of a Two-Part Article on Southeast Asia’s Brightest Futures
The Three Sisters’ Greatest Automation Asset: Confidence
Buoyed by rising confidence, SMEs in Malaysia, Vietnam & Thailand are poised to accelerate transformation via automation beginning in 2020.

July 2019

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?

China’s Journey to Self-Reliance in Robots
Difficult but doable. Under the gun of “modernize or perish,” it might be a good time for China’s domestic robot industry to step up and be counted

Forget 2019! Let’s Strap in for 2020. It’s Gonna Rock!
The “Roaring Twenties” for industrial robots and automation may be rolling in early, especially in Asia.

When Jay Invented Computer Memory
JAY’S MAGNET SHOP: One evening in the spring of 1949, Jay Forrester hit upon the idea of magnetic-core memory while leafing through a magazine.

In the Wake of FDI: Automation Arrives in Force
Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam, primed for more automation technology as region’s foreign direct investment (FDI) soars

Picking Winners for Wall Street
Can a new age of robot tech spark new investments?

The Hybrid Worker in the Hybrid Workplace
Say goodbye to vertical-specific expertise. With the aid and companionship of a digital partner—maybe even a robot—being a hybrid worker might well be the gateway to the future of all jobs…and a happy homelife

Siasun Seeks to Develop Huge Tract of Thailand
New-look FDI—tech with a future! —settles into Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)

What I Want from a Home Robot
It’s not lawn mowing, vacuuming, doing laundry, or cooking meals.

September 2019

The Gripper Chronicles
The Rise of OnRobot in an Age of Grippers
Gripper newcomer, OnRobot, building powerhouse lineup of cobot tools for “collaborative applications”

The Gripper Chronicles
Gripper Sales to Skyrocket
Need for smart grippers is announcing itself as end users employ cobots in an ever-expanding diversity of jobs

Insilico’s Brave New World
AI Goes Where AI Has Never Gone Before
Artificial Intelligence (AI)—in a first-ever—has designed and validated a new drug candidate in days

ABB, KUKA & Siemens
Dueling Euros Square Off in China: 2020-2025
The Influence of European Technology on “Made in China 2025”

Robotics and 3D Printing Go Large Together
Maritime industry gets disrupted with a first-ever 3D printed ship’s propeller

 End-to-End Automation
ABB’s Shanghai Showcase
This changes everything: China’s first smart factory where robots build other robots autonomously by the tens of thousands

August 2019

“Danger, Will Robinson! Deepfake!”
Robots spotting “deepfakes”
Antidote to synthetic media: Home robot that hunts deepfakes…and maybe thwarts robocalls, robotexts, bad bots, and creepy people ringing the doorbell.

Japan’s Kingpins Battle to Win!
No parts, no automation
Critical importance of robot parts gets pushed to the max.

Update: Warehouse Automation
The Market, Its Tech & Its $27B Future
From $13 Billion in 2018 to $27 Billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 11.7%

Genie vs. Anti-Genie
One Bottle, Two Genies; Neither Going Back!
The genie of unintended consequences just saved China’s tech industry.
Robotics and automation could be the better for it

Robots in Southeast Asia: The Big Next!
Industrial robot sales in Southeast Asia poised for rapid expansion as trade war tariffs drive low-end manufacturing south earlier than expected

The Great East-West AI Clash: China vs. U.S.
Not since the Cold War has technology anchored such a high-stakes power struggle. The real winner: Technology

AI: What Every HR Dept Needs to Know
Podcast & Transcript: Uncertainty can cause an employer to kind of “freeze in place” and be reluctant to advance the use of AI technology

October 2019

November 2019

December 2019

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