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Robotics, Automation & Business News Index: 2018

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

Welcome to 2018

The Year of the "Smart" Robot and Intelligent Manufacturing

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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”I am text block. 

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March 2018

Dueling Euros Square Off in China
KUKA, ABB & Siemens vie for leadership in the “Internet of production”

AI in China: 中国 人工智能 的崛起
China’s ascent into the rarefied air of being an official AI juggernaut has been swift and powerful…and paid for in full

KUKA & Midea Powering Up Factory of the Future
Is the KUKA/Midea smart factory team making a breakout move?

Buying and Selling Cobots the WeChat Way
Once commoditized, cobots will be ordered online like laptops are today…together with financing, insurance, maintenance, and engineering expertise…all via WeChat

A Place Where Robots Are a Godsend
Where because of robots there is work; and where without them is unthinkable

Korea’s Robots Pull Off World’s First at Winter Olympics
Largest-ever meetup between robots and people…plus! most days logged, most hours, most mileage—and most smiles

Will ABB’s Robots Contend for the IIoT Crown?
Will great support tech, money, a new boss, and AI be enough?

February 2018

Storm & Stress in the Workplace as AI Draws Near
The future of work arrives: AI, robots and automation

These Days, Time in Asia Moves Faster Than Anywhere Else
The pace of Asian automation is beginning to lap the field. What’s next, AI?

Korea Showcases Its Robot Innovations at the Olympics
Show of solidarity and engineering prowess will be on display daily for 80,000 attendees and 3 billion TV viewers

Bonfires of the Teslas?
The Lithium-Ion Battery: Power King or Pretender?

Olympics Here We Come
Meet the Smart Family of Intelligent Robots

January 2018

Part One of a Two-part Series
The Promise of Cobots…Delivered!
Initially dismissed as a non-factor, this brilliantly-conceived robot arm has turned the robotics industry on its head. Now, a cobot is a must-have in every robot maker’s product line, or else!

Part Two of a Two-part Series
Is Disruption Ahead for the Cobot Revolution?
Does the cobot revolution need the revolution of e-commerce to drive wide-scale adoption?

Predictors, Predictions & Portents: The Workplace 2018
Robots, automation & AI: There’s a lot more than work in the workplace this year

Meet the Family: Introduction to FutureRobot
From CES 2018 to the Winter Olympics with the smart family of intelligent robots

Robots, Automation, and the Kra Canal Project
Often proposed, never attempted, the $28B project has now taken on special meaning

It’s Not Robots Taking Jobs—It’s Technology!
The rise of the humble, low-tech shipping container is an object lesson in what’s to come for robots and jobs

Legacy Automation Arrives: “Dumb” Robots vs. “Smart” Robots
Coming sooner than we think: Robots won’t be programmed to work, they will be taught to work. They will “learn” to work!

The Influence of Asian Industrial Robots on Manufacturing in North America
In 1983, there were 50 U.S. industrial robot builders, while in 2018 there are zero.  Logistics robots are the only bright spot. What happened…and what are the consequences?

May 2018

What If China Automated Its Cut-Flower Industry?Cut-flower cultivation the size of New Jersey—with zero automation—is now worth $11 billion. An automated future could treble its value

Why Is My Factory Smarter Than Your Factory?
Upping the robot ante: When preventive maintenance and non-stop work are not enough

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

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

April 2018

Part 1 of a 2-part series
Grippers as Brainiacs!
Who are the gripper-meisters? What are they mastering now…and why?

Part 2 of a 2-part series
Gripper Disruption: Topping Off a Robot’s Arm
Will grippers become the brainy aristocrats in factories and warehouses that run the show?

Preview to 2-part article series
The Gripper Chronicles: The Rise of the “Smart” Gripper
What next for the all-important, business end of every robot…the gripper? 

Make Way for the Kiva Killers: Geek+ Has Arrived
Fleet of Chinese logistics robots debut in North America

Siemens Encamps Global Robot Research HQ in China
Manufacturing gets an upgrade as robots, automation and manufacturing converge and merge

The Way Forward Is Difficult, but It’s the Only Way
The Asian Century will witness the rise of the world’s first automated society

June 2018

“Made in China 2025” Takes a Big Leap Forward
Terry Gou and Foxconn move to reinvent themselves for a leadership role in smart manufacturing.

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”?

AI and Robot Hysteria Gets a Little Clarity
Recent OECD research on how best to transit into the new world of automation

Feeding Asia: Robots, Automation & Four+ Billion Mouths to Feed
From farm to chopsticks: Not enough land, not enough water, too few farmers, and $470 billion in annual food spoilage

Is Esben Østergaard the Henry Ford of Robotics?
Arguably the creator of the cobot industry that democratized industrial robots for the rest of us

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

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