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Asian Robotics, Automation & Business News Index: 2017

Robotics | Automation | Advanced Manufacturing | 3D Printing | Internet of Things | General Purpose Technology

August 2017

Guess Who’s Driving China's Robot Revolution?
Already spreading billions of dollars all over East and Southeast Asia, China’s middle-class largesse is about to go into hyperdrive as robot-driven automation gets cranking

The Day the Cobot Stopped: Lemon Laws for Cobots?
The ubiquitous cobot? By 2025 there will be 840,000 kicking around…annually!

Using K-Pop and Other Offbeat Stuff to Promote Robot Skills Training
Why not use some “disruptive” pizzazz to promote robotics training and education? It’s not now, and it shows

Part Five: Magical Mystery Tour
KUKA: Total Access for China’s Robot Insider 

China and KUKA team up for a magical mystery tour into robotics, AI, and a massive high-tech IP database

Will China’s Current Five-Year Plan Be Its Greatest Ever?
If so, somewhere prominent will reside a massive statue of an industrial robot covered in lotus flowers and orchids…and gawked at by schoolchildren​

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

Part Four: China’s Robot Reply

China's Reply: Aim High, Be Bold

Will foreign robot suppliers dominate China's million-plus factories?

Part 2 of 2-Part Series

Dr. Song’s All-Korean, Olympic, Robot Team
Korean service robots to get biggest introduction ever: showcasing their “services” to 3.1 billion global viewers

July 2017

Part 1 of 2-Part Series

Korean Robots Go for Gold at 2018 Olympics
Winter Games to feature a dozen service robots in first-ever appearance 

What If There Was a Ship Called the SS CobotWorld?
Come this September, Quebec will see a mini-CobotWorld for three days. Maybe it should be permanent.

Hey, Asia! Are You Watching Yourself Change?
It’s amazing and it’s happening faster than anyone thought possible

Part Three: Robot Parts Bonanza
Robot Parts: Critical Importance Amid Explosive Growth
Factory of the Future would grind to a halt without them

Part Two: The Guru of Shanghai
Forecast for Industrial Robots Through 2020
Georg Stieler’s purview on robot automation after six years in China

Part One: Grins & Gains
Robot Blast Off: China Spends Its Way to Victory 
Tremors in Tokyo, and it’s not an earthquake

We’ve Got Liftoff…Finally!
1H2017 was the countdown we've all been waiting to hear. Give Japan and China all the credit for getting things off the ground in a very big way

Serendipity: Creating Value Through Unexpected Encounters 
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September 2017

The Man Who Created an Industry
Mr. Cobot: Is Esben Østergaard the Henry Ford of Robotics? 
Arguably the creator of the cobot industry that democratized industrial robots for the rest of us

First of a 3-part series on Canadian robotics
Canadian Robotics Muscles into Prime Time
A robotics ecosystem that was always very good is now wow! Why?

Lean Robotics: Factory in a Hotel Ballroom
Robotiq’s user conference launches “Lean Robotics” and puts forty cobots to work getting “lean”

Goodbye, Shanzhai: The Future of Innovation in Asia
Industrial innovation: Out of labs and onto the factory floor 

The Original Big-Screen Dystopia Turns 90
Metropolis and Maria ninety years on can still pull audiences (1927-2017)

Are Robots the Remedy for Asia's Lonely Hearts?
With loneliness rising to alarming levels, how about lonely hearts clubs where humans and robots hook up for lifelong companionship? 

Welcome to 2018
The Year of the "Smart" Robot and Intelligent Manufacturing

Article Index 2016-2017

March 2018

How to Create a Cobot Stampede!
Make SMEs an Offer They Can’t Refuse

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 lap
tops 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

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

Robotics ETF Coffers Bulging with Investor Billions
“The amount of money moving into ETFs this month [January] is truly staggering."

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?

December 2017

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

How Smart Was KUKA to Buy Visual Components? Damn Smart!
Automating China’s nearly two million factories just got a “smart” partner. Next up: Adding on a giant helping of China’s expertise in AI!

Year-end Thoughts on Robots and Jobs and People Like You and Me
Holiday reading: Harvard Business Review, Deloitte, and McKinsey on jobs, people, the nature of work, and the future. Good stuff. Thought-provoking content to consider for 2018 and beyond

China’s Industrial Robot Sales to Surge 140% by 2019
Intense competition expected as Chinese market to account for one of every five robots deployed.  East Asia and ASEAN to realize major spin-off benefits.

Professions in Peril? Are AI and Robots Drawing a Bead?
Are our current professions “antiquated and no longer affordable”? Or, prefigured in the clutter of the debate over professions, are next-gen, super-professions deceptively beginning to arise?

Second of a multi-part article series on the Littler Washington Roundtable
What Will Robots Know?
After we endow robots with human-like senses, what will they know about their human workmates…and how will that knowledge be used?

China’s Retail Boom: Automation, Robots & Lingerie
Victoria’s Secret may need more than a glitzy fashion show in Shanghai to score  big with China’s white-hot consumer marketplace 

November 2017

Revenge of the Robots: Are Robots Now Dominating CES?
From laughable, fall-down toys to kings and queens of live events, hooray for robots

China Envy: AI, Robotics & All That Stuff
Should the U.S. be uneasy over China’s newfound AI power surge?

First of a multi-part article series on the Littler Washington Roundtable
Washington Roundtable: Automation, Robotics & AI
Workplace Transformation and the Reinvention of Work

Xi, Robots & the Next Five Years
Opportunities for Robotics in Asia Totally Unprecedented

Third of a 3-part series on Canadian robotics
Canadian Robotics: Ingenuity and Practicality
On the road to find out: Toronto/Montreal to the Maritimes

October 2017

The Lithium-Ion Battery: Power King or Pretender?
Should robots, EVs and autonomous vehicles beware their energy supplies?

Investor Billions Return to Spark India’s High Tech
Second time around: Investors are back again at the trough of Indian technology startups

Second of a 3-part series on Canadian robotics
Canadian Robotics: Ingenuity and Practicality
On the road to find out: Vancouver to Waterloo

After 12 Years, AIBO’s Out of SONY’s Doghouse! 
What next? Is it too late to recapture the magic that made this robot dog loved by so many?

Looking to Make a Fortune Investing in Robotics?
For 2018, big winners rare while broad, quick growth settles in to stay awhile

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