10 Trends in Robotics, AI, and Autonomous Systems to Watch in 2019

Robotics Business Review | January 03, 2019

We're now officially in 2019, and all signs indicate that it will be a bigger year than ever for robotics, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles. If you're in the automation business or are thinking of investing in robots, we'll have a lot to share.
But before we jump into the latest news, the editors of Robotics Business Review are putting on our own wizards' hats - scarily enough, we likely own some - to make some predictions about 2019.

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Your organization has plugged itself into the digital landscape in all kinds of ways, and it seems like every day there’s a new way to build on that trend. But you might be surprised to learn just how much of your business is still done the old-fashioned way: manually.

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Your organization has plugged itself into the digital landscape in all kinds of ways, and it seems like every day there’s a new way to build on that trend. But you might be surprised to learn just how much of your business is still done the old-fashioned way: manually.

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