Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

According to Allied Market Research, the global robotics market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.5 percent between 2020 and 2027 to reach US$189.36 billion.

This growth will be tied to the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics technology across industries including defense and security, manufacturing, electronics, automotive and healthcare.

Research firm Markets and Markets projects that the industrial segment of the robotics market alone will grow at a CAGR of 12.3 percent from 2021 to 2026 to reach a value of US$75.3 billion. The firm predicts that the robotics market will play a key role in the coming age of automation, with smart factories already increasing demand for robots. Robotics and AI technologies are making their way into consumer goods manufacturing, food processing and packaging and e-commerce supply chain automation.

Demand for industrial robots is also rising in the medical field, including surgical robotics. A report by Verified Market Research projects that this segment of the robotics market will experience a CAGR of 17.6 percent from 2021 to 2028 to reach US$22.7 billion.

The automotive industry is the sector in which industrial robotics are playing the most transformative role. For example, auto manufacturer BMW (ETR:BMWsigned a supply agreement with robotics firm KUKA (OTC Pink:KUKAF,ETR:KU2) in Q2 2020 for 5,000 robots to help manufacture BMW’s current and future vehicle models. In Q3 2021, Nissan (OTC Pink:NSANY,TSE:7201) announced its Intelligent Factory initiative, which will incorporate the benefits of AI, internet of things and robotics technologies into vehicle manufacturing in an effort to create a zero-emission production system.

We focus on creating robots with advanced mobility, dexterity, and intelligence by investing into start-ups, projects and companies. We have long held that mobility sufficient to access both the natural and our civilized world of buildings required legs. We began the pursuit of this dream over 25 years ago, first in academia and then as part of ΔN Aurum Dynamics because it was an exciting technical challenge and because our goal of  building a highly mobile robot required it. We want  to create robots that can go where people go. The common daily tasks don’t occur solely on a neatly organized factory floor, but in daily life in the natural world and human-built environments.  These are places where being effective requires deftly maneuvering through rocky trails, staircases, catwalks, doors or narrow cluttered passages.

While we take the natural world as inspiration for our  investment strategies into robots and Artificial Intelligence, the design is ultimately motivated by functionality. For robots to be useful, the must end up moving like humans and animals not because we want them to look like humans and animals but because we need them to access our buildings, daily infrastructure and the world we live in. Balance and dynamic motion are characteristics we have previously only seen in animals. It is this organic quality of dynamically stable motion that people tend to associate with lifelike movement. Robots must be able to navigate tough unstructured, unknown, difficult or antagonistic terrain with ease. Wheeled and tracked robots are limited by stairs, gaps, ground-level obstructions such as cabling and staged materials and minor height differences in flooring. These environments don’t present the same challenges for legged robots.

We are active in all types of robots. We are not focused on a specific class or a specific business sector but really the opportunity itself, the “situation”.

If you believe you have an investment opportunity for us, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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