A 360 Degree View Of Incubating Mechatronics

Last month, private equity giant Blackstone Group announced the acquisition of Colony Capital for $5.9 billion, a deal that encompasses 60 million square feet of warehouse space across 465 facilities. Blackstone is reported to manage now over $250 billion worth of property worldwide, and the Colony purchase comes on the … Read More

Is China An AI Security Concern?

This past week, the Interior Department ordered the grounding of its drone fleet that was made in China or contained Chinese parts. This comes on the heels of similar actions taken by the Department of Homeland Security in May and the United States Army in 2017. While political pundits credit the … Read More

Reinventing The Wheel, Autonomously

As I pen this article, Walmart is already ushering in the Holiday season with its “Early Deals” dropping online tonight at midnight (five weeks before Black Friday). Since more than half of US consumers prefer e-commerce over brick-and-mortar stores, close to 40% plan to start checking off Santa’s list by … Read More

Implementing Pro Active Cyber Policies For SmartCity Infrastructure

Every 39 seconds a cyber attack hits companies and government offices in the United States. Last week, after moderating a discussion with Chuck Brooks of General Dynamics on the vulnerabilities of ransomware, a non-profit that I support became the latest victim. This all too close event, that threatened millions of … Read More

The DARPA SubT Challenge: A Robot Triathlon

One of the biggest urban legends growing up in New York City were rumors about alligators living in the sewers. This myth even inspired a popular children’s book called “The Great Escape: Or, The Sewer Story,” with illustrations of reptiles crawling out of apartment toilets. To this day, city dwellers … Read More

The Future Of Humans, Taxes And Work

It was a day like all others biking down the West Side Highway to work. Then BAM! Right out of nowhere a spandex clad cyclist slammed into me from behind. I quickly grabbed his handlebars to protect the biker’s cranium from hitting the pavement. He reciprocated with loud shouts questioning … Read More

CivDrone: Breaking Through The Hype By Staking Out A New Workflow Paradigm

Watching the news today is reminiscent of the sound of fingernails screeching down a chalkboard. Few reporters take the time to truly analyze the context of their stories from superstorms to mass shootings to the widespread adoption of autonomous systems. Even trade publications are guilty of hyping pole-dancing robots over articles … Read More

Summer Travel Diary: Reopening Cold Cases With Robotic Data Discoveries

Traveling to six countries in eighteen days, I journeyed with the goal delving deeper into the roots of my family before World War II. As a child of refugees, my parents’ narrative is missing huge gaps of information. Still, more than seventy-eight years since the disappearance of my Grandmother and … Read More

The Watershed Moment For Underwater Drones

The biggest mystery in the Universe could possibly be right here on Earth. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as much as 95% of the oceans and 99% of the ocean floor has yet to be explored. Given more than 70% of the planet is covered by water, … Read More

Pipeline Bots Are Ensuring Nothing Blows Up

Last week, I was on the phone with a large multinational corporate investor discussing the applications for robotics in the energy market. He expressed his frustration about the lack of products to inspect and repair active oil and gas pipelines, citing too many catastrophic accidents. His point was further endorsed … Read More