Global Robot Wars

China Seeks Dominance
Battle Bots
Global Battle Bots
At the World Robot Conference in Beijing, that just ended last night, China showed off its star robots.  Robot musicians, doctors, athletes and teachers.  Most observers say the biggest stars of the show were small, "battle bots" that smashed and hammered their way through opponents to the cheers of the crowds.  These Chinese warriors, made by robot enthusiasts, are designed to entertain.

China's Robot Economy
China is pushing hard on automation.  It has an aging workforce, a labor shortage and increasing labor costs as the nation becomes wealthier.  President Xi Jinping is calling for a robot revolution.  The government is subsidizing the sector.

Robotics Hot and Getting Hotter
The US, with R&D funding from the US Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA, is a dominant contender in robotics.  Some of the standouts in the industry include breakthrough robotics developed by MIT and Boston Dynamics, both funded in part by DARPA.  But China is aggressively pushing ahead.

Made in China 2025
China's the number one market in the world for industrial robots and demand is expected to jump another 20% in 2019.  It's leading the way with robots in the workforce including in restaurants and in health care.  President Xi wants automation and robotics to play a dominant role in his plan for Made in China in 2025.  He's clearly on the way.


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