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Ask Matt: How do I invest in robots?

A: "Danger, Will Robinson," might be one of the more famous things spoken by a robot.

But since the 1960s TV show Lost in Space that popularized the phrase, robots have worked their way into modern society in less blatant ways. It's not uncommon for some surgeries to be performed by robots as well as housekeeping functions and even military operations.

Robots are integrated into our society. Not in a clunky metallic man kind of way, but in a way that machines programmed with human know-how are showing up in highly specialized ways to help accomplish goals.

Among some of the stocks that are positioned to allow investors to play robotics include:

• iRobot (IRBT) is perhaps the most recognizable maker of robots with consumers. The company makes a line of robots used mostly by consumers and by the defense industry. The company's flagship line of Roomba vacuum cleaners first put the company on the map, and gives it prominent shelf space at retailers.

The company also makes robots that clean pools and can wet-mop floors. iRobot's line of defense robots and droids help the military scout out potentially dangerous places before bringing soldiers in.

Intuitive Surgical(ISRG). If you think you'd never live in an era when medical procedures were done by robots, you're wrong. Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci surgery systems allow machines to aid in operations, and provide a chance at greater precision and faster recovery times in some cases.

• Defense companies. A number of the defense contractors, including Boeing (BA), design and make a variety of unmanned drones. Expect this area of robotics to catch on. So far, many of the unmanned drones are being made by private companies, which public investors cannot invest in. For instance, the ShadowHawk drones reportedly being deployed in some cities are made by a private company called Vanguard Defense Industries.

As you can see, the areas for investing in robots aren't all that plentiful yet. But as these companies demonstrate what's possible, and with governments and companies looking for ways to reduce cost, expect to see more robots in the field. And that may create more ways for investors to take part.

Source: http://www.usatoday.com/money/perfi/columnist/krantz/story/2012-07-15/investing-in-robots/56208288/1

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Founded by Russian entrepreneur Dmitry Itskov in February 2011 with the participation of leading Russian specialists in the field of neural interfaces, robotics, artificial organs and systems.

The main goals of the 2045 Initiative: the creation and realization of a new strategy for the development of humanity which meets global civilization challenges; the creation of optimale conditions promoting the spiritual enlightenment of humanity; and the realization of a new futuristic reality based on 5 principles: high spirituality, high culture, high ethics, high science and high technologies. 

The main science mega-project of the 2045 Initiative aims to create technologies enabling the transfer of a individual’s personality to a more advanced non-biological carrier, and extending life, including to the point of immortality. We devote particular attention to enabling the fullest possible dialogue between the world’s major spiritual traditions, science and society.

A large-scale transformation of humanity, comparable to some of the major spiritual and sci-tech revolutions in history, will require a new strategy. We believe this to be necessary to overcome existing crises, which threaten our planetary habitat and the continued existence of humanity as a species. With the 2045 Initiative, we hope to realize a new strategy for humanity's development, and in so doing, create a more productive, fulfilling, and satisfying future.

The "2045" team is working towards creating an international research center where leading scientists will be engaged in research and development in the fields of anthropomorphic robotics, living systems modeling and brain and consciousness modeling with the goal of transferring one’s individual consciousness to an artificial carrier and achieving cybernetic immortality.

An annual congress "The Global Future 2045" is organized by the Initiative to give platform for discussing mankind's evolutionary strategy based on technologies of cybernetic immortality as well as the possible impact of such technologies on global society, politics and economies of the future.


Future prospects of "2045" Initiative for society


The emergence and widespread use of affordable android "avatars" controlled by a "brain-computer" interface. Coupled with related technologies “avatars’ will give people a number of new features: ability to work in dangerous environments, perform rescue operations, travel in extreme situations etc.
Avatar components will be used in medicine for the rehabilitation of fully or partially disabled patients giving them prosthetic limbs or recover lost senses.


Creation of an autonomous life-support system for the human brain linked to a robot, ‘avatar’, will save people whose body is completely worn out or irreversibly damaged. Any patient with an intact brain will be able to return to a fully functioning  bodily life. Such technologies will  greatly enlarge  the possibility of hybrid bio-electronic devices, thus creating a new IT revolution and will make  all  kinds of superimpositions of electronic and biological systems possible.


Creation of a computer model of the brain and human consciousness  with the subsequent development of means to transfer individual consciousness  onto an artificial carrier. This development will profoundly change the world, it will not only give everyone the possibility of  cybernetic immortality but will also create a friendly artificial intelligence,  expand human capabilities  and provide opportunities for ordinary people to restore or modify their own brain multiple times.  The final result  at this stage can be a real revolution in the understanding of human nature that will completely change the human and technical prospects for humanity.


This is the time when substance-independent minds will receive new bodies with capacities far exceeding those of ordinary humans. A new era for humanity will arrive!  Changes will occur in all spheres of human activity – energy generation, transportation, politics, medicine, psychology, sciences, and so on.

Today it is hard to imagine a future when bodies consisting of nanorobots  will become affordable  and capable of taking any form. It is also hard to imagine body holograms featuring controlled matter. One thing is clear however:  humanity, for the first time in its history, will make a fully managed evolutionary transition and eventually become a new species. Moreover,  prerequisites for a large-scale  expansion into outer space will be created as well.


Key elements of the project in the future

• International social movement
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• scientific research centre "Immortality"
• business incubator
• University of "Immortality"
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