Xconomy Launches Robotics and A.I. Channel

At the end of March, Xconomy held a jam-packed event called Robo Madness: The A.I. Explosion. If you were among the roughly 250 people who descended on the Googleplex in the heart of Cambridge’s Kendall Square for the event, you may have heard me note that robotics and artificial intelligence were clearly growing in importance in this age of consumer bots, drones, healthcare robotics, A.I. software, and more. Reflecting that trend, I said that Xconomy would soon be announcing a new way to follow our rapidly expanding national coverage of these important subjects.

I am pleased to announce that today is that day. Our national Robotics and A.I. channel is officially live, featuring all articles about robotics, artificial intelligence, and related topics from across our 11-market network. It is our eighth such national channel, joining Startups; Fintech; Health IT, Cleantech; Exome (life sciences); Xperience (consumer tech); and Cybersecurity, which we announced only last month.

We’d like to thank the launch sponsors/underwriters who have joined us to support this new channel: the law firm Mintz Levin and contract manufacturing company Cirtronics.

Xconomy’s editors around the country have been writing about robotics and A.I. for years now—and our original robotics event, now called Robo Madness West, is in its fifth year, set for June 22 in San Jose. Two years ago, we brought Robo Madness to Boston, where it has been a sellout each spring. And today, with our channel launch, we are taking our coverage of the field one step farther.

Today, for example, we have two interesting stories on human-machine collaboration for business. In Boston, a startup led by veterans of travel company Kayak is trying to help people resolve customer-service issues with a combination of human workers and A.I. software. And in Seattle, a startup called Textio is using machine learning and natural language processing to improve job listings and recruiting e-mails for big companies like Starbucks and Microsoft.

This week, we also have stories on a radar system for drones, and Toyota’s new $1 billion autonomous-vehicle research hub in Ann Arbor, MI.

With the launch of this channel, we make it easy for readers interested in robotics and A.I. to find all articles on these subjects from around our network. All you have to do is go to the home page of the new channel, or sign up for a dedicated e-mail newsletter.

We hope you enjoy this new way of following this important subject—and we hope to see you in San Jose on June 22.

Bob is Xconomy's founder and chairman. You can email him at [email protected] Follow @bbuderi

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