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Automating Journalism

March 2014

Automation GT at Hubpages: Automating the Process of Journalism

Automation GT has a new blog out today on HubPages.

Following last week’s earthquake in Los Angeles, many journalists took notice of how the Los Angeles Time‘s use of an algorithm allowed them to report on the earthquake before any other news outlet. Though many processes of journalism have been automated for years, some journalists found the news of this automated reporting to be disturbing.

Journalism is no different from any other industry: as long as there are elements of the job that are time consuming and costly that can be automated, those elements likely will be automated. However, because a large part of the journalistic profession is creative, many people tend to assume that no part of the job can be automated.

Automation GT argues that, as in any other industry, this is a good thing for workers. In this case, automating the reporting on these stories allows journalists more room to do analytical and investigative reporting that is of great value to society.


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March 2014

Automation GT at the Examiner: Biotechs and Automation

Automation GT has a new article on The Examiner on how the growth in the San Diego market for biotech industry will mean the potential for growth in other San Diego industries.

In a recent article in the San Diego Business Journal, journalist Meghana Keshavan reports on several major investments in San Diego area biotechs for research and pharmaceutical projects. As many of our customers are in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and life science industries, and much of our portfolio comes from projects in these industries, we were excited to hear about the promise of further growth in this already flourishing San Diego market.

Read more about how growth in science industries means growth in automation.

Industrial Manufacturing

March 2014

Industrual Manufacturing and Robotics in the Years Ahead

Rachel Greenberg writes marketing and technical content for Automation GT.

The beginning of 2014 has brought some exciting growth for American manufacturing and at Automation GT, we are excited to discover what this growth indicates for the automation industry in the coming year. According to Reuters, manufacturing last month grew at its fastest rate in three years.

After a slow period at the beginning of 2014, manufacturing is gearing up to launch back into full-scale production. According to Bloomberg News, there are a couple of reasons for that early year slump including the barrage of winter weather in many major industrial cities and investor fears over the international implications of events in Crimea for American manufacturing.

However, February saw some unexpected growth in American manufacturing at a higher than predicted rate, which suggests that recovery in the coming months will be excellent. With the winter season approaching its end and tensions slightly easing on the international front, manufacturing is ready for a rebound.

As a first order, manufacturers are starting to catch up on orders backlogged from the bad weather and accordingly are starting to see an influx of new orders as they catch up. Meanwhile, European and Asian markets had only mixed success, some of which may be a lasting effect of the temporary decline in exports resulting from the now-ending American manufacturing winter drop.

And in looking ahead to the coming years, specifically in industrial manufacturing, polls by PwC as quoted at suggest that many industrial manufacturing CEOs are confident about immediate and long-term growth potential.

However, among those polled CEOs, there were a few common concerns. Eighty-one percent believed that technological advances would transform their businesses in exciting ways in the next five years, but over 70% were concerned about exchange rate volatility, high and volatile raw material prices, and volatile energy costs. While these CEOs’ fears may suggest some reason to worry about low manufacturing in the future, other statistics give good reason to be hopeful. It was also announced this week that the industrial robotics market is expected to be worth $32.8 billion by the year 2017, which bodes well for both industrial robotics producers and industrial manufacturers. The stronger the industrial robotics market becomes, the better we will be at providing cost-effective and technologically advanced machines to manufacturers, thereby addressing many of their concerns for the future.

When taken altogether, this news demonstrates that it is an exciting time to be involved in the automation of industrial manufacturing. The future promises to bring exciting and likely rapid advancements in the types of automation technology we see at work in factories, which will be good for industrial robotics designers and manufacturers alike.