Robots helping small businesses scale craftsmanship

Small business owners and entrepreneurs are starting to employ autonomous machines in collaborative and even artistic ways, and that may point to a new chapter of artisanal and small-batch manufacturing in the U.S. this report looks at an example of a TLAC, a 2D and 3D design, print, and publishing shop in Toronto, Canada, that creates books for self-published authors.


Advanced Robotic Systems: The Manufacturing Labor Force of Tomorrow

The automation industry is seeing a shift in its labor force. As many current workers get ready to retire, a younger workforce has yet to arrive to take its place. In response to this shortfall, the advanced robotic market has grown significantly. Advanced robotic systems and collaborative robots are taking center stage at a time when manufacturing industries need them the most. This is a report based off some findings by the Boston Consulting Group and others.



In the wake of Donald Trump winning the election to be the next President of the United States, there are discussions currently ongoing about how that will affect the TPP agreement. Will he scrap the deal as he promised to do during his campaign? How would he do that? Would it be a popular decision?

Robotics in Healthcare

Bernadette Keefe, a guest blogger for Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation, does a very thorough run through of some of the biggest robotics innovations in health care delivery. The health care industry has many problems it must deal with. There are out of control costs and prices, labor shortages throughout the ranks, a continuous explosion of information and technology, and an increasingly sick and aging population. Robotics and the advances in the field offer a way to manage some of these issues and eliminate others, thereby making the entire health care delivery system more efficient.

The TPP and Malaysia; concerns?

The TPP agreement undoubtedly brings many benefits to the Malaysian economy. Some of these have already been discussed in an earlier blog post. However, it’s also important to point out that there might be some concerns with implementing the agreement. There are provisions for copyright and intellectual property protection. How does that affect access to cheaper medicines? How are local businesses negatively affected by having to survive against foreign competition? These are some of the issues to ponder on.

Is the TPP really a leap forward for Malaysia?

When signing the TPP agreement, Malaysia managed to get a few interesting concessions like maintaining the Bumuputera agenda  and getting a grace period to reform state enterprises. Shankaran Nambiar of the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research thinks these concessions mean the Malaysian government essentially gets to ‘have its cake and eat it too’.  He concludes in this article by admitting that anybody who thought that the TPP would trigger a domestic reform process in Malaysia will be disappointed. The TPP may not turn out to be such a game changer after all. But, without the TPP, trade and investment might be diverted to Vietnam and Singapore. At least, Malaysia can now rest in the comfort that that will not happen.

Indiana agriculture to benefit from TPP Agreement

The American Farm Bureau Federation has released a state-by-state analysis of the economic impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade and investment agreement. Nationally, the American Farm Bureau Federation estimates annual net farm income will increase. In Indiana, the TPP agreement is expected to increase cash receipts and net exports. It will also lead to increased marketing opportunities for Hoosier farmers and add jobs to the Indiana economy.