DCT Industrial Trust® Appoints Tobias Hartmann to Its Board of Directors

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DCT Industrial Trust ® (NYSE: DCT), a leading industrial real

estate company, today announced the appointment of Tobias (Tobi)

Hartmann to its Board of Directors, effective October 31, 2016. He will

also serve on the Compensation and Investment Committees.

Mr. Hartmann is currently the President of Radial Inc., formerly known

as eBay Enterprise & Innotrac, a leading provider in omnichannel

commerce technology and operations solutions for brands and retailers in

North America and internationally. Prior to Radial Inc., he served in

multiple positions including Chief Operating Officer at D+S GmbH, a

full-service e-commerce and business process outsourcing provider.

Mr. Hartmann brings more than a decade of experience in developing,

launching and operating e-commerce products and solutions, both for

private and public companies.

“We are very pleased to welcome Tobi to DCT’s Board of Directors,” said

Tom August, DCT Industrial’s Chairman of the Board. “As the impact of

e-commerce on our business continues to grow rapidly, Tobi’s deep

expertise in this field will be a great addition to the Company and our

Board.”

The appointment of Mr. Hartmann, an independent director, brings the

number of DCT Industrial Directors to nine.

About DCT Industrial Trust Inc.®

DCT Industrial is a leading industrial real estate company specializing

in the ownership, acquisition, development, leasing and management of

bulk-distribution and light-industrial properties in high-volume

distribution markets in the U.S. As of June 30, 2016, the Company owned

interests in approximately 72.0 million square feet of properties leased

to approximately 900 customers. DCT maintains a Baa2 rating from Moody’s

Investors Service and a BBB- from Standard & Poor’s Rating Services.

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How robots are helping Marines save lives on battlefield

Marines are known for risking their lives on the battlefield, but more and more, robot technology is helping to avoid those dangers and save lives.  

At this year’s Fleet Week celebrations in New York, Marine specialists showed Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland the latest technology they are using in combat.  

One of those machines, the Mark II Talon is proving to be a crucial robot for Marines in the field.

“We use this for going downrange on any suspicious devices or packages that we have. This helps out to keep the [specialists] away and keeps the personnel safe,” said Staff Sgt. Mike Hill.

The Marines have used this type of robot in the U.S. as well as in Afghanistan and Iraq. Hill, who recently served in Afghanistan, says his team always carried the robot with them on missions. “Whenever I would come upon a device, the first thing I would do is put the robot down to go look at it.”

Four cameras are mounted on the robot. This gives the Marines a multi-view, close-up look at a potential threat. This helps “us to see all aspects of what we are dealing with and what we have done there,” said Hill.

It is also equipped with a gripping feature on the front of the robot that allows it to work on suspicious devices.

The Packbot is another robot utilized by the Marines in combat. Compared with other machines, its compact size helps the military in more complex situations.

“As opposed to the other robots, it’s a little smaller, but it’s also quicker and more versatile and it has good line of sight and it could do a lot of stuff for us remotely so we don’t have to – it can go out there and put itself in the line of danger,” said  Staff Sgt. Sean Hrncir.

The Marines can control the Packbot via a live feed from several hundred yards away.  “Several cameras all around giving us a 360 [degree view] … on the front, back, and also on the arms so we can look at the gripper as well to make sure we know what we are picking up.”

Its controller might seem familiar to most – Marines control it with a joystick just like ones used for gaming systems. This allows the user to more smoothly control the Packbot’s movements.

Robots, Marines reiterated, will become more frequent sights on the battlefield, especially as the technology advances in the next several years.

However, while support grows, there are still some concerns. According to a recent report by the Center for a New American Security, robots “have been used to great effect in current operations but are still in their infancy in terms of their full potential.”

Monday, the Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) put out a call to the wider public to help develop robots to bolster national security.  “We spend too much time creating three- to four-year solutions for six-month problems … we want this new generation of robotics innovators” to help develop breakthrough technologies said Mark Micire, DARPA program manager, in a statement.

Chris Snyder is a producer for FoxNews.com based in New York. Follow him on twitter: @ChrisSnyderFox. 

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2015/05/24/marines-rely-more-on-robot-technology-to-save-lives-on-battlefield.html

The Car Company Tycoon Game

Automation is still in development, but you can get in on Early Access now! You’ll get instant access to some extra content for the current version of the game, and a copy of the full version when it’s completed, as well as every update along the way.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Automation is still heavily in development. There is already many hours of interesting gameplay to be had out of Automation, but some major features are not complete. Large updates are usually released every few months

Automation Early Access: Steam

Instant access to the Full Engine Designer and the Car Designer 

Unlocks Turbos, V6, V8 and I6 Engines and more Car Bodies

The full version of Automation when its completed (No more money to spend)

Extra content as its released

Approx $5 USD off the full price.

Multiplayer available in future versions

Read more about the game

Automation is sold as a Digital Download version only, and is for Windows PCs only

Click here to check the minimum specifications. Noting that if your Graphics Card doesn’t support Shader Model 3.0 or above it won’t run Automation (almost all modern graphic cards, but please check your graphics card manufacturer’s website if unsure)

Note: Intel Integrated Graphics cards (as seen on many budget laptops) are not officially supported but some of them may run Automation OK on low settings. Try the demo if unsure.

http://www.automationgame.com/

Adidas aims to open automated shoe factory in Germany in 2016 | Reuters

MUNICH, Germany German sporting goods maker Adidas aims to open its first fully automated shoe factory in Germany next year, part of an effort to bring manufacturing back closer to its consumers in more affluent countries.

The sporting goods maker signed an agreement to obtain technology from German engineering group Manz that will allow it to design and make custom-tailored shoe components in a new type of automated plant it calls “Speedfactory”, Manz said on Tuesday.

Adidas has been working with the German government, academics and robotics firms on new technologies it hopes will trigger a significant a shift in the footwear industry as the move led by its arch rival Nike to produce in Asia decades ago.

Adidas wants to speed up delivery times to fashion-conscious customers and reduce freight costs.

The project fits with a broader drive by Adidas to catch up with Nike, which has extended its lead as the world’s biggest sportswear firm in recent years with innovative products such as its “Flyknit” shoes made out of machine-knitted fiber.

Key to moving footwear manufacturing closer to Western markets are technologies that cut the need for workers to piece together shoes.

As part of that initiative, Adidas unveiled a 3-D printed running shoe sole this month that can be tailored to a person’s foot.

Adidas will open its first “Speedfactory” in the southern German town of Ansbach near its Herzogenaurach headquarters in 2016, a spokesman for Adidas said.

Adidas’s other partners in the project are Johnson Controls, robotic assembly expert KSL Keilmann, the Technical University of Munich’s fortiss institute as well as the University of Aachen’s ITA RWTH textile technology institute.

(Reporting by Joern Poltz; Additional reporting by Anneli Palmen; Writing by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Keith Weir)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-adidas-robots-idUSKCN0SE1RL20151020

Investment Opportunities in Automated Economy

When will the jobs return? That’s been the question in this glacially slow recovery.

The answer? Many of jobs won’t be coming back, and that’s painful news for all of us.

Job creation ebbed for years before the 2007-2008 recession and is likely to fall far short of what it was in previous decades.

Low consumer demand is one reason. Companies have no reason to hire if people aren’t buying their products, and recession-wracked Europe, our biggest consumer, isn’t consuming as much.

Yet there’s another reason for weak job creation that isn’t talked about as much. Automation, aided by new technologies, is increasingly replacing labor, changing workplaces and altering the economy in fundamental ways.

For evidence of this trend, just look around your house, your office (if you’re fortunate enough to have one) and the nearest shopping center.

o IPhones, iPads, and other devices are changing the way we shop, communicate and get news and information, disrupting old labor-intensive industries, such as newspapers and the U.S. Postal Service, while creating new ones that generally employ far fewer people.

o Online banking, brokerage and mortgages are increasingly making it easier for consumers to never set foot in a brick-and-mortar bank.

o Movie-downloading services such as Netflix and Redbox have hastened the demise of video stores.

o Self-checkout aisles at stores and gas stations have eliminated thousands of retail jobs.

Truck drivers’ jobs might soon be on the line too. Experiments with computer-driven vehicles have had vastly improved results in the past several years. In 2005, computer-driven cars could go only a few miles. Recently, Google-operated cars went thousands of miles without a mishap, and California Gov. Jerry Brown just signed a bill to allow them on the state’s highways.

As technology evolves at an ever-increasing rate, new jobs are created but not fast enough to replace the jobs that are disappearing. This is creating hardship for millions of Americans.

“At some point in the future — it might be many years or decades from now — machines will be able to do the jobs of a large percentage of the ‘average’ people in our population, and these people will not be able to find new jobs,” writes Martin Ford in his eye-opening book Lights in the Tunnel, which can be downloaded for free. This book details the challenges that we face and offers some possible solutions, including shorter work weeks, job sharing, and eliminating payroll taxes so employers have less incentive to replace workers.

David Autor, an economist at MIT, points out that the job market has been “hollowed out,” with the jobs in the middle — clerks, administrative positions, factory workers — disappearing. At the same time, high-wage jobs have been created in computer programming and biotech. Low-wage, automation-resistant jobs in such industries as food service and health care are doing just fine.

While government officials can and should worry about how to create more good-paying jobs, investors who have long suffered from a sideways stock market can profit by seeking out companies on the leading edge of the automation phenomenon.

Examples include Rockwell Automation, which makes industrial systems; Irobot, a maker of automated tools such as vacuum cleaners and floor washers; Aerovironoment, which manufactures unmanned aircraft and other vehicles, and NCR, a great example of an old-line firm that morphed from mechanical cash registers to ATMs and automated check-in systems.

Another approach to finding investment opportunities stemming from the automation trend is to look for stocks with high sales to employees. A recent survey by Bloomberg calls attention to some companies with high sales-to-employee ratios. Among them: Apple, eBay, Microsoft, Amgen and Google.

Every industrial revolution has been accompanied by new technology that underpins the innovations, and that is also fertile ground for investors seeking growth. Microchips, computer storage, optical drives, LCDs, fiber optics and nanotechnology are just a few of the innovations that are driving the new economy.

Green energy is another trend that’s here to stay. The list of these companies is long but worth investigating for investing ideas.

The good news is that the United States has enormous capacity to supply needed goods and services (with less labor than ever before, which means higher productivity). Jobs are being replaced, to be sure. However, every scenario that Ford envisions won’t necessarily come to pass. Innovators in the global and U.S. economies will doubtless find new ways to make money.

This could mean that today’s manufacturing jobs will be increasingly supplanted by more service jobs. For example, all of the new automation equipment will need servicing. One thing that seers of the high-tech future typically fail to envision is technology needs a lot of work to keep it running.

Whatever the future holds along these lines, investing in old-line firms that are labor intensive seems to be an increasingly bad bet. Such companies tend to be mature, which typically means low-growth potential and low investment returns. By focusing on high-revenue companies that harness automation, however, you’ll be looking to the future. And after all, investing is all about the future.

Yet it’s important to keep in mind that the future never unfolds as neatly as even the best seers predict — even when they’re basically right. The key is to keep abreast of economic developments to see new niches of investing opportunity developing as a result of the automation trend.

On a brighter economic note, this investment will spur general economic growth that, for all we now know, could ultimately produce new jobs in areas that now we can’t even conceive.

This work is the opinion of the columnist and in no way reflects the opinion of ABC News.

Ted Schwartz, a certified financial planner, is president and chief investment officer of Capstone Investment Financial Group. He advises individual investors and endowments, and serves as the adviser to CIFG UMA accounts. Because Schwartz has a background in psychology and counseling, he brings insights into personal motivation when advising clients on how to achieve their wealth management goals. Schwartz holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.A. from Oregon State University. He can be reached at ted@capstoneinvest.com.

http://abcnews.go.com/Business/investment-opportunities-automated-economy/story?id=17760124

$2,700 robotic bartender has a drink ready when you get home

We’ve all been that person stuck in the kitchen at a party, mixing drink after drink for throngs of thirsty guests. Well, for a mere $2,699 dollars you will never have to be trapped as the drink-dispensing host ever again.

An Atlanta-based artificial intelligence company called Monsieur has designed a robotic bartender to supply your every cocktail need.The company has so far completed six successful prototypes of the automated bartender and is now planning to sell an in-home version of the cocktail-concocting contraption.

“The whole goal is to be your bartender and also be your butler.”

– Paul Judge, Monsieur co-founder

Monsieur is trying to raise $100,000 on Kickstarter to build and ship its first batch of domestic, robotic bartenders. And for those looking to buy the drink dispensing machine, it comes with a hefty price tag.

The smaller, Monsieur Mini, which has containers for four mixers and liquors, is $1,499, while the eight-container machine costs $2,699.

That’s not to say you won’t get your money’s worth. The sleek-looking machine mixes personalized, specialty cocktails at the touch of the button. You can even make your selection from a smartphone, using the Monsieur app to browse from a list of cocktails, based on what mixers, juices and liquors you have stocked in your the machine.

Monsieur comes preloaded more than 300 drink recipes to choose from. Even better, the company plans to allow cocktail enthusiasts and mixologists to upload recipes to the app, which will make the recipes available for download, much like downloading songs on iTunes.

“We want to give anyone the ability to have great cocktails anywhere,” Monsieur co-founder Barry Givens told Business Insider. “We make it easy for you to discover new things to try.”  

Not only does the robot know its cocktails, it also, like any good bartender, gets to know you. It will make drink recommendations based on your previous preferences and can connect to your Wi-Fi network to recognize when you come home, because it detects when your smartphone has joined the network.

Had a long day at work? Monsieur knows and makes you a double. If you usually arrive home from work at a certain time, but one day get home later than normal, Monsieur will text you, offering to pour you a stiff drink. Monsieur can also detect when another person has joined your Wi-Fi network and offers to pour your guest a drink.

“The whole goal is to be your bartender and also be your butler,” co-founder, Paul Judge, told The Huffington Post.

The robot even knows when you’ve had a few too many. The app will estimate your blood alcohol content based on your weight, how many drinks you’ve had, and the strength of the drinks. If it detects that your smartphone has left the Wi-Fi network it will give you a notification offering you a list of taxi services and apps.

While Monsieur can do a lot, there are still some things it can’t do itself. For example, the machine has to be stocked with mixing ingredients and liquors. Also, in order for it to pour a drink, you must place an ice-filled cap in a precise location below the machine.

That said, having your own personal robot to mix drinks for you is still pretty darn cool.

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/10/02/meet-2700-robotic-bartender-that-has-drink-ready-when-get-home/

Definition of Automation by Merriam-Webster

noun

au·to·ma·tion

?o?-t?-‘m?-sh?n

1 :  the technique of making an apparatus, a process, or a system operate automatically

2 :  the state of being operated automatically

3 :  automatically controlled operation of an apparatus, process, or system by mechanical or electronic devices that take the place of human labor

noun

au·to·ma·tion

?o?-t?-‘m?-sh?n

1 :  the method of making a machine, a process, or a system work without being directly controlled by a person

2 :  automatic working of a machine, process, or system by mechanical or electronic devices that take the place of humans

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/automation

The Only Sport Where Everyone Can Go Pro: Robotics

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An estimated 100 million people watch the NFL Super Bowl each winter. I’m one of them. In fact, I watch with great envy. That’s because, in a country where we get what we celebrate, the impact of professional sports and events like the Super Bowl is clear. It is my dream that soon, some of the glory that other sports receive will be reflected toward robotics. I want kids to be as excited about science and technology as they are about running, jumping and kicking a ball. So I’m working on a movement to make robotics an official school sport, with opportunities for students to compete in competitions that rival Friday night football games in the way they are celebrated by the school and the community.

I want students from every school in the United States to experience the excitement of solving real-world science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) problems within the intensity of robotic sporting competitions, and to be recognized as heroes for their accomplishments – with pep rallies, trophy cases and varsity letters. This is a sure way to engage more students in STEM learning, creative problem solving and hands-on engineering experience that will propel them toward pathways to prosperity. The result will help close a gap wider than a football field in the need for STEM professionals compared to the amount of young people prepared to excel in those fields.

STEM occupations are growing 1.7 times faster than non-STEM careers in the United States, according to the Office of Science and Technology Policy, yet not enough students are engaging in STEM. Some experts say this is an education problem, but I disagree. I think it’s a culture problem. We honor entertainment figures and professional athletes as roles models and heroes.

For example, Super Bowl quarterback Peyton Manning is hailed as a football hero with a contract worth $34 million. But in reality, very few student-athletes turn pro after college and join the NFL with this sort of multi-million dollar salary. According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, of the eight million students who participate in high school athletics in the United States, less than 6 percent will compete at a collegiate level; of that group, only a fraction will realize their goals of becoming professional athletes. There’s a better chance at winning the state lottery than becoming an NFL star. But what students can surely bank on is turning an interest in science and technology, through a sport like robotics, into a life-long career that creates personal wealth and economic growth.

Baseball games are fun. Movies are entertaining. But they don’t create long-term prosperity on a national, or international, level. Innovative discoveries do. Treatments and cures for diseases do. Finding solutions to the world’s greatest problems – that’s where young minds can truly affect the future.

Celebrating science and technology the way we celebrate sports and entertainment will help accomplish this. We can do this by creating a model for robotics that is embraced and supported like other school sports.

This model can capture the hearts and passion of young innovators by challenging their minds, and help cultivate the next “Peyton Mannings” of STEM.

We know it works. Studies show that when we implement this kind of sports model, kids are inspired to pursue STEM education and careers. In this effort, several states are working with school districts, legislators, state activities associations and corporations to sanction robotics as an official school sport. These programs allow afterschool robotics teams to become an important part of the school culture. Teams are honored at school events alongside soccer and football players, with support from school executives, teachers and community leaders; and the opportunity to earn varsity sports letters for high performance. In numerous schools, trophies for robotic victories are displayed in the schools’ sports hall of fame.

Texas is the latest state to make robotics an official school sport, offering millions of students access to hands-on robotics engineering challenges. This movement is quickly rolling across several states, including Connecticut and Minnesota, and is changing the collective cultural mindset of this country.

As I always say, we get the best of what we celebrate, and our culture needs to start celebrating intelligence. When we do, we will reap the rewards – and so will future generations. Let’s encourage kids to explore the fascinating world of science, technology, engineering, and math, and to pursue new innovations that will change the world we live in. Who wouldn’t want to score that sort of touchdown?

To join the movement, check out the site here.

Dean Kamen is an inventor, entrepreneur and the founder of FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, the not-for-profit that is spearheading the nationwide movement to make robotics an official school sport. Kamen is a tireless advocate for science and technology. He’s determined to change the culture of the United States and to widen access to STEM by having a FIRST program available in every school in the country.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dean-kamen/the-only-sport-where-ever_b_9219890.html

Woman killed in industrial-size bakery mixer

A Utah woman died this week after she was pulled into an industrial-size bakery mixer at a suburban Salt Lake City grocery store in what investigators think was a fluke accident.

Carmen “Jackie” Lindhardt, 45, was using the mixer in the bakery of Ream’s Food Stores in Sandy on Wednesday morning when she got caught in the machinery, Sandy Police Sgt. Dean Carriger said.

Lindhardt was putting ingredients in the bowl-like mixer that is 2-feet deep and 2 feet in diameter, Carriger said. Investigators believe she became entangled in the mixer when some part of her clothing got caught as she was reaching over the top, he said.

A co-worker heard her screaming and ran over to turn off the machine. But Lindhardt was pronounced dead at the scene, Carriger said.

“She had already been sucked down into the machine,” Carriger said. “Those things are designed to pull a great amount of torque to knead the various kinds of breads.”

The store was closed after the incident for a brief time.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident to determine if there were any violations.

Early indications suggest it was an accident. But Sandy Police are interviewing store workers who witnessed what happened and awaiting autopsy results before closing the investigation, Carriger said.

The incident happened in a bakery area out of the view of shoppers, Carriger said.

Lindhardt lived in the nearby suburb of Murray.

“I have seen some pretty horrific industrial-type accidents over the years, but none dealing with a bakery,” Carriger said.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/05/woman-killed-in-industrial-size-bakery-mixer.html

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