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Robotics & Artificial Intelligence

Robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) are often lumped together but they are two separate fields. Robotics is a branch of technology that deals with physical robots. Robots are programmable machines capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically (assembly line, Roomba, etc.). Artificial intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science. It involves developing computer programs to complete tasks that would otherwise require human intelligence (voice recognition, predictive recommendations, smart devices, etc.).

Read about the robotics and AI revolution and quantum computing and machine learning.

The following funds are focused on the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence. They can be used to increase your portfolio’s exposure to these innovative fields. Note that the first fund (AIEQ) does not invest in AI, but uses AI to identify companies to invest in, so while interesting, does not really provide exposure to this theme.

Note: These are not recommendations, just investment ideas for further research.

Fund Ticker Expense Holdings Inception
AI Powered Equity AIEQ 0.87% 153 10/17/17
  The fund does not invest in AI, but uses artificial intelligence to analyze and identify US stocks believed to have the highest probability of capital appreciation over the next 12 months, while exhibiting volatility similar to the overall US market.
ARK Autonomous Technology & Robotics ARKQ 0.75% 37 9/30/14
  An actively managed fund with a broad mandate to invest in companies that its managers identify as benefiting from automation and other technological advancements such as Autonomous Transportation, Robotics and Automation, 3D Printing, Energy Storage, and Space Exploration.
Defiance Quantum QTUM 0.40% 82 9/4/18
  Tracks an adjusted-equal-weighted index of companies involved in the research and development of quantum computers and machine learning technology.
First Trust NASDAQ Artificial Intelligence & Robotics ROBT 0.65% 107 2/21/18
  Tracks a modified equal-weighted index of roughly 90 all-cap, global companies involved in artificial intelligence or robotics.
Franklin Intelligent Machines IQM 0.50% 65 2/25/20
  Invests in global stocks involved with machine learning technologies in areas like robotics, driverless vehicles and algorithmic data analysis.
Global X Artificial Intelligence & Tech AIQ 0.68% 91 5/11/18
  Seeks to invest in companies that potentially stand to benefit from the further development and utilization of artificial intelligence (AI) technology in their products and services, as well as in companies that provide hardware facilitating the use of AI for the analysis of big data.
Global X Robotics & Artificial Intelligence BOTZ 0.68% 37 9/12/16
  Seeks to invest in companies that potentially stand to benefit from increased adoption and utilization of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), including those involved with industrial robotics and automation, non-industrial robots, and autonomous vehicles.
iShares Robotics and Artificial Intelligence IRBO 0.47% 112 6/26/18
  Seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of developed and emerging market companies that could benefit from the long-term growth and innovation in robotics technologies and artificial intelligence.
Robo Global Artificial Intelligence THNQ 0.68% 75 5/8/20
  Tracks a global index of companies involved in developing the technology and the infrastructure of enabling artificial intelligence.
Robo Global Robotics & Automation ROBO 0.95% 95 10/22/13
  Tracks a global index of companies involved in robotics and automation including firms providing devices or sensors for any type of robot, artificial intelligence, unmanned vehicles, 3D printers and navigation systems.
TrueShares Tech, AI and Deep Learning LRNZ 0.68% 22 2/28/20
  An actively managed, concentrated portfolio of global stocks focused on the development and utilization of artificial intelligence, machine learning, or other deep learning technologies.