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"L.A. is particularly well-suited for the development of Embodied and also other robotics."

The creator of the emotive robot named "Moxie" sees a new wave of machines that recognize human emotions and will change how business is done. Reporter Rachel Uranga led a wide-reaching discussion about the future of robotics, and how proximity to mechanical innovation and creative inspiration are helping the industry thrive.

Entertainment reporter Sam Blake takes a look at the very different impact the pandemic is having on Disney and Activision Blizzard.

On Thursday, we host our next Startup Pitch Showcase, focused on the biotech and health worlds. The companies we'll feature: Diadem Biotherapeutics, Tot Squad and GIBLIB. Learn about them here, and sign up to join us!

Watch: The Rise of Robotics in L.A. 

The session featured discussion of Los Angeles' role in making the next wave of emotionally intelligent robots, the ethical dilemmas of having machine companions and how social robots will change people's lives. Watch the event >>

Why Quibi Investors Are Still Bullish

Despite slow growth, lawsuits and a high-stakes launch in the teeth of a pandemic, investors at Pegasus Tech Ventures see a rosy future for the mobile streaming app. "I would say it's proof that Quibi is going to dominate this domain." Read more >>

Disney's New Hope?

COVID-19 has so far vaporized $1.4 billion of Disney's operating income, the media giant reported in its second-quarter earnings statement. But there was one bright silver lining. Read more >>

How L.A.'s Drone Industry Can Prove Itself

DroneBase founder Dan Burton writes about why the drone industry is booming during the pandemic, and how it can use the crisis to fulfill its potential. "This is a make-or-break moment for drones." Read more >>

Lockdowns Accelerate Activision Earnings; Tom Cruise Teams Up With Elon Musk

In today's updates on how the novel coronavirus is impacting the Los Angeles startup and tech communities, Activision trounced earnings expectations and Tom Cruise is reportedly taking to space to film his next movie. Read more >>

Virgin Galactic Strikes a Deal With NASA

Virgin Galactic's rocket planes have already flown to the 50-mile-high edge of space twice in California. Now, the company has a deal with NASA to develop supersonic vehicles for civil applications. Read more >>

Watch Thursday's Startup Pitch Showcase on Healthcare

Join us for our next virtual pitch showcase featuring emerging startups working on some of the thorniest problems facing the healthcare industry. Thursday, May 7th at 11:00 a.m. PST.

Angel investor Spencer Rascoff will judge the competition along with Wavemaker Three-Sixty Health General Partner Jay Goss. Read more | Register to attend >>

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