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Entertainment leveraging on 5G

The area of entertainment will be seeing significant changes and the one leading the pack, with a potential impact on communications requirements, is going to be augmented reality, AR. Notice that AR already, and more so in the future, is being applied in a variety of areas. We already have …

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Industry 4.0 leveraging on 5G

I have heard quite a few times, often from Operators, that the Industry 4.0 absolutely needs 5G and I saw them explaining that it needs higher speed (capacity) and lower latency.  Now I do not say that this is wrong but I do not see it as a real driver …

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Do we need 5G?

Do we really need 5G?   The short answer is NO.  The long answer is YES. It is NO because we are living pretty well without it and all the innovations that are being planned, in Industry, Health Care, Smart Cities, Entertainment, Health Care, Transportation…. you name it, are being …

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How would you like an extra hand?

I have often wished I could have an extra hand as I was doing some manual work at home, and probably that happened to you too. It was clearly an impossible wish, but technology seems to be on the way to grant us that wish, as it did with many …

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Turning your smartphone in a medical diagnosic device

The general availability of smartphones pushed researchers to leverage on them as diagnostic tools. In the past few years a number of “adds on” have been created to let smartphones morph into virus/bacteria detector, measurer of a variety of substances, like glucose and so on. Basically, researchers take advantage of …

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Social Sensing

I gave a tutorial on Smart Cities in conjunction with ISC2 in Wuxi, China, and a good portion of it focussed on leveraging the potential of citizens. A Smart Cities can rely on smart citizens more and more using technology as a bridge. Nowadays more and more people have a smartphone, …

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There’s plenty of cold up there…

The second law of thermodynamics is a wall that is stopping us from doing marvellous things, like perpetual motion ;-). One of its tenets is that heat always goes from higher temperature to lower temperature. This means that you cannot cool a body unless you place it in an ambient …

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Life 3.0

In my search for information relevant to the recently launched Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Initiative I stumbled onto a fascinating book written by Max Tegmark, Life 3.0. When discussing on life from a scientific point of view the first question coming to the fore is what is meant by life, in …

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Effective but not affordable drugs?

At the end of August the FDA has approved a therapy, Kymriah, developed by Novartis to fight lymphoblastic leukemia. The therapy is based on the genetic modification of the patient cells transforming them in killer of malignant leukemic cells. It is a way for boosting the patient immunologic system. Clinical …

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