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A new type of transistor!

A transistor is a component that is able to make an electron current flow depending on the presence or absence of a signal. Think about a faucet: you open the faucet (the signal) and water flows. You close it and water stops. Transistors are made of silicon (even though the …

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Roomba moves to the garden

Joe Jones was one of the researchers in the team that invented Roomba, actually Joe was the one providing the vision of a robot that was simple enough and affordable enough to be used in a home as vacuum cleaner. Roomba is probably one of the most successful robot ever, …

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Robots: creating or killing jobs?

The idea that robots are killing job is easy to understand. A robot comes and it can replace you by doing the same things you used to do, without stopping, without complaining and without distraction at a constant quality. You may get sick and the robot may break down but …

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Marie and Ashley are the best …

Quite often when we think of robots stealing our jobs we imagine some Asimov-like anthropomorphic robot handling some blue collar work. Actually, there is another category of robots, normally called “bots” that is already replacing white collars… and in the thousands! Conversica is a US company that specialises in bots …

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Industry 4.0 and Symbiotic Autonomous Systems

General Electric is working to make AI an integral component of its industrial processes, from design (and co-design) to production (and co-production) to operation (and co-operation). Notice the (co-) part. It is an important aspect that moves GE into industry 4.0 and it is notable that they are looking at …

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Installing photovoltaic cost keeps decreasing

A study from GreenTech Media shows a continuous decrease of photovoltaic cost that is expected to continue in the coming years. This cost is measured in US$ per W installed and takes into consideration the photovoltaic panel, the inverter, the SBOS (Structural costs like civil engineering) and EBOS (Electrical costs …

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Science is progressing a bit too fast …

Just few years ago researchers started to intercept brain electrical activity by placing a grid of sensors on the skull, and when they wanted to be more accurate on the brain itself, and demonstrated they could translate those electrical activities into “commands” that a robot (may be in the shape …

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Placing a bee brain in your digital camera …

Anyone into digital photography knows that sometimes the photos turn out with colours that are not, actually, the ones you saw at the time you took the picture. Although digital cameras got better in rendering colours there are still quite a few situations where they get distorted. Few aficionados know …

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