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Future without Fakes

Fakes go back to the first time an “original” was considered valuable. The fight to eradicate fake never succeeded. It does not mean that fakes were not spotted, nor that those involved in their production and sale were not persecuted. It is just the the incentive to produce fakes has …

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Photonic brain for smarter cars

I was driving my car the other day and I heard a commercial for a car that would make driving safer by using Artificial Intelligence. In the commercial the voice claimed that while other brands are endeavouring to “chase the future” this particular brand was creating and even anticipating the …

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Fog is clearing up

Yesterday I spoke in a panel on fog, the shift of clouds to the edges of the network. The panel focused on the business drives and consequences. The four panelists, although came from different sectors, agreed that fog is inevitable from a business viewpoint. For some it will be a …

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The fourth Industrial Revolution

I have been asked a number of times about Industry 4.0 and I have read several definition and interpretation.  This is how I see it, in a nutshell, from the point of view of ICT. The Production sector is undergoing its 4th major revolution, that we can address as “digital …

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Have we reached the peak of demand?

Micron, the company that acquired Lexar, the maker of top of the line storage media -compact flash, SD, flash pen …- , some time ago, in 2006, has announced the termination of the Lexar brand and product: Lexar is one of the largest and most advanced companies in the solid …

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Getting rid of the lenses …

The usual advice given to new photographers is: “invest your money in good lenses, rather than on the camera, lenses make the difference in photo quality”. Well, given the innovation created at Caltech that advice might lo longer apply (in the next decade). A team of researchers have created a …

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Human in the loop

Exoskeletons have been around for quite a while, originally aimed at augmenting soldiers capability (decreasing fatigue and helping in carrying heavy loads) and then progressively used to help patient with walking deficit, paralyses and during the rehab. Current exoskeletons are good but not as much as designers would have thought: …

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Emergent beings – V

So far the relation human(s) artefacts has taken the centre stage in this series of posts on Emergent Beings, and indeed “symbioses” involves living beings. This meaning has been extended in the previous discussion to include relations between living being (with a focus on humans) and artefacts. This makes sense …

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