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Cities have always been “smart”

Cities have always attracted people to move from the countryside into their boundaries because they have been perceived, through the centuries and millennia (the first historically recorded urban settlements with thousands of people go back to 5,000 years ago, in Mesopotamia, Indus valley and Egypt) as the place to be. …

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Smart Cities: just a fad?

Did you have a look on Google Trends and did you see the frequency of searches about “smart cities”? If not give it a try. You will see that in the last 3 years the frequency has grown significantly increasing even more in 2014.  This has happened in synch with …

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Smarter Citizens for Smarter Cities

I am in India, Mumbai, to report on the IEEE Smart City Initiatives. The Indian Government has launched the 100 Smart Cities Initiatives and is interested in getting external views. Two lectures planned, on Keynote at Intelect 2015 and a Round Table plus several meetings with Indian authorities, some of them specifically …

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Ever wish you were a fly?

Sometimes I heard people saying (may be that goes for the Italian language only): "I wish I were a fly" meaning that you could fly undetected and see/hear …whatever. Now I drop onto a news that would bring another reason for wishing to be like a fly: the possibility of …

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Using AI to look at the Sun

The extent to which ICT is being used is amazing, at least to me! I just discovered that scientists are using Artificial Intelligence techniques to predict solar flares. As you know, solar flares are intense emission of energy from the Sun in form of ionising radiation. They are the consequences …

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Solar power towards grid parity

Solar power is now widespread thanks, mostly, to governmental subsidies in various forms. These have been essential since the cost of solar power is greater than the one of the grid, the cost of electricity delivered through the grid. This cost is an average of cost from different sources, carbon, …

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Wearables get more power

Wearable devices, from simple sensors to processors, prosthetics, actuators, drug dispensers will have a significant penetration in the coming years and will become, that is my take, ubiquitous to the point that we will be wearing them without even noticing them. The weak point, so far, has been in the …

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Virtual me

Several years ago, 2009, I was involved in a group of people tasked to chart the broad evolution of Internet and identify the commitments that Europe as a whole should take to foster and leverage on them. The work was done through scenarios building and you can find a few of them in …

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Is happiness related to technology?

I guess this title may look a bit out of place in a blog dealing with technology evolution but as I was searching the web to preparing for a talk on smart cities I noticed that there is a very week correlation between being smart in a technology sense and being …

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Deep Learning gets into your car!

At CES 2015 NVIDIA (and Audi) showcased a computer , Drive PX – based on the TEGRA K1 chip, designed to be embedded in a car to provide an understanding of the environment.  NVIDIA is possibly the most advanced company in image processing chips, we find its chips in many computers to manage the …

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