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Fixing the Soul

Medicine has made amazing progresses in these last fifty years in all its branches with possibly the exception of the brain. Yes, we have today the possibility of performing surgery via robotic assistance that were simply unimaginable few years ago and we have drugs that can alleviate depression and electrical …

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Got a new release of my car through the Internet!

Some fifteen years ago I co-wrote a book (The Disappearance of Telecommunications) where I envisaged a future where cars will become a service, rather than a product. I would have been able to download new software to transform my car providing it with enhanced performances for a certain period of …

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Liquid additive manufacturing

The headline is intentionally obscure to get your attention. As a matter of fact it perfectly reflects the news: additive manufacturing is the process of creating/manufacturing objects using 3D printers. They have been around for several years and from the first steps into prototyping they have now moved into manufacturing of special …

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3D circuit printing to help diabetes management

The management of diabetes is a complex matter. Basically what you need is an artificial pancreas that can flank the failing pancreas in some of its function. Progresses have been made from the invention of synthetic insulin to make for the missing one produced by the pancreas to the insulin …

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Crowdsourcing is in the air

Just finished to read an interesting article explaining how apps like FlightRadar24 and FlightAware are harvesting the data to pinpoint airplanes in the sky. I thought that such data would come from air traffic control, airports and airlines and most of them do.  However an increasing number of data is now harvested …

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Photonic switching made affordable and usable

Photonic switching is already a major player in today’s telecommunication networks. There are thousands of photonics add-drop multiplexers in today’s network to route optical data flows and you can also claim the GPONs (Gigabit Passive Optical Networks) are photonics switches of a sort (they actually split the optical flow in …

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I am, therefore I think …

Cogito, ergo sum.  I couldn’t help but remember René Descartes famous "I think, therefore I am" when I read the hypotheses formulated by researchers at Vanderbilt University about awareness and consciousness. Reading their research results made me think (no pun intended) that our thinking is nothing but an emergent property of the …

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