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Changing Paradigms. Industry 4.0 – IV

4. Atoms and Bits I used a few times the word “softwarization”. It is a word not recognised by my spelling checker but it would ring a bell to many marketing innovators people. Indeed, software is now embedded everywhere, wherever you have a chip, of course, there is software (in …

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Changing Paradigms. Industry 4.0 – III

3. Towards Industry 4.0 Manufacturing technology has kept evolving, as in chips, both in increasing sophistication and in decreasing cost. Sophistication in products has increased as result of better manufacturing and more flexible architectures that allow the decoupling of different manufacturing processes. As an example, a smart phone today is …

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Giving “eyes” to everything …

How tiny can a digital camera get? Well, there are some physical constraints imposed on the lens that as a matter of fact cannot let us squeeze a camera below a certain dimension. Not that they have to be big, as we have come used to appreciate by having digital cameras …

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Privacy is on a slippery slope…

I have posted some news in the past about new, low cost and portable Brain Computer Interface. Now I start to see some applications coming up leveraging the signals that are generated by the BCI. This is one of them, created by Keiko University scientists. As you can see in the …

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Data tapestry

Yesterday I was involved in a panel at the ICT Days 2014 in Trento discussing Big Data and the territory. I’d like to share some of the thoughts I socialised there. We live in a connected world and technology has increased this connectivity. More than that. At a perceptual level we tend …

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Changing Paradigms. Industry 4.0 – II

2. From Labour intensive to Robot Intensive As you recall the industrial revolution was driven by machines and capitals. In the XVIII century technology made possible to multiply the strength, resilience, and effort of workers through mechanical machines (powered by water, both streams and steam…). The increased capital required was …

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Changing Paradigms. Industry 4.0 -I

1. Do it yourself! We are starting to see the very first “hints” on another paradigm shift: from the economy of scale that led to concentration of manufacturing in a few places to the decentralisation of manufacturing to our homes. Now, wait a moment This is clearly impossible, isn’t it? …

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Got to recharge my ear!

Yes, I know. Today’s April Fools’ day but this is not a prank! I stumbled onto this news in February and I decided that it could fit well on this day. Hearing aids have been around for quite some time. Actually, they appeared well before electronics could be used to …

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Using un-used spectrum …

Spectrum, the range of frequencies (and wavelengths) of an electromagnetic field, is usually considered as scarce, however it is not scarce per sé. What is scarce is the usable spectrum and its usability depends on a variety of factors: the propagation characteristics (the shorter the wavelength, i.e. the higher the …

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These bacteria are chatty

Communications is a fundamental characteristics of life. It is found everywhere and in its primeval form it is based on molecules exchange. This is true for insects that use pheromones to communicate one another, but it is also true within our body where most communications take place through the exchange …

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