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It works, although we don’t know why…

Sometimes I run into a news that is very interesting at several levels. The first, of course it is the news itself. And them there is what the news stimulates in terms of thinking. This is the case for this news from MIT: researchers at the MIT have been able to achieve …

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WiFi mesh now operational in Porto

A Portuguese company, Veniam, with premises also in the Silicon Valley, is providing mesh connectivity among vehicles to provide a large WiFi coverage.  They have recently moved from the concept of Internet deployed through moving vehicles to real service by equipping 608 (at the time I am writing this post) vehicles in the …

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Stacking up

Moore’s law end is in sight (at least in its classic prediction on silicon) but still researchers are looking around for ways to improve chips performances thus postponing its demise. One of the roadblock in the increasing of performances is that density of transistors on a chip would require smaller individual …

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Memories and memory

Our understanding of the brain keeps progressing (although we are still quite far from saying that we understand it). Two years ago researchers at MIT have identified the area where memories are stored (in a mouse) and have experimentally proved that memories are stored as a network of neurones. If you activate …

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Digital Christmas

And so this is Christmas …. 22 years ago the first SMS was sent (December 3rd, 1992) with a simple message: Merry Christmas. From that lonely message we grew to 160B in 2012 and then they started to slow down. Not such a big decrease, all in all. But this …

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The Machine

Last June HP has publicly announced, and unveiled, "The Machine" a radically new computing architecture based on three fundamental components: electrons for processing, photons for communications and ions for storage. You can watch the full presentation here. It is a half an hour talk but it is worth listening to.   …

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Internet for DNA sharing

The downward spiral of DNA sequencing cost is resulting in thousands and thousands of genomes being sequenced. Several millions have been sequenced since 2004 and hundreds of millions are likely to be available in the coming decade. The problem is that the sequencing is being done by different companies and …

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Data are at the core of cities soft infrastructures

Data have been considered (along with Turing idea of computation) as input or output. They are outside of the network. Well, my idea is that once you have a loto of interconnected data they are not just becoming part of the infrastructure, they actually are the infrastructure.  In tomorrows’ cities …

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No city will ever be “Smart”

I know that I am going against the flow, and declaration of many, but I feel that we will never have a Smart City. Smart is not a destination, at least in my view. It is a long, and winding, road that has to be followed. As new needs surface (population …

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