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Will VR become an invisible technology?

You can tell a technology has really succeeded when it becomes invisible. You no longer notice it, and yet it has become part of your everyday experience. Successful technology do not generate any “wow”, they are just there. Think about ten years ago when the iPhone was first introduced: the …

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A chip for machine learning

ARM has announced the Cortex-A75 processor, an evolution of its Cortex CPU line.  Interestingly, in their announcement ARM is making explicit reference to machine learning applications. It is the first time, as far as I remember, that the increasing performances of a chip are emphasised targeting AI and Machine Learning. …

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205 “bits” to memorize your face!

If there is one things humans are very good is face recognition. We can recognise a face under different lightning conditions, we recognise it even if it grew a beard, if the haircut is different, even if it grew older! Other animals are also able to recognise our face, for sure …

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Are we shifting from text to voice?

Amazon Echo and Google Home have paved the way to interacting with home appliances (at least a few of them) using natural language. Apple is following with its recently announced HomePod (I found interesting the use of an array of six microphones to both improve sound detection and to create a …

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5nm transistors

Back in 1964 Moore’s saw the increasing number of transistors that could be squeezed onto a chip. At that time the number was around 100 transistors, a tremendous increase from the 4 transistors that Fairchild managed to put on a chip in 1960! Today we have chips with several billions …

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Robotic Dragonfly

We have been able to develop amazing vehicles, millions of people are flying on comfortable airplanes that are -almost- autonomously flying, robots in the sky. Yet we are still far to create a really small vehicle, as small as an insect, with comparable capabilities. The approach that some researchers have …

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From 2D to 3D food …

I had the opportunity of visiting from time to time the Tangible Media Group at Media Lab, MIT Cambridge US, and I have always been fascinated by their capability to transform the idea of computer interaction into tangible ones (I still remember a system to design a telecommunication network using …

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