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Top 10 Tech Trends for 2018 …

As a new year approaches from all around the world we hear forecast on top technologies that will leave an imprint on the coming year and 2018 is no exception. Just google for “2018 tech predictions” (or trends, forecast….) and you get plenty of “foresight”. Clearly each “foresighter” has her …

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Did you sing Auld Lang Syne?

I hope you had a wonderful celebration of the Old Times yesterday and raised a “cup o’kindness”. I also hope that all together from all paths of life we can join to continue developing a better world. I am one of those that feel we are making progress, there are …

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It speaks like me! … and you

I do not know how 2017 will be remembered in terms of technology advances. If it were for me I would associate it with the pervasive uptake of AI, Artificial Intelligence. I posted quite a number of news on “applied AI”, i.e. application of Artificial Intelligence in many fields, some …

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Taking photos one photon at a time…

Our eyes’ retina has the incredible capability of detecting one single photon (actually a single photon is sufficient to activate the rhodopsin molecule which in turns signals the activation by decreasing the activity of the cone/rod; it would be an extremely unlike situation the one where a single photon goes …

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AI giving thieves a helping hand…

Watermarking has been used to identify images for quite a long time. Visible watermarking is used to “brand” an image so that if it gets used without the owner permission, and the owners finds out, he has the possibility of complaining. The “visibility part”, that is a logo or text …

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Did Santa use Google maps?

Well, we take for granted that Santa knows the way to deliver all the presents to the million of kids around the world but we seldom stop considering the challenge he is facing. He starts from the North Pole at midnight with his sleight pulled by the reindeers. Yes they …

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Did you get your genome sequenced for Christmas?

Indeed, did you receive as Christmas present the kit for sequencing your genome? May be not, but many thousands of people did. And this is amazing! There are several companies that are offering private people the possibility of sequencing their genome (23andMe, Omegabioservice, Illumina, Cegat, OriGene, Eurofins Genomics, AncestryDNA, …) …

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And so this is Christmas…

As you can see, also Santa is feeling the heat of what used to be a happy, simple Christmas. There are many new challenges facing us and the more we work to solve them the more new ones will pop up. But today let’s go back to the basics, forget …

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An Ocean of Things

Why not take the Internet of Things to the Oceans? That’s the plan of DARPA. On January 4th, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia-US, prospective proposers will gather to discuss ideas that can lead to a floating internet of things. DARPA is looking for affordable and effective solutions that can harvest data …

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