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From computers to DNA programming

We often refer to the DNA in our cells as the program, the code of life. Scientists are learning to exploit these characteristics of DNA and to alter them to create “new programs”, as an example to create bacteria that can dissolve an oil spill by digesting the oil decomposing …

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After a long wait, a bit more to wait …

Virtual Reality has the potential of changing several areas in the next decade, from education to entertainment, from real estate to design (and Industry 4.0 can leverage on that). Some of the required components are here, like high processing capacity and advanced software or rendering. Our brain is extremely sensitive …

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Monitoring vital sign through radio waves

Researchers at Cornell University have found a way to measure a variety of vital signs, including breathing frequency, blood pressure, heart beat by analysing the way radio waves get distorted as they flow through moving organs (which is the case with the heart, lungs and blood vessels). The method is …

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It can be done, and that is the problem…

At IEEE FDC the Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Initiative, SAS, is studying the interplay (symbioses) of machines and humans. There is a lot of technology involved but the real issues are not technological ones. Yes, there are plenty of technology hurdles but just wait a few more years (may be just …

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Planning the Future …

Future happens. Yet, in a few areas the future is built through a multi-year planning with a very precise roadmap. This is the case for smart cities having the goal of becoming smarter. A city is a complex environment, with several independent systems that are influencing one another. The orchestration …

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The Passenger Economy

An interesting report published by Intel is looking at a world where vehicles will no longer require a human driver. It is not going to happen tomorrow, but it is not too far away either. The first signs are likely to become visible in the next decade. Most likely the …

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What’s in 5G for a Smart City?

Stating that connectivity is a major enabler for a smart city is stating the obvious. As a matter of fact, all cities today, more or less smart, rely on a pervasive communications infrastructure collecting data, sending alert to citizen, supporting a variety of applications that orchestrate the city and deliver …

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A digital camera needing Industry 4.0

I just read a review of L16, the digital camera that according to its producer would have been a game changer. I have the L16 under my sight since it was announced, back in 2015. The producer, Light, claimed, and they still do, to have a game changer in the …

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