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Lightwave computers

Computation through photons, rather than electrons, is not new as an idea but in the past 30 years silicon has proved so effective from a manufacturing point of view and photonics applied to computation so elusive that in practice we only have few photonic chips for very specific applications and …

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Stretchable brain interfaces

Scientists are learning to create smart materials with desirable properties like conductivity, flexibility, bio-compatibility and so on. This makes possible their application in areas that were out of touch in the past. A particular challenging area is the one of symbiotic relation between a living being and an articraft. Living …

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Touching light

In the next decade I am pretty sure that we will be interacting with objects by touching them, no longer switches and knobs but just surfaces that would look like screens.  We have got used to touch a tablet screen, that is what I am doing right now as I …

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Sparkling Blockchains

Yesterday we had the annual EIT Digital Conference showcasing some of the results achieved by the Innovation Activities in 2016. Today we are starting discussing ideas for Innovation Activities to run in 2018. Among the many topics in the Digital Infrastructure area is the application of relatively new technologies like …

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What is the computational power of our brain?

Many years ago, when I was young and computer have just begun to enter the lay person imagination, the computer was called "electronic brain". The back mind was that a computer was like a brain, just made by silicon and way slower. However, as technology progressed the computational capacity of …

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95GHz for 5G. Wow!

The radio spectrum is quite broad from a few MHz up to hundreds of GHz but in practice the usable spectrum is constrained by two (main) factors: The lower the frequency used the longer the antenna needed to capture the signal (remember the antennas of the old TV we had …

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Smallest magnet ever …

IBM has been in the lead in its research labs in exploring ways to manipulate atoms (in 1989 they managed to write their name by moving single atoms of xenon) and now they have announced the capability to change the magnetic orientation of a single atom of holmium, a rare …

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Lending your brain to a robot

Working in teams in a production environment  is the normal way to maximize efficiency and share competences. Workers in a team interact with one another, sometimes verbally (or in writing) to share information, sometimes just by exchanging glances. And it works pretty well most of the time. I got a …

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Connecting the brain with fibres as thin as hair

The exploration of a living brain has made significant progress in the last ten years thanks to optogenetics, a set of technologies that makes neurones sensitive to light (through genetic manipulation by inserting a virus into the neurone) light the neurones and detect their electrical activity (see video clip for …

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