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Getting a little help … from AI

I don’t know about dogs or other animals but humans have an uncanny ability to recognise "things" in shapes found everywhere. Ever saw a cloud reminding you of a face, of a horse of a… whatever. Yes I am sure you have. Yet recognising shape is really tough for computers, …

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A canary in a chip

Long time ago, but it was just in the last century, miners used canaries to detect poisonous gases (carbon monoxide) in mines. Now there are much better detection systems (and no canary needs to suffer anymore…) but these are quite bulky and costly. There are several technologies that allow the …

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Marrying Memory with Storage

If you think that Memory and Storage is one and the same, think again!  Storage is for keeping our data safe for quite a long time with very little cost associated to it (which makes sense since we are talking about long period of time) in terms of power. Think …

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Transparent biosensors

In Italian there is a saying: "the eyes are the mirror of the soul". And it is not just in Italian.  “The eyes are the mirror of the soul and reflect everything that seems to be hidden; and like a mirror, they also reflect the person looking into them.” (quote …

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Excitement from Neural Laces

The recent launch of Neuralink by Elon Musk, a company whose business is connecting brains to computers, has created quite an excitement in the scientific community, not because scientists feel that they will succeed anytime soon, the problems that remain to be solved are huge, but because Elon Musk has …

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Pulling water out of dry air

Just a few days ago I posted a news on progress being made in water desalination. This is a great thing for people living in arid areas with access to sea water. It does not help those living inland, far away from a seashore. Now I stumbled onto a news …

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Looking into your own DNA

Progress in DNA sequencing has made possible to get your DNA sequence in just a few days at a cost that is now under 1,000$. Still expensive but nothing if you compare to the cost of just few years ago. And speed of sequencing and cost of sequencing will continue …

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Transforming any ambient surface into a screen

Lightform, a California based start up, is planning to release this Summer (for those living in the North hemisphere…) an amazing device that can transform any surface in an ambient into a screen. The device has to be connected to a projector. As first step it sends to the projector …

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Exploiting sensors

Just two weeks ago I gave a lecture at the Turin Polytechnic on smart cities and I spent some time discussing sensors. I made the point that in the next decade we might see sensors becoming a global platform that can be used by a variety of applications. Today, sensors are …

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