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The quest for organs re-generation

An aspect of human augmentation being considered in the Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Initiative (see the first White Paper) is the possibility to re-generate organs. Our organs get older, as we get older (actually some say that we get older because our organs age…), and their performance decreases. By substituting a …

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Taking AR to surgery

Augmented reality has been applied in a variety of niches, including some areas in health care. As technology progresses, both in rendering data and making them visible on a variety of surfaces and in processing of the data, more effective uses of AR are proposed. At the University of Maryland, …

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Awareness, Intention, Sentiment technologies in SAS – II

Context Awareness A first area of awareness technologies relates to Context Awareness. Sensors embedded in the artefact, able to detect the shape of the environment, its characteristics and of its various components, are becoming more sensitive, performant and affordable. Smart materials (like sensitive skin for robots) will be playing an …

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Brainternet: a peek into the future?

Back in 2017, that’s long time ago!, a university project Brainternet, made the headlines of several news. The project was (and still is) carried out at the Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa, and by leveraging on portable (wearable) EEG harvested the signals resulting from the electrical activity of the brain …

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Cheating quantum tunneling

Chip manufacturing technology has reached the single digit nanoscale and is now facing the quantum mechanical tunneling: basically you have to  imagine that the electron is not a particle but a wave and as such it is not in a specific location but it is spread out in space (particle-wave …

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