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Recycling vs Economics vs Culture

Most of us do not perceive garbage as a big deal. This is because there is a quite sophisticated infrastructure that makes garbage collection and treatment seamless and so effective that it disappears from our perception. We get to terms with garbage when there is a glitch in the working …

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Amazing storage

I remember the time, it was about 15 years ago, that in my department we bought 9GB of storage. That was an amazing amount of storage and people from other departments came to see the pile of mag discs able to store that “huge” amount. Yesterday I stumbled onto an ads …

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Symbiotic Machines – Technologies II – Transporting Data

We have created amazing infrastructures supporting electronic, and now digital, communications. In the area of symbiotic machines communications may mimic “human to human” communications, using sounds and vision, or it can be based on a direct electrical/optical communications connecting the data harvested by embedded sensors (in a living being) and …

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Symbiotic Machines – Technologies I

In January 2016 I posted some reflections on Symbiotic Machines as an area prompted by technology evolution and opening up new ethical and societal issues. Yesterday I posted the news on the success in restoring deambulation in a monkey with a paralysed leg as consequence of an interruption at spinal cord level …

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Wireless neural interface for restoring leg movements

Over the last 15 years several teams of researchers have worked to sense the electrical signals occurring in the brain as our "mind" directs muscles to contract or relax, others to understand the correlation between electrical signals and intentional movement, others in understanding how electrical signals activates muscles. Progresses have been …

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Designing a baby … beyond science fiction

As I was following on progress in CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspersed Palindromic Repeats), on the possibilities it opens in selecting/updating genes and its potential impact on the future of human evolution I stumbled onto an article that is actually claiming that in 20 years time more and more couples will turn to "artificial sex" for the …

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Unconscious learning

A lot of what we “know” has been learnt unconsciously. Have someone ever taught you that you can pull a rope but you cannot push it? Or that it is better not to try to go through a closed door but rather open it first? I bet no-one ever did, …

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A 9$ computer to tackle the eWaste problem…

Early 2015 a start up, NextThing, opened up a project on Kickstarter to develop a 9$ computer. They were looking for 50,000$ back up and in just 12 hours they got 100,000$. Now, in November 2016 they are ready to release it. It comes with a 1GHz microprocessor, 4GB of storage and 512MB …

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