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Science is progressing a bit too fast …

Just few years ago researchers started to intercept brain electrical activity by placing a grid of sensors on the skull, and when they wanted to be more accurate on the brain itself, and demonstrated they could translate those electrical activities into “commands” that a robot (may be in the shape …

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Placing a bee brain in your digital camera …

Anyone into digital photography knows that sometimes the photos turn out with colours that are not, actually, the ones you saw at the time you took the picture. Although digital cameras got better in rendering colours there are still quite a few situations where they get distorted. Few aficionados know …

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Using graphene for dialysis

Graphene has been around for some years now and its properties are well understood. Most of the work is focussing on the creation of industrial processes to deliver usable sheets of graphene at an affordable cost in volumes. Graphene per sé is a one atom thick layer of carbon atoms …

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Learning from Moths

How many times have you been looking for shade to be able to read the screen of your cellphone? In spite of the great image quality of today’s screens seeing them under the full sunlight remains challenging. Part of the problem is the reflectivity of the screen surface that acts …

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Future without Fakes

Fakes go back to the first time an “original” was considered valuable. The fight to eradicate fake never succeeded. It does not mean that fakes were not spotted, nor that those involved in their production and sale were not persecuted. It is just the the incentive to produce fakes has …

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Photonic brain for smarter cars

I was driving my car the other day and I heard a commercial for a car that would make driving safer by using Artificial Intelligence. In the commercial the voice claimed that while other brands are endeavouring to “chase the future” this particular brand was creating and even anticipating the …

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Fog is clearing up

Yesterday I spoke in a panel on fog, the shift of clouds to the edges of the network. The panel focused on the business drives and consequences. The four panelists, although came from different sectors, agreed that fog is inevitable from a business viewpoint. For some it will be a …

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The fourth Industrial Revolution

I have been asked a number of times about Industry 4.0 and I have read several definition and interpretation.  This is how I see it, in a nutshell, from the point of view of ICT. The Production sector is undergoing its 4th major revolution, that we can address as “digital …

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