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Technology Time Machine 2016

It is not about predicting the future, it is about building it. Sure, no-one can single handed build the future but each one of us, potentially, can influence what will be coming, by strongly committing to what should be coming. Furthermore, if you really want to contribute to building the …

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Emotion Recognition … wirelessly

Researchers are trespassing more and more from the solid world of atoms into the more subtle world of "spirituality". Of course the philosophical dichotomy between matter and spirits going back at least 2,500 years is not a scientific tenet to which scientists are bound. Yet, in our everyday perception it is …

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AI impact on cities in 2030

The One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence group has come up with their very first report, and it is focussing on the impact AI can have on cities by 2030 (specifically on North American cities but most of the conclusions can apply worldwide). At the very beginning of their report …

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Using memristor to monitor neurones

One of the baffling issue in our attempts to understand the brain stems from the idea that our brain, any brain actually, is a computer. Based on that we calculate the throughput of the brain (which is highly debatable…) and then we compare it with the throughput of our computers. The …

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Touch to open …

Five years ago a new technology came up, Red Tacton. It was intended to serve as HAN, Human Area Network, leveraging on our body electrical characteristics to transmit tiny electrical signals. A special transceiver would convert a signal generated by a device touching our body into a frequency that the human skin could …

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Embodied energy

If you are like me, when thinking about the power consumption of an appliance, a device, you look at its operation consumption. How many Wh it consumes. And if you are ambient-wise you look for the ones that have the smaller energy requirement. However, there is much more to energy …

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Industry 4.0 and Soft IoT

The evolution of manufacturing has been tied from its very beginning, 6,000 years ago, to technology. First it was about shaping stones, then smithing. WIth the industrial revolution the power of a worker could be multiplied by machines powerd by steam. The second revolution, roughly 100 years ago leveraged on …

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Digital Signature

In principle we can create a digital signature of everything, be it an object, a cluster of objects, a city, a “behaviour”. This digital signature characterizes the object and can be used to identify it and to detect anomalies in the object behaviour.  A digital signature can become a Soft …

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Soft IoT

We find the Soft IoT in the data space. They are entities by themselves, sometimes raw entities, whose value derives from sensors, sometimes they are entities resulting from computation of other data or data entities. In any case, as shown before, they have an identity, area characterised by a set …

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Lighting fast WiFi

VLC stands for Visible Light Communications. Basically it allows to use light in the visible spectrum to carry digital signal. Intuitively it is like switching on and off the light and associating to each on the value 1 and to each off the value 0 (or the reverse…). If you do …

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