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Shall I tip the robot?

Robots are entering the Chinese restaurant scene. Robot-waiters, robot-cooks, robot-cleaners have made their appearance in China restaurants and several signs seem to indicate that they are there to stay. In Kushan city, watch the clip, there is a robot welcoming you and taking you to your seat, another will promptly …

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Self driving vehicles: a disruption in the making VI

New vehicles will be driving in a different context, performing different tasks, hence it wouldn’t be surprising to imagine quite different sort of vehicles, more like container ships than the cars we are used to today.  The push towards the standardization of the moving platforms makes economic sense. These will …

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Engineered bacteria for a “gut” feeling

We are seeing the first signs of what the future two decades will be: the convergence of bioengineering with electronics  and the shift from curative medicine to proactive health care. Researchers at MIT have created an ingestible sensors by transforming bacteria into detectors of specific molecules that can signal their …

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Self driving vehicles: a disruption in the making II

After considering the disruption brought by the shift from horse based transportation to combustion engine based transportation let’s consider what might be in store in the coming two decades as we will shift to autonomous vehicles (mostly electrically powered). I already addressed in general terms this looming disruption in a …

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