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From Smart to Intelligent Cities

Smart is being able to make the most out of a situation, leveraging on what can be available. Intelligent means the capability to look ahead and make “conscious” decisions now, taking into account their impact on a longer term. Most animals are very smart, only a few, including (sometimes) humans …

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Probing inside the brain

Science progresses thanks to data. Yes, ideas and imagination play and important role but these are stimulated by observational data ad have to be confirmed by observational data. The problem we face in unraveling the brain is its huge complexity, the amazing connectivity among its different components making it extremely …

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Can we have a digital twin?

Digital twins, a name created by General Electric to identify the digital copy of an engine manufactured in their factories, are now a reality in a number of industries. They can be almost “identical” to the real thing, like in the case of General Electric engines and some modern keys …

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Turning your smartphone in a medical diagnosic device

The general availability of smartphones pushed researchers to leverage on them as diagnostic tools. In the past few years a number of “adds on” have been created to let smartphones morph into virus/bacteria detector, measurer of a variety of substances, like glucose and so on. Basically, researchers take advantage of …

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Social Sensing

I gave a tutorial on Smart Cities in conjunction with ISC2 in Wuxi, China, and a good portion of it focussed on leveraging the potential of citizens. A Smart Cities can rely on smart citizens more and more using technology as a bridge. Nowadays more and more people have a smartphone, …

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Wearable patch monitoring your health

An article published on Nature Communications by researchers at Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) in South Korea reports on the successful development of a patch that can be worn on the skin containing a variety of sensors. This result is leveraging on a study to create soft electronic …

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Getting rid of the lenses …

The usual advice given to new photographers is: “invest your money in good lenses, rather than on the camera, lenses make the difference in photo quality”. Well, given the innovation created at Caltech that advice might lo longer apply (in the next decade). A team of researchers have created a …

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