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Macro changes ahead – I

I have been asked to provide a really (really!) short presentation, 1 to 2 minutes, to the IEEE Board providing technology evolution forecast for this decade. I started the (recorded) presentation by saying that it was impossible to provide a foresight on tech evolution by looking just at … tech …

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Protecting your Personal Digital Twin

“All personal digital twins are equal in dignity and rights to their human counterparts and any act upon the personal digital twin that contradicts the Declaration of human rights would be an act upon the human person they represent.” This is the article that MindBank AI is asking the UN …

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Roads move to the sky

Small drones have become so ubiquitous that legislators all around the world are scrambling to regulate their (invasive) presence. Apart, obviously, from airspace near airports their presence is also forbidden in several places. Some Countries are requiring a registration and rules on their flights. It is not just the small …

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New Tesla batteries: a game changer

A crucial component in electric vehicles -EV- and most likely the most important one is the battery. Actually, it is not “a battery”, rather a battery stack. A Tesla Model 3 uses batteries that are 21 mm wide and 70 tall (not surprisingly they are called 2170 type). These batteries …

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Autonomous Systems on rails

A month ago I reported on the plan to activate a fully autonomous train in Hamburg on the S-Bahn by Deutsche Bahn (it will start operation in the first week of December 2021). Now I spotted a news of testing in Japan the possibility to have the Bullet train (operating …

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Getting a little help from AI

I have always been amazed by the ability of radiologists to pinpoint a problem by looking at those black and white RX! It turns out that it takes years of experience to get the knack, seeing what we don’t see at all. Medical doctors in general rely on radiologists expertise …

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Education and Training Metaverse

These last two years have seen millions of students, and million of professionals, taking courses on the web. Remote education has become a way of life for many creating issues to both students and teachers. The basic, and most common, approach has been to create a communication link through the …

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Meet Sophia and Grace

Hong Kong based Hanson Robotics have been developing humanoid robots for several years. Thanks to progress in technology, particularly in AI, their products have now a real life semblance that opens up several areas of application. I am not talking so much about their physical shape, the facial mimic is good …

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Learning from geese

When it comes to optimise flying effort geese are smart. They fly in an arrow formation, the flock has a leading goose (it leads for a while and then another replaces it) and several others forming an arrow shaped flock (these front flying geese are also replaced at short time …

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