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A new milestone in biology: protein folding

Proteins are playing a key role on life of all living things, from viruses to redwood, bacteria to elephants, and of course to us, humans. The interesting point is that proteins interact not because of the atoms that build them up but because of their shape, like Lego bricks: it …

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What will “knowledge” mean in 2050? – V

5. Pervasive knowledge In the 2050 scenario just described I pointed out that knowledge will no longer be perceived as overwhelming, rather as a property of the space (metaspace) we live in. In other words knowledge becomes pervasive. It is where it is needed. Think about this. We are making …

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The Quantum Advantage remains a fuzzy area

We have been hearing on Quantum Computers for several decades now. In the last one the promise of finally getting a Quantum Computer that could be used for real applications seemed within reach to the point that when John Preskill invented the wording Quantum Supremacy most lay people thought that …

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What will “knowledge” mean in 2050? – IV

4. From knowledge access to knowledge augmentation Welcome to 2050. We are all (most people at least) living in the Metaverse, that is a continuum that consists of both digital and physical entities. It is perceived as a single space because the co-presence of digital and physical is seamless. Our …

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What will “knowledge” mean in 2050? – III

3. Knowledge contextualisation Since the invention of writing the knowledge source has been decoupled from the knowledge consumer. This, actually, was a great step forward in the dissemination of knowledge since it killed in a single stroke the space and time barrier. A parchment could be sent thousands miles away …

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Creating images from text

Natural language understanding through AI is now a reality. Both spoken and written languages can be understood by AI, Google translator added a further 24 languages in Spring 2022 reaching a total of 133 languages. Among the new added languages Quechua, Guarani and Aymara, spoken by indigenous peoples in South …

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What will “knowledge” mean in 2050? – II

2. Transmission of knowledge Knowledge has to be sharable and has to be understandable. The knowledge in a brilliant brain that does not communicate with anyone else is not useful (for all practical purposes it is non-existent). Similarly, a knowledge stored in data centres that is never accessed is completely useless. …

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