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Meet a new hairdresser

I attended a presentation on advanced robotics. Now, if you think I looked at space robots or micro-robots that can perform autonomous surgery inside a human body you are mistaken. What I saw where robots able to carry out very simple things, like combing hair! Before you dismiss this as …

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What will “knowledge” mean in 2050? – XIV

14. Augmenting an Organisation Intelligence If it is obvious the advantage derived from augmenting our own intelligence, knowledge, at a personal level -to become more competitive on the market (or just for self-esteem)- it is also evident the interest of a company to increase its own intelligence/knowledge and to harvest, effectively, …

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What will “knowledge” mean in 2050? – XIII

13. Augmenting “my” intelligence  Having a Cognitive Digital Twin, seamlessly connecting external intelligence (and knowledge) with the owned one (brain enabled), could be an effective way to augment our own intelligence. It is also providing a competitive advantage, like having a college education provides an advantage towards those who haven’t had …

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Necrobots

Once in a while I find some curious approach to technology innovation, whose merit is not as much in the result achieved, rather in the ingenuity of the idea. This is the case here. One of the difficult challenge in robotics is to create a grabbing mechanism that can pick …

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What will “knowledge” mean in 2050? – XII

12. Intelligence by proxy A crucial point, and a stumbling block, in this idea of intelligence augmentation (and knowledge sharing) on the human side is:  > how can a person leverage on external intelligence? that, in turns  prompts the question: > how can this external intelligence “merge” with the person …

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What will “knowledge” mean in 2050? – XI

11. Leveraging from intelligence augmentation As pointed out we are already augmenting our intelligence with a variety of tools, the smartphone and its apps being an everyday experience. Workers on the shop floor augment their intelligence using knowledge that is provided in the work ambient, by robots, by processes (before doing …

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AI gives life to photos

Lately I have posted a few news of using artificial intelligence to create an image out of a sentence, describing what you are expecting to see. Today I stumbled onto yet another (free) software, Midjourney, that can let you do that (you just need to subscribe to their beta version …

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What will “knowledge” mean in 2050? – X

10. Intelligence Augmentation How many times did you pick up your smartphone searching for a restaurant, looking direction to an address, finding the age of an actor or the date of a historical event, calculating a percentage? I bet so many times that you don’t know how many. Besides, most of …

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What will “knowledge” mean in 2050? – IX

9. Knowledge augmentation Machines expand the knowledge space Machines, read Artificial Intelligence, will be playing a crucial role in creating, managing and making knowledge usable. We are already seeing, in some areas like genomic, how AI has become indispensable not just to manage an overwhelming volume of data but also to …

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Burgernomics

The McDonald’s burger can be found in some 120 countries around the world, employing some 1.7 million people serving over 70 million customers (if you want to know the Countries that NOT have a McDonald’s click here). It is so ubiquitous that some companies and organisations are using the BigMac …

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