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Getting it wrong, and knowing it

Quantum computers have been around for many years now, not in the field but on headlines of newspapers and magazines. They have been and are there because they fascinate our imagination, they are not in the field because they don’t work! Well, this is not a completely correct statement: as …

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Processing “over” the clouds

As of January 1st 2021 there were 6,542 satellites orbiting around the planet, of these 3,372 (slightly more than 50%) are active and operational. Their number is growing rapidly, to the point that by April 2021 the record shows 7,389 satellites in orbit, that’s a 20% increase in 4 months. …

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Hands-free farming

Being a farmer meant spending a good deal of your life in the open, tilling, seeding, weeding, watering and harvesting. A lot of these activities have been made easier, and more effective, over the last fifty years by using machines to the point that today a farmer is more similar …

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Digital Therapeutics

If you split the total cost of healthcare based on what is ensuring your health you’ll discover something interesting: 20% is attributable to medical cure, including visits, exams, prescriptions 20-30% relates to your lifestyle, what you eat, drink, exercise, smoke (not smoke), positive attitude,… the remaining 50%+ is related to …

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Designing chip layout with AI

The complexity of designing microchips keeps growing. We have chips today that embeds more than a billion transistors and you need to connect them with one another in very specific ways to get the kind of circuits you need. Let’s get this straight. It is now a long time that …

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It’s Wedding Day … for my daughter

Today (although I am writing this post in advance) will be a great day for the whole family. My daughter is getting married. During the planning phase, that extended for almost a year, I had the opportunity of appreciating how much weddings have changed and how much they have become …

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From gene editing to gene writing

The discovery of the DNA first and the sequencing of the human genome have created huge expectation for a future where it would be possible to radically cure/stop genetic diseases (and there are over 6,000 genetic disorders already identified). Clearly the first step is to understand what might be wrong …

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Renewable Energy is reaching a tipping point

The IRENA Renewable Power Generation Costs report 2020 has just been published (June 2021) and it shows some very interesting data: in the ten years from 2010 to 2020 renewables have moved from a nice to have from an environment impact viewpoint to a must have from an economic viewpoint. …

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Vantablack in Nature

Some two years ago I published two posts on Vantablack, a black that is “blacker” than any black you see around. It was invented, created, by researchers using carbon nanotubes able to absorb 99.965% of light, practically creating a black void with no reflection to the point that a Vantablack …

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