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From Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0 – III

After publishing the first post on the transition from Industry 4.0 to 5.0 I received this interesting comment: There is a Sustainability reason behind the shift from industry 4.0 to industry 5.0. We need to put again humans at the center of the equation. Industry 4.0 is an intensification on …

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3D printing slash the cost of prosthetics

The cost of a prosthetic limb may well approach and exceed 100,000$, depending on the sophistication. Additionally, customising a prosthetic limb requires several visits with a specialised doctor and follow up visits to make sure the limb fits as it should and to learn using it. Moreover, the cost of …

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From Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0 – II

Whilst Industry 4.0 is characterised (and fostered) by technology adoption (IoT, smart robotics, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, connectivity 4G/5G, Digital Twins) the shift towards Industry 5.0 is having as “attractors” human centricity sustainability reliability These are not “technologies”, although there are a number of technologies supporting them (and investment in …

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From Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0 – I

I am participating in the definition of the program for a Master on Innovation and Digital Transformation supported by Universalus and University of Cassino. One of the distinguishing point of this Master is its goal of supporting students in the implementation of the concepts they are learning. So it is …

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Gliding on a highway

Using the repulsive force of two opposing magnetic field to move an object is nothing new. There are a few gadgets you can buy for entertaining friends in your living room showing a ball hovering -magically- in space. Industrial applications, involving heavy objects are trickier and far more expensive. I …

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Iphone reaches the sky … a game changer?

Apple recent announcement of the iPhone 14 capability to relay an emergency message using satellites is not a novelty in the sense that no-one has thought about it. Actually companies like T-Mobile and Verizon announced they were working to enable this feature. What is new is that the iPhone 14 …

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Is it good for me?

It is now over a month that I have been using Yuka. This is an app (you can get it for free both for Android and Apple) that let you scan a bar code of a food product (the have a database of some 1.5 million products) or a cosmetic …

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Bioengineering keeps making amazing progress

CRISPR – Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats- as become an invaluable tools for bioengineers, allowing them to cut, add, replace any string of DNA (and more recently RNA) to meet specific needs. Basically what they do is to alter a DNA sequence so that it will instruct the cell …

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Can economy grow forever?

We have been living all our lives through a period of economic growth (with a few, short, recession here and there that were considered an exception and something to get rid of quickly). Hence, our perception is one of a natural economic expansion. Most economists state that an economic expansion …

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Digital Twins for Healthcare – IV

In the next few years, I see an evolution leading to the personal use of Digital Twins representing more and more aspects of a person. There are several ways this may happen and it is most likely that we will be finding ourselves with several Digital Twins each one representing …

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