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Some mind blowing numbers

That e-commerce is growing is no surprise, nor that Amazon is the biggest e-commerce player in the US yet, looking at the expected sales for the coming Prime Day (October 13/14), I cannot help but being amazed by the estimated sales: almost 10 billion $ worldwide and over 6 billion …

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Digital Twins at work II

Following on last post, an interesting presentation came from Sandvik, a company manufacturing heavy machines. The presentation focussed on the increased automation and the use of these machines in mining environment. The operating conditions are particularly demanding, often requiring the machine to operate in very narrow spaces. Something I did …

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Digital Twins at work

Over the last two days I got a deep-dive into the world of Digital Twins, courtesy of Mevea yearly seminar. You can browse the material presented from their website starting next week. You can get a mile high view of Mevea use of Digital Twin technology in the video clip …

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New entries in the emergent tech curve

It has become a sort of “tradition” to look for the new Gartner hyper cycle on Emerging Technology, and this year again we have got the new version. Just to refresh our memory, take a look at the 2019 version as well (on the side, click on the link to …

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Put a drone into your home

In its recent announcement, Sept 24th 2020, Amazon revealed a mini drone, Ring Always Home Cam, designed for surveillance of closed environment, specifically designed for our homes. As shown in the photo (left) it looks like a cube with smooth edges, that would fit nicely in any home. That cube …

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AI for dinner

Since humans understood they could plan for “food” through agriculture and livestock the surface of our planet has changed. Some species have spread to become dominant, like rice, wheat, barley … and chicken, cattle, pigs … As shown in the graph, 50% of habitable land is now dedicated to “food”, …

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Ecosystems 2.0 – XI

Ecosystems 1.0 … just happened. Most of the time they are seeded by a successful product and by interfaces (communications) third parties can leverage to add value. The seeding company over time will increase the interfaces thus stimulating more and more players to step in and participate, thus expanding the …

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Printing connections to the brain

The dream to connect a brain with a computer has roots in the past, first part of science fiction and more recently morphing into real science and technology. There are many aspects involved in this connection from sensing to understanding (brain to computer) and from coding to reaching the right …

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Ecosystems 2.0 – X

In the previous posts I discussed the growth of ecosystems, how they can form and the roles of the different players in the set up, growth and exploitation of an ecosystem. In a nutshell: the Digital Transformation mirrors atoms into bits (through sensors and communication fabric) letting companies to operate …

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Ecosystems 2.0 – IX

The shift to the cyberspace and the ever growing “leverage” on data made possible, as I discussed in the last post, by aggregators that create context and meaning is fuelling the rise of a multitude of small companies forming a digital ecosystem around data. Think about the gazillion of apps …

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