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Smartification: a Megatrend impacting everything

Yesterday I had the pleasure of participating to an Industry Session at ICCE2023, organised by Kathy Grise (FDC) in conjunction with CTSoc (Consumer Technology Society). The topic for the Panel was “How Megatrends drive Innovations in Consumer Technology”. I focussed on the impact I expect from the Megatrend that I …

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Digital Transformation: not a walk in the park

I have been involved in the design of a Master, jointly offered by Universalus and University of Cassino (Italy), focussing on the Digital Transformation. Now, there are plenty of Masters on this topic and although the Digital Transformation is a “hot topic” (just imagine: it was one of the three …

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Changing genes one base at a time

Using CRISPR – Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats- to change the instructions coded in genes has become as normal to bio-engineers as the screwdriver is to mechanical engineers. The modification of the gene code has opened the door to fixing (or at least attenuating) a number of genetic diseases. …

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Adding the human touch

I have been following Digital Photography School for several years now and I should say over the last few years I have seen AI being mentioned here and there in relation to photographic tools, like Photoshop and Luminar AI. What AI did, and does, in these tools was to simplify …

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2023: automated restaurants on the rise

Thanks to robotics and artificial intelligence progress, more and more jobs can become automated, not just those inside a manufacturing company, also the ones face to face with the end customer. Fast food companies have started this shift several years ago by creating kiosks for self-ordering on their premises and …

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AI regulation risks regulating the past

A lot of work has been, and it is being, dedicated to regulate AI. It is quite difficult since on the one hand it should not stifle benefits and innovation, on the other it should protect from undesired side effects of an application of AI that is becoming more and …

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Looking back at my emails …

There are some 4 billion email users (2022) that are expected to grow to 4.6 billion in 2025. The number of email accounts is almost double, 7.9 billion (2022) and if you wonder how many mails are being sent, well: over 3.13 million every second! Hence, even if sometimes I …

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Optical Computing

When I started, over 50 years ago, there were computers (big ones) and there was a telecommunication networks. Both had in common that to work they needed to shuffle electrons. A bit later I saw the rise of experiments to use photons instead of electrons in telecommunications. Over the years …

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