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Are you a BIF photo fan? AI is here to help

If you are interested in nature photography you have probably had some (bad) experience in taking photos of birds in flight (BIF for the cognoscenti) and you know how difficult it is to focus on them. Continuous focussing, available today in many cameras surely helps but only to a certain …

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Affordable bionic hand

For quite some time the focus of researchers working on creating an artificial hand/limb has been on functionality, and rightly so. How can we create an artificial hand that can be controlled by the person’s brain via the stump? Researchers have discovered that the brain of a person with an …

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Megatrends for this decade XXIX

21) The vanishing Babel tower This Megatrend is mine and expands the list of the Megatrends I discussed in the previous posts as proposed by Peter Diamandis. It is about technology overcoming languages barrier. There are roughly 6,500 languages spoken in the world today, although most of them are very …

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… and so this is Christmas

And so it is Christmas once more, but this is a different one for many of us, still looking for a shelter from the pandemic. My thoughts are with all families that have been suffering, both directly and indirectly, with all those that are being affected by the lock-down, emotionally …

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Megatrends for this decade XXVIII

20. CRISPR and gene therapy to fight diseases CRISPR – Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats- is a series of DNA chunks discovered in bacteria in the last decade of the 1900. Researchers found out (a bit later) that these were remnant from bacteriofagi (nasty bits that eats bacteria from …

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Megatrends for this decade XXVII

19. Focus on sustainability and environment Natural resources have been out there to grab and once they were no longer needed (nor the resulting craft they resulted in) they were discarded in the least costly way. The emergence of an environmental awareness and  of a sustainable use of resources is …

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Using Graphene to detect diseases

Graphene is a single layer sheet of carbon atoms bounded one another to form a net of hexagons (see the graphic), a lattice resembling a honeycomb. Graphene was first observed as a layer bonded on metal back in 1962 but was “rediscovered” in 2004 by researchers at the Manchester University …

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Megatrends for this decade XXVI

18. Hi-Res VR in Retail VR – Virtual Reality- and AR – Augmented Reality- have been the talk of the town for quite a while. In the beginning the focus was on VR, the possibility of exploring with our senses virtual worlds in an immersive way to the point that …

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Megatrends for this decade XXV

17. Brain Computer Interfaces The connection of our brain to a computer was in a way imprinted in the name that many gave to the earlier ideas of computers: “Electronic Brains”. If they are both “brains” it makes sense to look for a connection among them: easier said than done. …

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