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Self-repairing robots do have a sense of self? – II

The advance in smart material technologies includes the capability of self replication. Studies in this area started in the last decade and exploited the results of Nature: using DNA strings with attached molecules of materials scientists demonstrated the possibility of replication (see the image). Of course the replication instructions to …

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Self-repairing robots do have a sense of self? – I

I have been fascinated by hydras since I was at elementary schools and I kept tracking the increasing knowledge researchers have harvested on these animals. Their outstanding capability for regenerating missing limbs was well known to our ancestors that created the mythical Hydra, a creature with seven snake like heads …

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And so this is Christmas …

Yes, luckily the Christmas tree is still warming up my living room. It is almost like the ones I used to have as a kid, however the technology has penetrated even this niche. There are chips controlling the lightning, tiny and amazingly cheap microprocessors that I can program with one …

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What if …Reality+Digital Reality becomes … Reality – IX

Interestingly digitalisation/softwarization is happening not just at product/equipment level but also at system/network level. An airplane engine (turbine) has its digital twin, creating a digital model in the cyberspace that can be used in many ways, including the provisioning of information via virtual and augmented reality to designers, maintenance crew, …

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Remote design, local fabrication

Yesterday, December 21st, 2019, opened the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. It will remain open till March 2020. An area of the expo is Eyes of the City, curated by Carlo Ratti. It showcases a variety of technology applications to highlight the growing impact of Artificial …

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It might take a lot to look younger

Whilst humanity have long pursued the dream of eternal youth with basically no success so far (although the quest is as strong as ever!) movie makers have taken a few shortcuts to make actors look younger on the screen. So far the application of cosmetics (make up) have allowed the …

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