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… a genius has no right to die …

Just finished to read an intriguing article by Patrick Henz on “What Surrealism can teach us about Artificial Intelligence”. Even if you are not into arts (nor AI) it is a worth reading. I have been few years ago in the Dali museum in Figueras, Spain, a few km beyond the …

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It took AI to solve protein folding

Chemistry has a lot to do with geometry, particularly when we look at the chemistry of life. We have learnt a bit about it during the pandemic: the Covid-19 virus has a protein, the spike protein, made up by 1,273 amino acid folded into a 3d structure kept in place …

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Could AI drive in this mess?

Look at the photo, apparently taken on a “normal” day in central Lagos Nigeria. The first question is “Would you be prepared to be driving there?”. If you are like me the answer is NO! Yet, as clearly shown in the photo, there are plenty of people willing to do …

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A digital resurrection

Some twenty years ago at the Future Centre of Telecom Italia in Venice we were busy developing future scenarios powered by advanced telecommunications and more generally by advanced technology. One of the scenario was about a little kid that used to play with his grandpa through a big screen hung …

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Automation impact on jobs: a 2030 forecast

McKinsey has just released an interesting article, in synch with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, discussing the outlook for automation and related job impact in Japan following the expected recovery from the pandemic. This is expected to lead to increased automation for a number of reasons (and they apply much more …

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