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Changing Paradigms. Industry 4.0 – II

2. From Labour intensive to Robot Intensive As you recall the industrial revolution was driven by machines and capitals. In the XVIII century technology made possible to multiply the strength, resilience, and effort of workers through mechanical machines (powered by water, both streams and steam…). The increased capital required was …

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Changing Paradigms. Industry 4.0 -I

1. Do it yourself! We are starting to see the very first “hints” on another paradigm shift: from the economy of scale that led to concentration of manufacturing in a few places to the decentralisation of manufacturing to our homes. Now, wait a moment This is clearly impossible, isn’t it? …

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Got to recharge my ear!

Yes, I know. Today’s April Fools’ day but this is not a prank! I stumbled onto this news in February and I decided that it could fit well on this day. Hearing aids have been around for quite some time. Actually, they appeared well before electronics could be used to …

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Using un-used spectrum …

Spectrum, the range of frequencies (and wavelengths) of an electromagnetic field, is usually considered as scarce, however it is not scarce per sé. What is scarce is the usable spectrum and its usability depends on a variety of factors: the propagation characteristics (the shorter the wavelength, i.e. the higher the …

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These bacteria are chatty

Communications is a fundamental characteristics of life. It is found everywhere and in its primeval form it is based on molecules exchange. This is true for insects that use pheromones to communicate one another, but it is also true within our body where most communications take place through the exchange …

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Pushing Moore’s Law further

As technology progresses you reach barriers that hampers any further progress. However, these barriers are, so far, not physical barriers, scientific principles that cannot be violated. Rather, they are the result of the approach taken and once you reach them you need to change the approach to move further. I …

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The Inner Hierarchy

In Nature we can see, if we pay attention, endless examples of hierarchies, from the ones of rivers affluents to tree branches and, of course to human societies. In math there is a way to measure the complexity of a hierarchy using the Horton-Strahler order, a metrics that takes into …

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The 20″ gap

The flow of data on the Internet is relentless and huge, and, although just a fraction of that, also the flow of data reaching our screens (cell phone, tablet, laptop,…) has grown incredibly over the last ten years.  The Internet speed has grown in synch with this increase of data, …

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