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Ready to swallow a digital camera?

A pill camera is no news (watch the clip, now almost 10 years old) to the point that its use in medical diagnostic has got a name: capsule endoscopy. What is new is that the NHS (medical service in the UK) now has adopted this diagnostic tool for screening people …

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You’ve got to watch this …

I stumbled onto this amazing video infographic produced by DataGrapha that in less than 5 minutes shows the progress of electronic microprocessors against the Moore’s law. Notice that the graphics cover the span from 1971 to 2019. For the years up to 2024 it is just showing the growth in …

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Biggest Digital Twin ever …

First is was the digital model of an engine (General Electric), then it was enriched with communications capability to remain in synch with the physical entity it was modelling and to keep record of all changes. The Digital Twin was born. Moving from a single engine to a whole car …

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An accelerated shift towards Digital Transformation

Because of the pandemic companies, and public administrations, have been moving production and services to the cyberspace (as much as possible) and this is taken as an indication that the digital transformation is accelerating. For sure what is accelerating is the perceived effects, by workers and consumers/citizens, that the cyberspace …

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Connect your sneakers to the Internet

I remember some 15 years ago, at the Future Centre of Telecom Italia, a pool of young researchers, many from Brasil, discussing what the future might look like and one of the idea was to have everything, but really everything, connected to the internet, creating data and those data being …

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What can you do with a billion photos?

I have plenty of photos, close to 50 thousands, stored on my computer but that is a far cry from the billions of photos Facebook “owns” (I placed the “own” in quotes because I am not sure to what extent they really own our photos but for sure it seems …

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Bits are green. Right? Wrong!

Bits seem evanescent: the last photo you took probably was converted into some 50 million bits, the zoom call you just finished, it was a quick one, just 10′,  has brought  2 billion bits to your home (the actual number depends on the number of people in the call and …

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Happy Birthday 4004!

I started to work in 1971 and after a few months I made my first acquaintance with the 4004. It was an extraordinary chip, the first microprocessor ever, firstly manufactured in March 1971, fifty years ago, packaging an unbelievable 2,300 transistors. I remember how excited all people around me were, …

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Walking again with an exoskeleton

Millions of people have lower-limb paralyses limiting their movement possibility and affecting the life of their families (in addition to limiting their possibility to find a job). The Toyota Mobility Foundation set up a 4 million $ challenge in 2017 to come up with effective devices that could overcome this …

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