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AI is a tool, although we often forget it

Few days ago I participated to an event organised by Anitec Assinform, the Italian Association of ICT Industries on the topic of “Impact of AI on jobs”. I was there representing the AI working Group I am chairing. The discussion was mostly focussing on the legal aspects, although several topics …

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Impact of AI in the healthcare landscape – II

If chatbots and personal digital twins are just starting to be considered in healthcare industry the use of artificial intelligence in drug design and in clinical trials is already a reality. This was made clear to the world during the pandemic when pharmaceutical companies turned to AI to speed up …

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The power of “I don’t understand”

GPT-3 the OpenAI software that can answer your questions in a very intelligent way, sometimes come up with nonsensical answers. It simply did not understand your question and made up an answer. In these situations you can prompt (type in) GPT-3 with a different text expressing your question in a …

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Dressing up in the Metaverse

It is actually nothing new. I remember almost 20 years ago Second Life (it was launched in June 2003) attracted people and companies that bought virtual land, built building seeking the help of digital architects and digital designer for the interior design as well as for dresses to put on …

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A persistent Metaverse

Today I have the pleasure of leading a panel within the IEEE 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Reality (ICIR 2022) on the topic of Persistent Metaverse. You still have time to register (at a very low price) here. I will be joined in the panel by Tom Coughlin, Tom Furness …

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An avatar will be assisting you …

The Lawson store chain has fitted one of its stores in Tokyo, located in Toshima Ward, with avatars that interact with customers through screens located at the cash out point and along shelves in the store. The service started on November 28th, 2022, and the first feedbacks seem positive. After …

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Tickling a bug … it takes advanced robotics

I should say I never felt the need to tickle a bug, not even sure if tickling is something that bugs experience, like/dislike. Yet a team of researchers at the Ritsumeikan University  noticed that with our big human fingers it would be impossible to “tickle” a bug and therefore took …

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