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Sensing your brain activity

The quest for an effective brain computer interface is still on, current solutions are still far from ideal. The more we can get sensors closer to the brain activities, and the more sensors, the better. On the other hand I wouldn’t (and I am pretty sure you wouldn’t too) have …

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What will “knowledge” mean in 2050? – XVII

17. Knowledge obsolescence and upkeeping Another crucial aspect of knowledge today, and more so in the 2050, is the pace of substitution. We always had new knowledge replacing old ones but that occurred over long time spans measured in centuries. Now knowledge, in some areas, is being continuously updated with new …

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What will “knowledge” mean in 2050? – XVI

16. A novel knowledge landscape Let’s try to pull all the threads I developed so far into a tapestry, the one forming a (possible) novel knowledge landscape in 2050: knowledge will keep growing at an exponential rate. This growth will partly expand existing knowledge and partly replace it, knowledge grows fuelled …

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What will “knowledge” mean in 2050? – XV

15. Knowledge – Intelligence Providers Over the last 20 years knowledge has become a valued asset and, as might be expected, a number of companies have endeavoured, and are endeavouring, to capitalise on this value converting it into revenues.  Since its foundation, IEEE has been a facilitator of knowledge exchange among …

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Meet a new hairdresser

I attended a presentation on advanced robotics. Now, if you think I looked at space robots or micro-robots that can perform autonomous surgery inside a human body you are mistaken. What I saw where robots able to carry out very simple things, like combing hair! Before you dismiss this as …

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What will “knowledge” mean in 2050? – XIV

14. Augmenting an Organisation Intelligence If it is obvious the advantage derived from augmenting our own intelligence, knowledge, at a personal level -to become more competitive on the market (or just for self-esteem)- it is also evident the interest of a company to increase its own intelligence/knowledge and to harvest, effectively, …

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What will “knowledge” mean in 2050? – XIII

13. Augmenting “my” intelligence  Having a Cognitive Digital Twin, seamlessly connecting external intelligence (and knowledge) with the owned one (brain enabled), could be an effective way to augment our own intelligence. It is also providing a competitive advantage, like having a college education provides an advantage towards those who haven’t had …

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Necrobots

Once in a while I find some curious approach to technology innovation, whose merit is not as much in the result achieved, rather in the ingenuity of the idea. This is the case here. One of the difficult challenge in robotics is to create a grabbing mechanism that can pick …

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What will “knowledge” mean in 2050? – XII

12. Intelligence by proxy A crucial point, and a stumbling block, in this idea of intelligence augmentation (and knowledge sharing) on the human side is:  > how can a person leverage on external intelligence? that, in turns  prompts the question: > how can this external intelligence “merge” with the person …

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What will “knowledge” mean in 2050? – XI

11. Leveraging from intelligence augmentation As pointed out we are already augmenting our intelligence with a variety of tools, the smartphone and its apps being an everyday experience. Workers on the shop floor augment their intelligence using knowledge that is provided in the work ambient, by robots, by processes (before doing …

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