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The fading line between “fake” and “true”

Philosophers have been debating for thousands of years the concept of “truth”. You’ll probably remember Protagoras of Abdera criteria: “Of all things the measure is Man, of the things that are, that they are, and of the things that are not, that they are not” often captured by the sentence: …

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From fill her up to power her up

Last December (2020) a draft document prepared by the European Commission indicated a target of 30 million electric vehicles on the European roads in 2030. Transportation contributes for 1/4 of greenhouse gas emission and 30% of CO2 emission in Europe. The 30 million electric cars figure is considered a “must” …

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Pandemic effects on biz are here to stay

An interesting report by McKinsey on the Future of Work after Covid-19 is reporting on the various changes that occurred in the workplace because of the epidemic and the possibility that these changes will become permanent. It is an interesting report, surely worth reading. It is based on thousands of …

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How smart could/should a smart shelf be?

Over the past few years Amazon has released a number of “gadgets” to make even more seamless our buying experience, the Amazon Dash Replenishment. It started with some sort of tokens that you can associate to a specific product. Once you notice that you are running short and want to …

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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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