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From Smart to Intelligent Cities – Part II

OK, so we can expect a smart city to become more and more “imbibed” with IoTs, hundreds of millions of them connected through a nervous infrastructure supported by a ubiquitous communications fabric (5G) with plenty of software that makes sense of data and orchestrate the response of the city, seen …

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A virtual voyage inside the brain

The amount of data that is becoming available on the brain, both the human one and the ones of those animals, like the mouse, that are used to study brain structures keeps growing on a daily base and has already reached staggering levels. There are now hundreds of terabytes of …

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Looking at “how” neurones connect

The number of tools at scientists disposal to look into the brain in their attempt to understand it keeps growing. Projects like “the Human Connectome” are trying to map all connections among the billions and billions of neurones and eventually they will succeed. However the mapping resulting from those projects …

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Probing inside the brain

Science progresses thanks to data. Yes, ideas and imagination play and important role but these are stimulated by observational data ad have to be confirmed by observational data. The problem we face in unraveling the brain is its huge complexity, the amazing connectivity among its different components making it extremely …

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How does a machine think?

We are so used at doing most of our daily activity that we seldom stop to reflect on what goes on in our head. Our senses feed our brain with data and it is up to the brain to make “sense” and take action (actually this is not always true, …

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Watching in the brain … what you are watching

What seemed pure science fiction just 5 years ago is now becoming a matter of perfecting technology to make it better: seeing what you are seeing by looking at your brain activity. Researchers at Purdue University have demonstrated “mind reading” decoding technology.  Three volunteers’ brains were monitored using fMRI -functional …

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Virtual Reality for flies and mice

Brains are amazing, and I mean all brains, not just the human one. As little as 5000 neurones are sufficient to a fruitfly to control its flight, a feat that requires millions of software code lines and a huge amount of power in a commercial aircraft. Scientists, researchers and engineers …

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