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Big Brother is bigger than you think

In 1949 Orwell described a society where people were under surveillance by telecameras placed everywhere, controlled by a Big Brother. The novel was 1984, We are in 2021 and the technology imagined by Orwell is deployed in many places around the world. We just don’t notice it: security cameras have …

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2025 Outlook: Workforce I

I have heard talking of teleworking for at least 40 years. In the 80ies I participated in a research trial to provide connectivity to homes to support remote access to the company Data Bases and enable a few jobs from remote. Over these 40 years the number of jobs that …

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Cough, and let your phone report it

The Covid-19 epidemic has stimulated research around the world for ways to early detection of infection. Since the virus leads to a variety of symptoms that change from person to person the quest for a symptom based detection is difficult. On the other hand, even the possibility to raise a …

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This robot will check your vital signs

Boston Dynamics Spot robot looks like a dog (at least like a mechanical dog) and was designed to operate in a variety of complex environment, with complex meaning uneven pavement, cluttered with “stuff” (including people). This is pretty challenging for a robot, it requires both the awareness on what is …

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Covid-19 knows no boundary

Few days ago I read an interesting article by McKinsey: “How might the Covid-19 pandemic end“, resulting from interviews to several people in industry plus a few experts in epidemics. One point that impressed me is the evaluation of the economic cost, somewhere between 16 trillion to 35 trillion $ …

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Pingdemic is on the rise

There are a number of tracing apps to signal a potential exposure to Covid-19, that is if you have been in contact with an infected person. In Italy we have Immuni. It has been downloaded by 12 + million people, 19,858 of them have become infected and notified the central …

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Post-Pandemic Scenarios – XLVII – Synthetic Biology 2

CRISPR-CasX The CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) – Cas  (CRISPR Associated Protein) system was discovered, and invented, in the last century, the first reference is found in an article in 1987. The CRISPR was discovered in bacteria: they are short DNA sequences that bacteria have inherited from viruses …

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Post-Pandemic Scenarios – XIV – TeleHealth

Tele-Health The pandemic has accelerated the adoption of tele-health in many Countries. In the US, according to Fair Health, the usage of tele-health has increased over 4,300% between March 2019 and March 2020. Medicare and Medicaid have added over 80 services in 2020 to be delivered remotely and have set …

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