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Post-Pandemic Scenarios – III

The pervasiveness of Digital Signature The second scenario presented in the FTI’s report is focussing on Scoring and Recognition. It is interesting to notice that the very first line of this scenario states: Anonymity is dead Indeed, in spite of all the talks about privacy, the reality is that each …

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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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Checking the pulse to reach the sky

Fitbit has signed an agreement with NASA to provide 1,000 of its Fitbit Charge 4 wearables to NASA personnel, including its 150 astronauts. The wearables will be connected to the Work Daily Check-in platform were data analytics will evaluate the probability that the data provided by the wearables signify a …

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Beyond Orwell

Back in 1948 George Orwell imagined a future (1984, nice swapping of digits!) where a Big Brother would be monitoring and controlling our lives. Since those times, technology (both in sensing and communications) has made giant leaps and being monitored is “the normal” way of life, independently of all the …

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Put a drone into your home

In its recent announcement, Sept 24th 2020, Amazon revealed a mini drone, Ring Always Home Cam, designed for surveillance of closed environment, specifically designed for our homes. As shown in the photo (left) it looks like a cube with smooth edges, that would fit nicely in any home. That cube …

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Leveraging Patterns – VII

As noticed in previous posts sensors embedded in the ambient, in our homes, in appliances, in power meters and of course in wearable (I would say that our smartphone has become a wearable, we never leave home without it…) harvest data that can be used to identify patterns of the …

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Planning for the new World – II

Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution We are already in the path of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the one characterised by a merging of the physical, digital and -at least for some- biological world. Personally I tend to limit the characterisation to the merging of physical and digital leaving the merging …

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So many Big Brothers VIII

Communications With “Communications“ here I mean interactions based on telecommunications infrastructures, which of course includes internet, wifi and the likes. For most part of the last century, this type of communication was basically voice (a telephone call) and it generated a “call record” used by Telecom Operators for billing the …

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So many Big Brothers VII

Travel The travel sector was one of the first to undergo a digital transformation. The idea of going to a travel agency to get a ticket or plan a travel is long gone. However, we are now planning our travels, sometimes just reinforcing our dream to travel, by looking at …

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