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Smart material for a smart chair

We are seeing significant progress in material science, with scientists and researchers becoming able to design a material based on the desired properties. Some of these properties may include sensing and adaptation, change in flexibility and shape.  Some of this goes under the name of 4D printing, the possibility to …

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Do you still remember the Waterfall Model? II

The double helix model of innovation took into account the importance of market pressure in steering innovation. That was a significant shift from the situation in the last century when technology was the main driver. It was relatively scarce and when you got a new technology that would push new …

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Do you speak “robot”?

We are becoming used to talk to our gadget, Alexa, Siri… but is that really … talking? You ask for something: “how is the weather in Paris? what is the final score of the Metz? what can I watch on television this evening?” and you get an answer. Have you ever …

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Why, Why, Why? Yet, AI does not answer

There is something in our human nature that is pressing us to ask “why”. And that stems from the assumption, belief, that there is always a reason why. Once we acquire the idea of cause-effect, normally once we get 3 years old, we will never abandon it. Young kids keep …

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Robots are learning to foresee the future

Although we may seldom realise it, whenever we are mulling over a decision we are actually imagining what would be the consequences of our action, and some time we do this visually, like seeing with our mind’s eye the movement of an object and its path leading to hitting another …

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From Smart to Intelligent Cities – Part III

Citizens are “autonomous systems” and the question, or if you want the “challenge”, is how can a city planner leverage on these autonomous systems to create an intelligent symbiotic organisms where intelligence emerges as result of its components interactions? Notice that even though citizens are (at least sometimes) showing an …

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The evolution of … Machines

The Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Initiative has completed its first WhitePaper (it will become available through the SAS website by the middle of November once the cleaning up is complete). It is an interesting document and in its concluding remarks it shows the possible, expected, evolution of machines towards awareness over …

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