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Post-Pandemic Scenarios – II

The first topic addressed in the Future Today Institutes’s report is Artificial Intelligence and I concur in their choice: AI is bound to be the underlying force that will shape this decade and will change the landscape in the next one: autonomous vehicles personalised  and contextualised web-spaces aka Spatial Web …

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Connect your sneakers to the Internet

I remember some 15 years ago, at the Future Centre of Telecom Italia, a pool of young researchers, many from Brasil, discussing what the future might look like and one of the idea was to have everything, but really everything, connected to the internet, creating data and those data being …

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Single molecule detection through a smartphone

Many diseases are characterised by the presence of specific molecules in body fluids. Searching for these molecules is challenging since there are billions of molecules in a sample and finding that specific one requires very sophisticated processes and equipments. Technicians in well equipped labs use chemical procedures to increase the …

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Clustering million nano-lenses to create a flat lens

The digital cameras embedded in smartphones have made incredible progresses, killing point and shoot cameras and now getting close to kill reflex cameras. The quality of the photos has improved thanks to electronics (better digital sensors and faster processing chip) and to software (computational photography). What has seen very little …

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Bits against Viruses

On newspapers and televisions in Europe a heated debate is going on: should a passport be issued to people that have been vaccinated (such a passport would facilitate access to public transportation, restaurants….)? There are reasons for issuing, and using, these passports (mostly economic ones) and there are others for …

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A web of voices and images

India still have a large number of illiterate people, 1 out of 4 adult are illiterate (2018 data) and most of these are women. The situation is improving year over year but 200 million women are still illiterate. Nevertheless, the combination of low price smartphones (under 100$) and low cost …

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Megatrends for this decade XXIX

21) The vanishing Babel tower This Megatrend is mine and expands the list of the Megatrends I discussed in the previous posts as proposed by Peter Diamandis. It is about technology overcoming languages barrier. There are roughly 6,500 languages spoken in the world today, although most of them are very …

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Megatrends for this decade XXVIII

20. CRISPR and gene therapy to fight diseases CRISPR – Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats- is a series of DNA chunks discovered in bacteria in the last decade of the 1900. Researchers found out (a bit later) that these were remnant from bacteriofagi (nasty bits that eats bacteria from …

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