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Disconnected vacation

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As I write this, most of you in the northern hemisphere are probably on your way back to work after a well deserved vacation. Hopefully you managed to experience those things you dreamt of, played on the beach, hiked with the family, or just relaxed at home. For Swedes, the weather has not been the best for a vacation at the beach, but anyone living in this country knows that a long, warm summer is extremely rare here. Continue reading

Want to be a cyborg? It’s time to think about becoming unique

Neil Harbisson

In my first post written for this blog as a cyborg, I mentioned Neil Harbisson – founder of the non-commercial Cyborg Foundation and the first person on Earth with a special “Eyeborg” antenna implanted in his skull.
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Why innovation still scores poorly in Europe


Every year, Eurostat publishes country figures for annual spending in R&D and innovation across the EU. For some countries (Italy, Netherlands, and Luxemburg) there is good news: innovation efforts have soared compared with the EU average. Others, on the other hand, need to worry.
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Who is real hero in storage ‘race to zero’?

Storage might be cheap, but it might not be where you need it

The “Race to Zero” is a concept with multiple interpretations. One is reducing the amount of garbage that ends up as landfill to zero. Another is the elimination of carbon dioxide emissions. And more recently we have had a vision of free storage without volume caps.
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Sports sensors stop subjective statistics


At the Intel Developers Forum today a BMX rider demonstrated new sensor technology on stage. Many sports are today dependent on subjective judgments rather than objective measures. This could soon be history as sensor technologies get endorsed and approved. Continue reading

The book that wanted to be published

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You’ve never heard of the author before, and the cover looks like it was drawn someone who flunked out of art school, but it’s the number one book on the Amazon Best Seller list, even outselling Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. And it’s completely self-published.
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With School on the Cloud, our dreams can fly

School will never be the same again

I still remember how inspired I felt after watching Sugatra Mitra’s TED speech “Build a school on the cloud”, where he presented his work and the self-organized learning solutions that are now common practice in learning institutions and forums. That speech led me to realize that we need to do more, and pushed me to participate in a parent-mentor initiative and then a mentors’ network, to help improve education delivery and induce a creative change for young talent. I don’t know how many Ministers of Education have watched the speech, but I know that more and more communities are converging on the issue of how to open up our society to more constructive learning and creativity.
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5 big trends that will drive user experience in the Networked Society

Video will continue to be a major user-experience trend

It is easy to forget that the first iPhone with 4G was introduced as late as the fall of 2012. This triggered a large-scale transition from a few TDM links per macro site to 50 and 100Mbps Ethernet links. This backhaul step was easy to predict as the devices (smartphones) were already well known, social media and apps dominated traffic, and usage was controlled with bucket-based tariffs.

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EU Digital Agenda is user-centric

Andrus Ansip

I don’t know Andrus Ansip, but he is doing an important job, and I respect him for that.
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Distributed data centers the new network end-point

Distributed data centers will soon be moving into your neighborhood

Data centers are built in large volumes to reduce cost and increase performance. In the past it was a game of maximizing the amount of computing per power equivalent in order to drive down costs. We have seen different strategies to increase performance for transaction-sensitive applications. But now we are at the beginning of a new revolution in which distributed data centers will become the new network end-point.

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