NEW’S OF THE WEEK SELECTED BY IMPACTSCOOL – MARCH 18TH
18 March 2019 | Written by La redazione
The most important news about future and technology selected by Impactscool team
Can a machine predict our decisions in advance? The answer is yes, according to a study conducted in Australia. In fact, some Australian neuroscientists were able to predict a person’s decisions 11 seconds before he took them. During the study, published in the Scientific Reports magazine, the researchers showed to participants two different images to choose from: the scientists were able to predict which of these the participants would have chosen in advance by monitoring the brain activity.
The energy consumption of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is increasing at an unsustainable rate and represents 3.7% of global greenhouse gas emissions. This is highlighted by the “Lean Ict – towards digital sobriety” report prepared by the French think tank “The Shift Project”. The goal of the team composed by scientists, engineers and consultants is to help large companies to manage the energy impact of their digital components. This is a necessary and urgent operation to safeguard our planet.
Exactly 30 years ago, the March 12, 1989, Tim Berners Lee presented an essay at Cern in Geneva. Who knows how many would have bet that this essay would have been the basis for one of the most important innovations in human history: the World Wide Web. During the morning of 12 March, a celebratory event was held at the Cern in Geneva to celebrate the Internet. It was talked about security and network accessibility. In fact, in the world there are still two billion people for whom the web is inaccessible.
EEGSmart, is a Chinese company focused on the development of brain-machine interface technology. According to a draft version of the Kickstarter campaign, the company would to bring to the market a drone that is controlled with the mind. The drone can be driven without the use of a remote control. Thanks to a sensors’ system that monitor brain activity and some body movements. This is not the first drone that can be driven without the use of hands, but for the first time it is a device designed for a commercial use and non-military use.
At the Humanitas Institute in Milan it was created the first implant in the world of a total knee prosthesis printed entirely in 3D. It is the knee prosthesis made with cobalt chromium alloy. It’s made with the patient’s characteristics and anatomical parameters, detected through CT and magnetic resonance. The project was carried out by a group composed by doctors and researchers of the institute, in a collaboration with the “Rejoint”, a startup from Bologna.
The International Treaty establishing the SKA Observatory (SKAO) was signed in Rome by seven countries. The Observatory is preparing to become the second intergovernmental organization in the world dedicated to astronomy. The project involves the installation of thousands of antennas, that will be distributed between South Africa and Australia and with the headquarters in the United Kingdom, which will work in unison and will constitute the largest radio telescope in the world. The goal is to collect data and information to increase our knowledge about universe.