From it to bit and back: a new generation of inventors is needed
It appears (to me) that the future of digital technology will not be so digital, after all. To see why, please follow me for a few minutes.
Digital technology was born in a time where noise was an enemy and electronics was still in the cradle. In the early 1940s, sending a message was not an easy task and the quality of the one received, often differed greatly from the original, due to the unwanted action of noise. The natural solution was to reduce the variability of…
Beware of the data culture pervasiveness
Not a day goes by that we are not reminded that we live in the information era and should embrace the digital transformation. Going digital is everyday mantra for many of us, the construction of the digital society our goal.
The functioning of the information society and the risks associated with it are the topic of The Coup We Are Not Talking About, an interesting article by Shoshana Zuboff, professor at the Harvard Business School, published in the New York Times on January 19th 2021.
The tones of the article are heartfelt and the…
Plenty of data. Everywhere. They must be worth for something.
Based on this simple assumption a whole new discipline has grown out of nowhere in the blink of an eye. The famous “big data” approach has initially filled magazines and eventually overflowed into scientific pages of respectable journals written by respectable authors. Machine learning techniques, i.e. mathematical tools based on a wise use of artificial neural networks, applied to the analysis of large amount of available data, have brought us stunningly efficient image and speech recognition tools, together with autonomously driven cars and the possibility to do efficient automatic health…
Luca Gammaitoni is Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Perugia in Italy and the director of the Noise in Physical Systems (NiPS) Laboratory.