Trump’s inconvenient truth: Rule the social sentiment, rule the world

We’ve all seen the polls. On Brexit. On Trump. We quoted them, they were on our TV screens. They were headlines in our most thorough news channels. And they were all dead wrong. Europe woke up earlier this year with a burning headache, and a cornerstone of the EU that voted to go solo again. …

Dear Tara, happy 2017

Dear Tara, While you gently snore in your magic kingdom, there is just a couple of hours left in this old year. You turned it for me into a year of tender happiness. Your first little words. Your wonderful smile. Your incredible sense of humour. Your tender warmth. I’m amazed every single day how you …

Princess Leia, the girl in the golden bikini

Strictly the only sign of aging I can detect, is that my youth heroes start falling like dominos. I cannot blink an eye, or there is one gone. The bizarre thing is, I only detect the impact these people had on my life, when they lay down their head for the last time. It’s kind …

2016: the year of hyper-times and disruption

2016 was a year of controversies, big data, big fail. A year of hope, progress, solutions. A year of crazy dreams, astonishing technology come true. A year of inventing, pushing boundaries and dreams. 2016 gave us faster access, virtual reality, better medicine, robots everywhere and a worried workforce. 2016 pushed Artificial Intelligence to uncomfortable heights, …

Star Wars Rogue One. True heroes die.

So there I was. All Coca Cola and popcorn.  A full day before the Belgians got a shot at it, I got to see Rogue One (tx Ilse Lambrechts!). Star Wars baby, but not as you used to know it.  Not the kind of Star Wars you’d dream up. Not the Walt Disney smooth Princess …

Skynet is that you? AI, robots all over 2016

The AI and robots scene is buzzing with activity. On the intellectual battlefields around Silicon Valley a war is going on for raw artificial intelligence talent, robot specialties and deep learning knowledge. Headhunters are trying to snipe the best talent. Astronomical pay-packages are offered to lure brains away from the competition. Acquisitions a go go …

IBM’s Watson scores a hit with Alex Da Kid like it’s no big deal

Watson, IBM’s flamboyant AI unit is getting the hang of it. It wins at Jeopardy, writes Real Time advertising stories, drops them in an ideal context and solves mathematical puzzles like there is no tomorrow. It helps doctors detecting and diagnosing extreme rare diseases and sequenced cancer DNA. As it got a bit bored, it …

Perfection. All your Christmas ads can go home now…

Segway inventor Dean Kamen: to invent is to give

Yesterday, on the rocky island of Tenerife, I did everything the Gods forbid on a gyroscope balanced, balance steered, and battery powered two wheeler. On a Segway X2 PT (personal transporter), I whirled through dust, over rocks, down stairs, blazed over sand and climbed steep hills. This machine can still do a lot more than …

By Manuel, thanks for all the laughs…