The Economist just published a special report on smart systems, which focuses on sensors penetrating all objects and their potential applications. According to the report, the proliferation of connected sensors and cameras, and of ubiquitous wireless networks, leads to a state that there is a virtual component to every physical object, like a mirror image of everything.
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The planned city in Paredes, Portugal, aims to be an environmentally sustainable city. Although it has similarities with other eco-cities, this one will have a brain, just like a living organism: a central computer that regulates everything from its water use to energy consumption.
The world’s five major intellectual property offices have launched a new website to provide information on their joint projects. The European Patent Office (EPO) the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO),
The seventh OPEN DAYS took place between 5 and 8 October 2009 in Brussels with 125 seminars, workshops, debates and exhibitions for around 7,000 participants. More than 250 event partners have joined forces, among which 213 regions and cities from 33 European countries, and more than 600 speakers were actively involved.