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And so this is Christmas …

Sharing my home Christmas tree with you all, with best wishes

Yes, luckily the Christmas tree is still warming up my living room. It is almost like the ones I used to have as a kid, however the technology has penetrated even this niche. There are chips controlling the lightning, tiny and amazingly cheap microprocessors that I can program with one finger to set up a variety of lightning effects. Having such a sparkling tree just 20 years ago would have been too expensive.

There is more than the Christmas tree. For my grandchildren I browsed the web and discovered  … plenty of apps. Actually, looking for Christmas apps on Google returns over 1.5 BILLION results!

Better to switch off the computer today, forget about the apps and focus on being merry with our loved ones

And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong
And so happy Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red one
Let’s stop all the fight

Buon Natale!

About Roberto Saracco

Roberto Saracco fell in love with technology and its implications long time ago. His background is in math and computer science. Until April 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node and then was head of the Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital up to September 2018. Previously, up to December 2011 he was the Director of the Telecom Italia Future Centre in Venice, looking at the interplay of technology evolution, economics and society. At the turn of the century he led a World Bank-Infodev project to stimulate entrepreneurship in Latin America. He is a senior member of IEEE where he leads the Industry Advisory Board within the Future Directions Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative. He teaches a Master course on Technology Forecasting and Market impact at the University of Trento. He has published over 100 papers in journals and magazines and 14 books.