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Intelligent Reality

The first Intelligent Reality Conference is coming up on May 12-13. Image credit: FDC IEEE

Our world is becoming more and more a melange of bits and atoms. The boundaries between cyberspace and physical space are blurred to the point that we no longer perceive a difference between the two and we are living into a Digital Reality.

More than that.The pervasiveness of bits (and computation) is changing the way we perceive objects and the ambient. We are starting to expect ambient awareness, i.e. the ambient recognises and adapts to our presence. This is what is called Intelligent Reality. Of course, Intelligent Reality goes beyond the mere recognition of our presence, it is a capability to change over time both depending on the situation and creating new context.

Its implication will be far reaching.

Think about the sudden change that came upon us with the pandemic. In a matter of weeks, days, our life, our routine, changed dramatically. Many have been forced to work from home, yet our homes have not been designed, furnished, to be offices. We did our best to adapt but most of us have probably wished to have a different, more flexible ambient to cope with the new situation. In the future augmented reality, smart materials and a novel approach to space design will make possible to reinvent ambient and our relation with them as need arises.

Today, however, our ambient and the objects we are interacting with have limited flexibility and in general they do not know what is going on, nor what it would be expected out of them.
Intelligent Reality foresees a landscape of massively distributed (artificial) intelligence and. most important, it foresees that out of this distributed intelligence a pervasive intelligence emerges, an intelligence that is including our own intelligence. In this long term vision we are becoming part of this Intelligent Reality, there is no longer a separation, nor an opposition between “us” and the “outside”.

There are several technology challenges on the way, research is progressing rapidly but the way ahead is long and winding. The implications are huge, on business and society and there is a need to take a broad view and what is needed and what it means.

These are the topics that will be addressed by the first event, virtual conference, on Intelligent Reality, taking place next week on May 12 and 13. Register here.

You can view the program of the first day, May 12th here. The program of the second day, May 13th is here.

Also notice that since it is a virtual conference, registrants will have the possibility to follow it “asynchronously”, up to one month after the event.

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.