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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.

The drone landscape keeps growing

The 2019 drone market map is out and it shows a strong growth in many sectors.  It may be interesting to compare the 2018 map with the new one. We have a new category, drone-in-a-box, pointing at the growing interest for fully autonomous drones (taking off from a box and …

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Autonomous Agriculture

Our world is so much different from the past but I think that one of the thing that would strike one of our great-great grandfathers if they were to come back and walk around would be seeing the incredible magic of cultivated fields with no one tending them and the …

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A liquid flow of energy

Researchers keep looking at more efficient ways to distribute power, particularly in areas where the constraints are significant. Nature had billion of years in experimenting energy savvy solutions and through natural selection it has achieve impressive results. In most cases, particularly when we are looking at small sizes, Nature is …

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Body on a Chip

Over the last 20 years microfluidics has made possible to create micro-laboratories where molecules can interact in predefined stages, like writing and executing a program with a computer consisting of tiny reservoirs connected by pipes. This evolution led to the development of organ on a chip easing the testing of …

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Pizza is fuelling innovation

According to the 2018 Pizza Power Report the worldwide business of selling pizzas has reached 134B$, 3 billion pizzas have been eaten last year in the US, over 30 billions in the world. That’s not bad for something that started as a slice of bread with some tomatoes and cheese. …

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In a blink of an eye

There are many persons that cannot use their senses, and movement, to interact with the environment and with devices that in most cases have been designed to interact with people with normal abilities.  The use of computers, sensors and software has made possible in the last twenty years to develop …

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AI is becoming a marketing word and it’s a pity -VII

Home Intelligence If there is an area where AI hype is in full swing that is the home environment. We are bombarded by intelligent vacuum cleaners, intelligent microwave ovens,… even intelligent toobrush. True to tell, some advertisers downplay the intelligence a bit and talk about “smart”: the smart kitchen, the smart …

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