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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.

Wind farms in the sky

I have to say I am impressed by this news of the first flying wind farm. It is at a prototype stage but it is the very idea that is amazing me. Rather than having those gigantic wind farms built on ground why can we get a similar result by …

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Would you like a virtual museum experience?

The availability of virtual reality -VR- technologies has prompted several museums to go on-line (that is obviously possible without using VR, but VR can provide an immersive experience that is not available by just browsing the web through a screen) to offer a much wider audience the possibility of experiencing …

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Will it rain on my backyard?

In spite of jokes on weather forecast we have to acknowledge the tremendous progress that have been made over the last 20 years, thanks to a pervasive network of sensors (both on the ground and up in the sky) and the increased processing crunching capabilities, leveraging on machine learning and …

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A robot with a bee brain

At the turn of the century (2006) IBM launched a project to map the human brain as a starting point to create a “cognitive computer”. It was clear from the beginning that it was an impossible dream, yet the hope was that pursuing it would increase our knowledge of the computational structures …

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Have we reached the limit of our brains? – I

Just after yesterday’s post I was pointed to a NYT article discussing the possible limits of our brain in terms of storage and processing (that would be computer geek parlance, in lay terms: its limits in remembering and understanding) and of ways to overcome those limits. The article is titled …

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Cough, and let your phone report it

The Covid-19 epidemic has stimulated research around the world for ways to early detection of infection. Since the virus leads to a variety of symptoms that change from person to person the quest for a symptom based detection is difficult. On the other hand, even the possibility to raise a …

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