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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 New Initiative Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative. He is a member of the IEEE in 2050 Ad Hoc Committee. 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.

Knowledge as a Service

Two months ago, July 2022, I started a series of posts on the evolution of knowledge with a 2050 horizon. I received quite a few comments and I kept discussing this topic in the context of the working groups on IEEE 2050. Of particular interest the discussion we had on …

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Enabling many “Big Brothers”

Quite a few years ago a journalist saw a young woman taking a picture in the Golden Bridge Park in San Francisco. He took the GPS position of the place she had been shooting and a week later he went on the Internet searching for photos taken in that place. …

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From Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0 – V

In the previous post on this series I considered a few technology areas that support the “operation” of Industry 5.0 (noting that these are already applied in Industry 4.0). Let’s now move on to take a look at technologies that are likely to “foster” the transition from Industry 4.0 to …

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From Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0 – IV

Technology is a tool, it has always been a tool. However, there have been some technologies that have shaped evolution and actually prompted evolution. The very first technologies (stone cutting -extracting and shaping-, bronze smelting, and iron/steel production) gave the name to entire epochs. More recently we have had use …

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From Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0 – III

After publishing the first post on the transition from Industry 4.0 to 5.0 I received this interesting comment: There is a Sustainability reason behind the shift from industry 4.0 to industry 5.0. We need to put again humans at the center of the equation. Industry 4.0 is an intensification on …

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3D printing slash the cost of prosthetics

The cost of a prosthetic limb may well approach and exceed 100,000$, depending on the sophistication. Additionally, customising a prosthetic limb requires several visits with a specialised doctor and follow up visits to make sure the limb fits as it should and to learn using it. Moreover, the cost of …

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From Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0 – II

Whilst Industry 4.0 is characterised (and fostered) by technology adoption (IoT, smart robotics, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, connectivity 4G/5G, Digital Twins) the shift towards Industry 5.0 is having as “attractors” human centricity sustainability reliability These are not “technologies”, although there are a number of technologies supporting them (and investment in …

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From Industry 4.0 to Industry 5.0 – I

I am participating in the definition of the program for a Master on Innovation and Digital Transformation supported by Universalus and University of Cassino. One of the distinguishing point of this Master is its goal of supporting students in the implementation of the concepts they are learning. So it is …

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Gliding on a highway

Using the repulsive force of two opposing magnetic field to move an object is nothing new. There are a few gadgets you can buy for entertaining friends in your living room showing a ball hovering -magically- in space. Industrial applications, involving heavy objects are trickier and far more expensive. I …

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Iphone reaches the sky … a game changer?

Apple recent announcement of the iPhone 14 capability to relay an emergency message using satellites is not a novelty in the sense that no-one has thought about it. Actually companies like T-Mobile and Verizon announced they were working to enable this feature. What is new is that the iPhone 14 …

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