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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.

Using AI to “invent” new materials

At the end of 2020 I included in the Megatrends for this decade the use of artificial intelligence to design new alloys. There is a potential huge space for mixing atoms of different elements (plus using additive manufacturing we could create specific atomic structures!) and because of that we can …

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It’s way more complex than expected

When computer started to become part of our imagination, some 60-70 years ago, people called them “electronic brains” and the next step was to associate the transistor to the neurone. Physiologists told that a neurone works like a switch, upon reception of signals got excited and the “fired” stimulating other …

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Digital Twins in Industry

Just finished to attend a -very interesting- (virtual) event organised by Siemens Digital Industry Software on “Digital Twins for sustainable, resilient and reconfigurable factory”. Siemens was not the first to adopt Digital Twins (among the big guns the first was probably GE) but it is surely one of the most …

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3D printed functional pieces of art

Just two days ago I posted the news of 3D printed up-scale housing in Texas and now I stumbled onto the news of another, although quite different, use of 3D printing to build houses. In this case it is Mask Architects, a young architectural design firm based in Sardinia, Italy, …

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Tractor beams are entering science

Remember Star Trek? Among the many jaw-dropping features it had, tractor beams were one of those that fascinated me most: a system that could deploy a force on an object over distance, pushing or pulling it. That was science fiction. As with several other magics we saw in Star Trek …

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3D printed homes for the well-to-do

I discussed home 3D printing is a number of posts in the past, in the last one (that I remember) I mentioned the shift towards use of 3D home printing for up-scale homes. Whilst the 3D home printing in the past was targeting low scale homes, to replace shack and …

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Robo-waiters from Dallas to the World

Robo-waiters are not a novelty. What is new is the environment and perception change brought up by the epidemic. In some areas we are having shortage of human resources in others we are seeing restaurants’ customers feeling uneasy to have to interact with waiters risking contagion. More important, possibly, are …

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