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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.

Megatrends for this decade – XV

a) Design of raw material Humankind discovered the first alloy long, long time ago. Historians place the date somewhere between 5,000 and 6,000 years ago. In the current Iran/India area our ancestors were using copper and discovered that smelting certain copper ore, like Olivenite and Tennantite resulted in a stronger …

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Digital Crutch or Digital Transformation?

Next Monday, December 7th, I will be giving the Opening Keynote at the ITU Kaleidoscope 2020 (you guessed it, it will be a fully on-line event and you can register here). The event, as shown in the banner will be focussing on Industry-driven Digital Transformation. It will address the path …

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Megatrends for this decade – XIV

  13. Instant economy of Things The great change brought by the Industrial Revolution was the production of goods for an unknown customer. Think about it. Before the industrial revolution production was handled by artisans and they worked on demand. Their wares were manufactured based on customer’s specification, be that …

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Megatrends for this decade – XIII

12. Autonomous vehicles and flying cars There are already a number of autonomous vehicles, both self-driving cars and autonomous trucks. Additionally, there are several fully autonomous drones and a few airplanes flying in the sky. However, if we compare those numbers with the numbers of vehicles/planes we can see that …

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What about BrontoBytes?

Back in 2015 (a age ago) an article by the World Economic Forum listed the measuring stick for data quantity. So they started with kB (1,000 bytes) and moved up to reach the ExaBytes – a billion of GB-, the ZettaBytes – 1,000 of EB- and then the YottaBytes – …

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Megatrends for this decade – XII

11. Insurance: from “recovery after risk” to “prevention of risk” Today we insure our home, our car … ourselves from accidents and insurers evaluate the risk such accident may happen. To do that they are using statistics and more and more try to customise the risk evaluation to be as …

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Megatrends for this decade – XI

10. Globally abundant, cheap renewable energy The use of energy has been a trademark of humankind, from the taming of the fire to the invention of ways to harvest hydropower and wind-power (mills). Yet, form most part of human history the amount of energy used has been negligible. The industrial revolution …

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Megatrends for this decade – X

9. Living in a software “cocoon” Some of us have already achieved a familiarity with AI assistants, like Alexa, GoogleHome or Apple HomePod. The obvious evolution is towards an increased smartness of these assistants and, in turns, this will be leading to a “personalisation” of the interactions. Think about it: …

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Megatrends for this decade – IX

8. The coming age of AI-Human collaboration what iThis Megatrend is already affecting our life in many ways as well as affecting business. Think about talking to Alexa or Siri: you are actually bringing AI into your everyday life.  Pick up your phone and take a picture: AI is at …

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