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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.

If you can’t beat it, join it

Chess used to be a game where intelligence ruled. It ruled so much that it became a benchmark for artificial intelligence. Then on May 12, 1997, a computer (IBM’s DeepBlue) beat Kasparov, the chess world champion. From that moment many people acknowledged that computers are better than humans at playing …

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Ecosystems 2.0 – VIII

Data are created by sensors and aggregated by the company (institution) that has an interest in those data (and probably owns/deployed the sensors). Data creation, as noted, is a fall out of the Digital Transformation, companies digitise their environment and create data that are used by them and can be …

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Ecosystems 2.0 – VII

Having said that data are the communication infrastructure we (and industry) use to communicate there is the obvious issue of who can ensure the ownership and take accountability for the data. Take the example of an election. More and more it is not about listening to a candidate, rather it …

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Ecosystems 2.0 – VI

When I started using internet, some 30+ years ago, the paradigm was to use connectivity to access data. Web 2.0, and now 3.0, plus Digital Transformation turned this paradigm upside down. Now we use data to be connected. It is the triumph of asynchronous communications over synchronous comm. This does …

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Ecosystems 2.0 – V

I stated that data are a crucial part of the Digital Transformation and in the previous posts I discussed how to transform atoms into bits. For most of the last two decades, with very few exception, many companies and institutions have generated data and accrued them but the goal has …

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A “magic” ring

In the last few years more and more people have started to turn to their watch to glance at their fitness, how many calories have been burnt through the day, how many steps have been taken, even look at their heart beats through the day. People practicing sports have been …

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Ecosystems 2.0 – IV

Data are a central part of Digital Ecosystems and the Digital Transformation is the tools for shifting the focus from objects to data. As shown in the picture we have a growing number of technologies that can be used to mirror objects in data (sensors) and to identify objects so …

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Ecosystems 2.0 – III

5. Discontinuity A species does not evolve in a blink of an eye. Actually, it would not be possible! Think of a random DNA change (this is what happens in evolution) that would create a new living thing that is of a “different species” a brand new one. By definition …

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