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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 – XLII

Working with smart machines From what I have discussed it is obvious that in this decade work will be intertwined more and more with intelligent machines (Machines used to include both hard -robot like- and soft -applications). As pointed out in previous posts, artificial intelligence extends the applicability of automation …

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The Internet of Senses

Ericsson has published a short report (sort of commercial for 5G) on “Hot consumer trends in 2030“. Let me say, transparently, that I would place that more in the realm of imagination than in the one of science, closer to fake news than to news (even the graphics used have …

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Megatrends for this decade – XLI

Distributed knowledge shared by humans and machines Artificial intelligence is becoming more and more pervasive and able to pick up a number of activities that up to now have been carried out by us (humans). This is the “automation” part of the story and automation is no longer restricted to …

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Megatrends for this decade – XL

Artificial Intelligence driving automation Many industries have adopted automation in both production, using robots – RPA: Robot Process Automation -, and document flow (process automation). This has had a significant impact on the workforce, both in terms of downsizing (activities moved from blue collars to robots and from white collars …

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A web of voices and images

India still have a large number of illiterate people, 1 out of 4 adult are illiterate (2018 data) and most of these are women. The situation is improving year over year but 200 million women are still illiterate. Nevertheless, the combination of low price smartphones (under 100$) and low cost …

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Megatrends for this decade – XXXIX

Gig Economy – future of workforce The Gig Economy started as little (gig) works requiring very limited skills, like delivering food in the neighbourhood requiring very little resources (a bike would do) or fixing a rusty bannister … The person offering the services was doing that on his own schedule, …

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Megatrends for this decade – XXXVIII

Forces reshaping work in this decade The acceleration of the Digital Transformation resulting from the pandemic and the changing way of working cannot be used as a measuring stick for what may happen to work and workforce in this decade. In the short term it is obvious that pandemic had/has …

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Megatrends for this decade – XXXVII

Between those business that are rooted in the physical space (like retail stores, restaurants, transport, hotels…) and those that are already living in the cyberspace (just addressed in the previous post) there are plenty of other businesses (like the whole sector of manufacturing) that are rooted in the physical space …

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Megatrends for this decade – XXXVI

Companies that are working in the “cyberspace”, like software companies, are clearly in a different position from restaurants or retail stores for which the physical space is a must. This shows in the relative easiness of their shift to teleworking and most important in the lesser way they have been …

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