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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.

Hydrogen Vision 2040

There are still quite a bit of discussions on the advantage of hydrogen power (when considered throughout the whole value chain, from hydrogen production to distribution and usage) as I pointed out in previous posts. For sure, the first practical use of hydrogen power on the road is going to …

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StarWars on crops rows

Carbon Robotics is a start up focussing on what I would consider as a niche (although it is actually a very large niche): weeding. They developed an autonomous robot equipped with 12 HiRes cameras and AI software to detect weeds. Once detected a laser beam strikes, zaps, the weed without …

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Changing the world, one nanometer at a time

I found the header for this post on the website of ASML, a company at the leading edge of lithography technology, the engine of the semiconductor industry. They have a wide range of lithographic systems including the most advanced Extreme UltraViolet Lithographic systems (EUVL) using wavelength of 13.5 nm. With …

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Pervasive AI target the edges

Artificial Intelligence started through massive number crunching and entangled rules (I still remember Prolog…) requiring big computers to support it. Over time the “rules” based approach shrunk a bit with number crunching taking the upper hand (as both more data and more processing power become available). This increased the use …

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What can I print you for dinner?

Using 3D printed to “produce” meat is not new. We have seen several companies cultivating animals and plants cells and then printing them into what looks like meat. Usually what you get is meat that can be used for hamburgers or, in more advanced cases, as steaks. Now scientists at …

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Virtual clothes, real money

OK, we are “living” more and more in the cyberspace, as an example the printing of photos has decreased, it has dived if compared with the number of photos taken, and we are using photos in digital format. Books are another example. For one, I forgot when it was the …

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Bringing eCommerce forward and … backward

The pandemic has accelerated the access to eCommerce and, possibly more important in terms of future evolution, it has brought more customers and more shops (owners) to the cyberspace. This is creating more competition in a market seeing a few behemoths and a growing number of small businesses. For the …

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