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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.

Battery powered airplanes: fast but heavy

Electrical land vehicles are are reality and will become more and more common by the end of this decade. What about airplanes? Drones are flying objects that are battery powered, so why not aircraft? In this area we have seen significant progress leading to incredible result.  In 2018 an Airbus …

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Macro changes ahead – II

2. Energy There is plenty of energy bathing the Planet, courtesy of our Sun. There is also energy stored in the geo-thermal activity and in radioactive material, although the one coming from the Sun is by far the greatest one. Hydro, wind, tides (Sun and Moon) are related to that …

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Macro changes ahead – I

I have been asked to provide a really (really!) short presentation, 1 to 2 minutes, to the IEEE Board providing technology evolution forecast for this decade. I started the (recorded) presentation by saying that it was impossible to provide a foresight on tech evolution by looking just at … tech …

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Protecting your Personal Digital Twin

“All personal digital twins are equal in dignity and rights to their human counterparts and any act upon the personal digital twin that contradicts the Declaration of human rights would be an act upon the human person they represent.” This is the article that MindBank AI is asking the UN …

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Roads move to the sky

Small drones have become so ubiquitous that legislators all around the world are scrambling to regulate their (invasive) presence. Apart, obviously, from airspace near airports their presence is also forbidden in several places. Some Countries are requiring a registration and rules on their flights. It is not just the small …

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New Tesla batteries: a game changer

A crucial component in electric vehicles -EV- and most likely the most important one is the battery. Actually, it is not “a battery”, rather a battery stack. A Tesla Model 3 uses batteries that are 21 mm wide and 70 tall (not surprisingly they are called 2170 type). These batteries …

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Autonomous Systems on rails

A month ago I reported on the plan to activate a fully autonomous train in Hamburg on the S-Bahn by Deutsche Bahn (it will start operation in the first week of December 2021). Now I spotted a news of testing in Japan the possibility to have the Bullet train (operating …

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Getting a little help from AI

I have always been amazed by the ability of radiologists to pinpoint a problem by looking at those black and white RX! It turns out that it takes years of experience to get the knack, seeing what we don’t see at all. Medical doctors in general rely on radiologists expertise …

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Education and Training Metaverse

These last two years have seen millions of students, and million of professionals, taking courses on the web. Remote education has become a way of life for many creating issues to both students and teachers. The basic, and most common, approach has been to create a communication link through the …

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