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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.

Platforms, Present and Future X

7. Knowledge platforms I closed the last post touching on “knowledge” and pointing out that our smartphones, our digital twins, might become knowledge intermediators in our access to the knowledge on the web. This ties in nicely with the last category of platforms I would like to discuss: knowledge platforms. …

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Platforms, present and future IX

6. Device/product platforms: I stated in the first post in this series that a technical platform support processing, storage and communications. Now, let’s look at a smartphone. Doesn’t it support processing, storage and communications? Of course it does (and it does much more, like sensing). We often underestimate the power of …

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Pinch me!

I bought my Airpods just 2 weeks ago and of course now there is a new, and better, model. That’s life in this never ending tech evolution. You have probably read about them. What stimulated this post it’s not the Airpods per sé but a new sensor that has been …

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Platforms, present and future VIII

5. Healthcare platforms In yesterday’s post I discussed smart cities platforms noting the importance of privacy as in smart cities we deal with personal data. Well, increase those concerns by a few orders of magnitude and you can step in the domain of healthcare platforms. We already have several healthcare …

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Platforms, present and future VII

4. Smart Cities platforms I addressed industry platforms in the last posts noting the multitude of data that are created by industry processes and in perspective by the products as they will be used. I also pointed out the crucial role played by Digital Twins in that context (as Digital …

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Platforms, present and future VI

3. Industry platforms II A separate post to discuss a quite different sort of platform, the car platform. It has been used by the car manufacturing industry for over 50 years now as a way to decrease the cost of production. The idea is to have a common base: floor …

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Platforms, present and future V

3. Industry platforms I Industry has adopted a number of standards and platforms in the various phases of the value chain, platforms for the supply chain, for manufacturing, for delivery… In these last two decades the new paradigm of Industry 4.0 has been defined and it is now taking traction …

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A really tiny camera sensor

Omnivision has announced the availability of a tiny electronic camera and of the sensor powering it. The camera is produced from a wafer, etching creates the camera the sensor and the lens. The camera, OVM6948, is basically a 0.65mm cube and the sensor, backside illuminated, has a 40k pixel resolution …

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Platforms, present and future IV

2. Data platforms IoT convert atoms (and more) into data. The data are the raw material in the Digital Transformation and have to be harvested, stored, correlated and analysed in order to extract value. This is what Data platforms do. Most of the time the owner of the platform is …

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