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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 XXII

14. Sense and Know anything, anytime, anywhere This Megatrend is about the never ending explosion of knowledge. This looks like a very recent phenomena, however, if we go back in time and take a broad view we can realize that the growth of knowledge has characterized not just our history …

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Megatrends for this decade – XXI

A circular economy representation having in the central part the value adding chain (component production, final product manufacturing/assembling and service creation, on the right end side the usage part including all life extending activity and eventually the parts recycling. On the left hand side the use of waste and its …

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VR controlled robotic arm

Controlling robotic arms is something usually done via sensors and software that is pre-programmed. In several situation a direct control provided by a human operator is needed. The more sophisticated the robotic arm and the more complex the task it is involved, the trickier the control. Extended Robotics, a British …

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Megatrends for this decade – XX

f) build/customise as you use The flexibility of manufacturing and the softwarization of functionalities result in a broad range of adaptations for most products. If you want to think at something you already own, think about your laptop. You had the choice of the chip type (how many cores, the …

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Megatrends for this decade – XIX

e) Instant delivery Logistic chains are one of the marvel of today’s world. They work (most of the times) seamlessly and are so effective that you can get your delivery within a single working day (it does not work for any place and for any type of goods but I …

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Megatrends for this decade – XVIII

d) Servitization The transformation of products into services is not new. Several verticals have experimented new biz models aiming at generating continuous revenues by delivering services rather than selling a product. Digitalisation creates data, the orchestration of an ecosystem exploits them, often leading to the creation of more data. In …

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Megatrends for this decade – XVII

c) On-demand production The efficiency of the distribution chains coupled with the flexibility of production lines have made possible an amazing change in the production processes and in the relation with the market (and with the end customer). Just two decades ago when buying a car you would have been …

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Gotcha! You lost focus

I don’t know about you, but the number of conf calls has exploded at my home. Me and my wife are running parallel conf calls every day, several times a day. We have been using conf calls to meet our kids in the cyberspace (the 4 of them, spread out …

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Megatrends for this decade – XVI

b) design through Digital Twins Digital Twins have become an integral part of the manufacturing process, being used both as a tool and as a mirror of the product being manufactured. Actually, several companies are now starting to use digital twins in the design phase and in doing so they …

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