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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.

Epidemics move fast, knowledge can move faster

Even before the coronavirus hits newspapers headlines scientists have been at work on the one hand to understand the virus in all its implication and looking for a vaccine and on the other hand in looking at the crystal ball to anticipate its diffusion patterns. Today the crystal ball has …

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The many faces of Digital Transformation – The Enablers X

World-wide and Vertical-specific platforms The Digital Platforms are for the Digital Transformation what the power lines, highways, railways, ships (and ports, ship-lanes) were for the industrial transformation: they provide the infrastructures supporting the value chain and each player on the value chain. However, the digital platforms have some important difference …

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A human OS for AI

Telecommunications have killed distance, I can talk to a person that is 10,000 km away, assuming she is not sleeping because of time difference πŸ˜‰ , but I cannot talk one on one to two people at the same time. I cannot duplicate myself. At least, that was the case, …

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The many faces of Digital Transformation – The Enablers VII

Evolution from (tele) communication infrastructures to communications fabric – I The evolution of telecommunications infrastructures has followed the path of lower and lower hierarchy. From the very rigid structure of networks based on electromechanical exchanges (where the network structure dictates the routing of calls) to increased flexibility with electronic exchanges …

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An amazing peek into a fruit-fly brain

The human brain is being studied by big consorzia in project funded by governments in Asia, Europe and US. The Human Connectome is working to develop a complete map of the connectivity network among our brain’s neurones, a seemingly impossible feat. Smaller initiatives are popping up in many places and …

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The many faces of Digital Transformation – The Enablers VI

Progressive automation of existing infrastructures Over the years and decades we have been leveraging on computer to monitor infrastructures, analyse operation and performance data and take corrective actions. As infrastructure components have become more and more flexible (computerised, smart, accessible, reconfigurable) we have gain the power to make more and …

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