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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.

Atomic switch networks

Computer are faster, but brains are smarter. And don’t think about our brain. All brains are smarter than computers: a fly can take decision on the best fly route and avoidance with just 5,000 neurones and do that using an infinitesimal fraction of the power needed to a flight management …

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Using SMP to fix bones defect

Advanced in material science are opening up new paths in many areas. Here is the news from Melissa Grunlan at Texas A&M University that along with her team has developed a Shape Memory Polymer (SMP), also known as Shape Shifting Material that can easily be ashamed in any form when heated to …

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New tools to peer inside a working brain

I already observed in these posts that advances in science are mediated, made possible, by advances in our way to observe and measure things. Our hope to eventually come to a good understanding of the brain, and to its manifestations like emotions and thoughts, strongly depend on advances in looking at …

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Moving beyond silicon

There are many researchers going on to overcome the limits of silicon and let the Moore’s law live into the next decade (although somebody has pointed out that strictly speaking the Moore’s law is no longer valid today). Graphene as I mentioned several times in these posts or other materials like …

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Touching is believing

Yesterday I participated at the WCIT in Guadalajara and took some time visiting the Expo. I run onto the Fujitsu stand and I had the pleasure to try out a prototype tablet they had on show. I have been reporting on research on haptic interfaces for some years now, and a few …

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Future robots will dress up to the nines…

Well, probably the idea of creating cloths for robots by researchers at the University of Purdue is not for having elegantly dressed robots but still it strikes me as a novelty. Researchers have developed a soft fabric that can be used by a tailor to create dresses, but in this case robots are the …

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A new App lets you use your iPhone to … talk!

Apparently most of the time you have a cellphone in your hand has nothing to do with talking… And Talko, a US start up, claims that is because texting and browsing provide a richer experience than talking, particularly in a biz environment. And this is what they are addressing with a new …

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