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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 New Initiative Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative. He is a member of the IEEE in 2050 Ad Hoc Committee. 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.

Data Economy in the energy landscape – IV

In telecommunication networks from the very beginning the biz model was based on differentiating the price based on the type of service provided. In the beginning it was just voice, and pricing differential were applied to the duration of the call and distance between caller and called party, based on …

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Data Economy in the energy landscape – III

The way a washing machine uses power is quite different from, say, a television or a hair dryer. A family of four has quite a different usage "signature" from a home of single.  By analysing the consumption patterns it is possible to get amazingly accurate insight on who is using the …

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The three pound enigma

Almost 10 years ago I read a nice book, the three pound enigma, about the brain and how it "worked", that is processed data and made sense out of them giving raise to consciousness. Now that book is still worth reading today but it is completely superseded by the new knowledge acquired in these …

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1,000 times faster

Intel and Micron Technology have announced on July 28th the beginning of production of a new generation of memories that can be 1,000 times faster than today’s NAND, today’s mainstream memories. NAND were first introduced back in 1989 and the 3D XPoint is actually the first real new kind of memory put on …

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Data Economy in the energy landscape – II

Power companies managing the electrical infrastructure have been used to set up their "networks", normally called "grids", with self protection and self balancing systems and plan the overall networks, and the production, using statistical analyses. Basically the self balancing (and the architecture supporting it) provides real time adjustment whilst long …

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Data Economy in the energy landscape – I

Imagine a battery, a couple of wires and a lamp. That, in a nutshell, is a full electrical system. You have the power generation and storage (battery), the transport (the wires) and the user (the lamp). Nothing can be easier. There is a perfect balance between production and consumption. In a …

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Charging dream …does not come true, yet

The more we get hooked on wireless devices, cell phone, tablets, watches, ereaders… the more we dream of a way to have them recharged seamlessly. Eternal power, that all we demand. We have been told by scientists that there is plenty of radiation energy up in the air, it is …

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Sensing molecules with graphene

The EU graphene flagship project is moving forward under the leadership of EPFL. And from EPFL we are now getting the news of a first device exploiting graphene properties to sense single molecules. Graphene has very peculiar, and interesting properties, that promises significant advances in many areas, from new kind of semiconductors that might …

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Measuring electric field at molecular level

The electric and magnetic fields are the result of the unbalance in the number of electrons and their position in the shells in an atom (the former) and of electrons’ spin (the latter). However, what becomes apparent is the sum of contribution from all atoms and this is what is being …

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Will it ever happen?

We talk a lot about smart cities where traffic flows with no bottlenecks and jams. And cities are investing in bettering their infrastructures as well as creating a smarter citizen culture (walk or bike, don’t drive). Yet, Google and a few others, including Uber, are looking at autonomous cars, and autonomous …

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