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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.

A single molecule submarine

Researchers at Rice University have created a single molecule submarine that can be propelled by hitting the molecule with a beam of light. The research is reported in a (highly technical) paper on NanoLetters. The molecule is made by 244 atoms, part of them able to rotate when hit by ultraviolet light. …

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Streetlights get smarter

Vor der Kaserne Vor dem grossen TorStand eine Laterne Und steht sie noch davor Underneath the lantern by the barrack gate Darling I remember the way you used to wait When I read this news I couldn’t help remembering those two lines.  Now they have installed a video display on a streetlamp in New …

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As smart as ants

A single ant does not look particularly smart to my eye, it moves around in what seems a random pattern, although in the end I guess it will be able to go back to its nest.  It is just that if it were a bit smarter it would go straight …

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Look at what’s going on in the brain

Last year, 2014, we saw the firing of neurones in the brain of a zebrafish. That was a spectacular sight!  You could see the dynamic firing of neurones extending over the various areas of the brain as the fish was "experiencing" or "doing" something. However, that provided a macro view of brain …

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A particle accelerator in a thimble

Particles accelerators are huge, think about the LHC at Cern in Geneva (27km) or at the new one proposed by China (details have not been disclosed, the announcement at the end of October 2015 indicated a circumference between 30 and 62 miles). There are reasons for them to be big. …

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Using Google Glass and Math during surgery

A team of cardiologists at the Institute of Cardiology in Warsaw, Poland, have reported on using Google Glass to help in a surgical procedure to remove a coronary block affecting a 49 years old male patient. Often this kind of surgery is tricky. The surgical procedure requires a catheter to be inserted …

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Selfies sophistication just moved up one notch

Neurala has just released an app, both on IOs and Android, that can provide face recognition capabilities to drones so that they can follow a specific person and keep videotaping him. Take a look at the video clip. Neurala is a Boston based robotic company having among its clients NASA and the …

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A jobless Society?

Yesterday I was part of a Panel at the Stockholm Result Day of the EIT Digital where the focus was on the Jobless Society. There were 3 distinguished panelists, plus myself and the director of the orchestra, Magnus Boman, who is also the person leading the radar activity within EIT …

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Reprogramming the Brain

Just few weeks ago I discussed ideas for a long term future where one could imagine to upload one’s brain to the Cloud, just in case. And of course once a brain is in the Cloud one can use it in cyberspace or download it on a physical brain (the …

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A liquid sponge

Liquids have nice properties, like the capability of "filling" cavities, moving around very easily. Solids, on the other hand, can be impermeable or can be porous, like sponges. Combining the properties of both seems a contradiction: a liquid will fill any cavity, hence nothing will be left "unoccupied", available to …

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