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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.

Quick as a bullet

A Kickstarter project is seeking funding to create the fastest camera flash, able to create a light flash of just 2 millionth of a second. A speed that makes it possible to freeze a bullet in the photo, see the photo taken with this system. The project is developed by Vela Labs and …

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Bionic locomotion

Walking is so easy, as long as you are able to do it. Emulating human gait, by a robot, is not easy at all, and a lot of work has and is taking place to have a robot walking as seamlessly as a human. At the same time work is …

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Storing the Sun in a tank

Among the several hurdles in making renewable energy a cost effective, reliable and diffuse reality is the storage of energy between the time it is captured and the one it is used.  This goes for tides, for wind and for solar. They are all important sources of energy that can be …

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A tough selling to your girlfriend

Producing diamonds out of cheap graphite looks like a good idea and at Purdue they managed to do just that. The have found a way to transform graphite into nano diamonds by using laser pulses to hit a graphite layer. This creates a plasma of carbon atoms that is contained on …

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Touching a ghost

Haptic interfaces have been evolving rapidly becoming more and more accurate. Their applications vary, from video gaming (I got an haptic force feedback joystick several years ago to play flight simulator….) to professional areas, like surgery training with an haptic scalpel simulating the forces one would encounters when cutting a …

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Brain to Brain interface

Last year I posted a news of a team at the University of Washington that succeeded in transmitting a signal from one brain through another via electronic transducers, one to pick up "thoughts" in a brain and converting them into a signal, the other to convert the signal received into …

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From up – down to up – left!

Ferroelectric materials are nothing really new. You probably have it in your stove under the button you press to ignite the gas. Indeed, when a pressure is applied to the ferroelectric material a current is generated (piezoelectric effect). Scientists have also been aware that ferroelectric material have a spontaneous polarisation …

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A new OS for synthetic biology

Researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically inspired Engineering have found a way to create test kits based on simple paper to detect molecules and identify pathogens quickly, at very low cost and in any place. James Collins, one of the researchers, summarises their result with these words: “What we have been …

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A new watch can watch on you!

There are quite a few "smart" watches that can measure through accelerometers and conductivity sensors your activities through the day. They can tell you about the number of steps you took, the distance you travelled, the calories used and so on. A new breed of watches are now appearing to …

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