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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.

Polymers as embedded drug dispensers

As technologies for monitoring health parameters get closer to our body, and sometimes can even get embedded in our body, also drug delivery methods are making progress in the direction of embedding the "dispenser". There are already on the market insulin pumps that people with diabetes can wear on their …

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What should I print, doctor?

Health care will change dramatically by the end of this decade and in the next decade. Cure will become very much personalised (which is what it should be, of course, but did you ever stop thinking that whatever is prescribed to you is done on the assumption that you, your …

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From chewing rocks to Formula 1 car chassis

I can’t tell how many times I saw limpets on rocks (if you don’t what they are look at the second photo, showing the mono-valve sea-shell on a rock), and yet I never dreamt they were unique in the whole animal world. According to University of Portsmouth, UK, they happen to have …

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3 points on Smart Cities

I wrote a little article pointing out three considerations related to smart cities that has just been published by IEEE and I would like to share it also here. ————- The city of the future will be self-aware, much like a second being. These cities will be able to reconfigure …

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Multimedia search making progress

Just ten years ago the only way to search was to have a text to input and hope for a matching text. Then search engines got way smarter and started to make assumption about the meaning of your search. That broadened the potential target and further filtering ordered the results …

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Learning from Nature to store information

The Rhind papyrus is probably the oldest written document that we have, it goes back over 3650 years. This is an amazing lifetime of information storage. Nothing we have today can compare to that. Our CDs are good for a few decades, mag tapes if properly preserved can last a …

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When will we stop driving?

The Open Automotive Alliance, funded by Google and aiming at fostering Self Driving Cars, SDC, had just 6 members in 2014. Now, at the beginning of 2015 the membership has crossed the 50 members thresholds. In parallel in the first three months of  2015 we have seen a variety of announcements …

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Looking at single molecules inside your brain

Joint teams of researchers at the Mc Gill University in Montreal, the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital and Polytechnique Montreal have developed a hand held probe, looking like a pen – see the image -, based on Raman spectroscopy that can detect specific molecules present in cancerous cells. This allows the surgeon …

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Simply Magical

Today’s Women’s Day, and this title seemed fit to me as a recognition to the other half of the sky, as we say in Italy. It also fits quite well with a connection I made yesterday as I was traveling to the South of France under a clear blue sky, …

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2+2? Approximately 4

Researchers at the Queen University, Belfast, have been awarded one million pounds (UK) to develop an approximate computer, a machine that when asked how much is 2+2 would say "somewhere in the range of 4". Actually, it is a bit more complex. A good portion of computer processing is dedicated to …

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