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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.

Going the other way ’round

Normally you see advanced technology being designed for niche markets and once they get a grip on the market (and usually becomes cheaper) it moves into mass market. With Google Glass it seems it may go the other way around. They have been designed having in mind the mass market (their …

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How creative a “video SMS” can be?

In just 2 years (actually less than that…) Vine has become a widespread reality capturing the eyeballs of millions around the world. To me it looks a bit like having a video SMS, although it is much more and it requires much higher skill. The idea behind Vine is that …

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Another step towards smarter computers

For many years researchers have tried to teach computers to recognise objects and then to recognise the "meaning" of an image (e.g. moving from recognising a dog and a kid to recognise that the dog scared the kid or that the kid was playing with the dog). This recognition and …

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An artificial retina is on sight

It is now several years that researchers are studying ways to restore sight to people who lost it. In a way, amazing results have been reached; retinal implants have been approved by FDA and European counterparts and a few patients have got a limited, but useful sight restored. So far retinal …

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2.5 ExaByte a day may keep the doctor away….

I noticed in some posts I wrote in the past the different ways to calculate the number of connected objects. Telecom based companies (like Ericsson, Cisco) tend to estimate in around 50 billions the number of connected objects by 2020, Information Technology (IT) based companies (like HP, SUN) tend to estimate in 1 …

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Generating electricity at atomic level

I have already posted several news on molybdenum disulphide (MoS2), a material that can be produced in layers one atom thick, like graphene, and that may be contender to graphene in several applications in the next decades. Researchers at the Columbia University have developed what is the smallest-thinnest electricity generator using a …

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More progresses in additive manufacturing

Since the very beginning of human history, manufacturing has led the way to the production of wealth (even agriculture has been leveraging on manufacturing progress). Indeed progresses have been enormous but if you look closely the paradigm has remained the same: shaping something large into something smaller with a suitable …

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Watching your cell phone sitting it on your nose

We have seen amazing improvements in smart phones’ screens, with resolution that are now beyond the eye resolution as you watch the screen from a "regular" distance (like 20cm away from your eyes). With the very best resolution screens you won’t be able to see individual pixels even if you …

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