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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 Industry Advisory Board within the Future Directions Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative. 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.

It sticks!

Sometime ago I posted a news about researchers at UMass Amherst studying how a gecko can walk upside down on ceilings and easily walk on smooth vertical walls. They managed to create a material that, mimicking the gecko "paws" can stick on smooth surfaces.  Unfortunately, that material wouldn’t work on …

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Neuromorphic computer roadmap

The debate has been going on for a long long time: in order to create an intelligent computer, where "intelligent" means able to process information and react as a human brain, can we relay on specific software that "simulates" the brain processing or we need a physical underpinning that works …

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A XXI century approach to “rain dance”

Native American Indians have developed across centuries a rain dance (look at the clip for a bit of culture and fun) that was supposedly effective in bringing rain to an area. I can understand if you are a bit skeptical about its effectiveness … Anyhow, the need for rain is …

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Truck to Truck Communications

At the EIT ICT Labs one of our partners, CRF, has been working for quite a while in the area of car to car communications as a way to improve safety on the road.  It is therefore an area that piques my interest. I just read of a successful experimentation …

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Best sieve ever

There are many sort of sieves, from the ones I uses daily to get rid of the water after the "spaghetti" have cooked to the ones used to separate trouts in fish farms. The concept behind a sieve is quite clear. You have a surface that is impermeable and you …

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I’ve found my 3D printer

3D printing is really coming to our homes. I reported just two months ago of an affordable 3D printer I saw at the CEBIT Expo in Hannover, and that one was over 1,000€. Now, on Kickstarter there is the M3D – Micro-, the first 3D printer designed for every home, at a …

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Teaching “etiquette” to robots

The trend is towards a greater pervasiveness of robots and a growing awareness that indeed robots are becoming part of the landscape and we are interacting with them. Today there are already many robots around but most of the time we are not perceiving them (as when I board the …

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And this … is even more amazing!

As I wrote yesterday post  a number kept mulling in my mind: 1 million $. That is the amount of money CENTR is asking from unknown people all over the world. And the amazing thing is that they are likely to get it on the bases of trust among a community …

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This is amazing!

If you are interested in innovation, as you surely are if you follow my blog, you should spend some time on Kickstarter and browse what people are trying to do. You’ll get a glimpse on humans ingenuity and sometimes you stumble onto something that is really amazing, like this: CENTR. It …

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