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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.

Cooling down electrons

To cool down electrons you can place them in a "fridge". Suppose you have a chip. TO cool down the electrons flowing in the chip transistors you can place the chip in liquid nitrogen and as the chips cools down so do the electrons flowing through it. This approach does …

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Sensing single molecules

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have been able to demonstrate a sensors that can detect single molecules, a holy grail for preventive medicine. Imagine being able to detect since cancerous cells … This has been possible by using MoS2, molybdenum disulfide, of which I posted a news just …

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TTM 2014: Future of Energy

Energy is a very broad area and the track focused mostly on electricity and its production through fossil fuels and renewable. There was no discussion on energy for transportation that by large today is tied up to fossil fuel (oil and its derivative) and just a passing reference to atomic …

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TTM 2014: Future of Humans

We are not the ultimate product of biological evolution, and, more importantly, both technological and cultural evolution are now at the point where they can reflexively affect human evolution directly. Thus, the question is what will Human 2.0 look like, and how will we get there? To look at this …

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TTM 2014: Future of Networks

As engineers in telecommunications, and more generally in networks, we are facing often requests from friends to “fix” their connections, to help in getting rid of spam, to help in dealing with new “pieces” that refuse to connect to their existing appliances. This clearly shows how much “networks” have become …

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TTM 2014: Future of Fabrication

Looking 50 years down the lane we see that more and more people will be “retired” vs the ones that will be “working”. This is a consequence of the longer life span and decreased birth rate. In Japan more than 50% of the population today is above 50 years old. …

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TTM 2014: Future of Health Care

There is a lot going on in the health care space although, unfortunately, most of it is just noise with start ups looking at selling themselves rather than creating a sellable product. Examples of absurd data and absurd computation abounds with apps measuring your exercising rate by using GPS coordinates …

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TTM 2014: Future of Processing

The evolution of processing has been driven by the continuous scaling of transistors. This is still continuing but for the first time we are seeing that the scaling does not go hand in hand with the decrease of price, actually the price is starting to increase exponentially as we try …

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