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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.

New technology to rejuvenate the old transistor …

The transistor is now 67 years old and the ones we have today have very little resemblance to that germanium based transistor invented in 1947 at Bell Labs. Progress have taken many routes, first changing the germanium with the silicon, then creating a process for mass production and for integration (wafer), …

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Power lines morphing into packet networks?

Telecommunications networks started their evolution towards "packetization"  back in the middle of the last century (actually multiplexing goes back to the middle of the previous century being used in telegraphy) by the adoption of the PCM, Pulse Code Modulation. However, the packet network as we know it today is associated to …

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Changing Paradigms. Industry 4.0 – V

5. Open Hardware I have been talking about the evolution of hardware and software relation, and we have been used to talk about Open (Source) Software for over fifteen years (the Open Software Initiative came to life in 1998. The advantage of Open Software is that anybody can reuse the existing software …

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The opposite thumb steps up to a new level

It is often said that the opposite thumb was one of Nature’s smart invention. It allows us to grab easily and do a variety of things. Now, an Indian entrepreneur is set to enhance the thumb capability through electronics and software. Welcome FIN, a success in pre-orders as reported by GizBot. …

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Smart patches are getting smarter

In the last two years I have posted a few news on smart patches, bandages with embedded electronics that can sense the presence of bacteria infecting a skin lesion, like the ones left by surgery. Now these patches have evolved further, can sense a wider range of conditions and can …

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Networks without network!

It is now a while that I am seeing signs of evolution/revolution at the network edges. Already at the turn of the century it was becoming clear that radio communications would be possible among devices in such a way to create real networked devices. With iOS 4.3 we started to …

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Aesthetics … computerised

The amount of data flooding our perception is overwhelming. No wonder that researchers are looking at ways to represent them in ways that can be immediately perceived. It is clear that a graphic showing the trend of a series is better understood than a series of numbers in an Excel …

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Changing Paradigms. Industry 4.0 – IV

4. Atoms and Bits I used a few times the word “softwarization”. It is a word not recognised by my spelling checker but it would ring a bell to many marketing innovators people. Indeed, software is now embedded everywhere, wherever you have a chip, of course, there is software (in …

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Changing Paradigms. Industry 4.0 – III

3. Towards Industry 4.0 Manufacturing technology has kept evolving, as in chips, both in increasing sophistication and in decreasing cost. Sophistication in products has increased as result of better manufacturing and more flexible architectures that allow the decoupling of different manufacturing processes. As an example, a smart phone today is …

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