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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.

Conquering the single digit nm

The furthering of the Moore’s law in a struct sense (doubling the number of transistors on a chip of a given size) requires shrinking the size of each transistor and in turns the size of the etching. We have reached in 2014 the 14nm scale. Shrinking further to the single …

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Learning together is better. For robots too.

Collaborative learning is more fun and it is also more effective in many cases. But this does not just applies to humans (and several animals too). MIT researchers are making the case for robots too! Their work has been presented in July 2014 at the Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence Conference. …

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Looking for batteries in Nature

Life is all about making order out of chaos and this requires energy, or better the transformation of energy from one form to another. These transformation can only take place when the source is available and the destination is available as well… Take a leaf: the photosyntheses starts once there …

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Computational Material Science

When looking at the next decade some predict that it will be characterised by progress on the brain, others by bio-engineering, others by a pervasive computation and communications structure based on objects (IoT) whilst others are envisioning dramatic opportunities brought up by Material Science. It will be probably a bit of each …

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Lending “our stuff” to robots

We have become accustomed to the idea of embedding of prosthetics into our body and to the fact that these are going to become more and more smart (smart pills, smart chips, eventually micro-robots).  Scientists and researchers are also looking into the opposite direction: embedding bio-materials, like cells, into a …

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Do you really want to know?

We are getting more and more health conscious, as more and more science understand metabolisms we are being told not to eat (too much of) this, to eat that, some of us are getting paranoid about what they eat (not me actually). We have seen information on calories and content …

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Towards carbon based electronic circuits

At the University  of Southern California a team of researchers is preparing for a future where electronic circuits will be based on carbon nanotubes. They just published an article on Nature describing a process to create a hybrid circuit based on thin film technology and carbon nanotubes. I already reported on progress …

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No more roll-calls?

I don’t know about you, but spending quite a bit of my time in meetings I couldn’t help but noticing that every time we use (waste) some time for the roll call of participants so that everybody knows who is the other guy, his department, what is actually working on …

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Knock Knock: the future is here.

A few years ago Sergey Brin claimed that Google by 2018 will be able to answer questions like: "where did I put my keys?". Now, this is a quite complex question, it requires to understand who you are what keys are you talking about and this in turns may require …

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