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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.

The magic of “Phonons”

You know a lot about Photons, quantum of light, but may be you haven’t explored the intriguing "Phonons". These are "quantum of sound" (I am using quantum in a very loose way). Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory have manage to create phonons by using laser pulses to hit gold …

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The obvious is so difficult

Look at that dog. It is wagging its tail, looks like it has seen his owner approaching it. Looking, recognising the wagging dog and deducing why it looks happy is not rocket science. And yet it is a most difficult task for a computer. What is obvious to us is usually …

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Mimicking Nature once more

Researchers at Sony have been able to manufacture a curved CMOS sensor with a bit of biomimicry that simplifies the lens system and support higher sensitivity. The eyes of animals are curved and the retina, the part acting as light sensor, follows the curvature. The mechanics of the eye is simpler than …

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Come on, it is MY watch!

As rumours get stronger on the appearance of an Apple "iWatch" we are getting used to the idea of wearing smart apparel loaded with sensors that can detect a variety of parameters about us and our life style. Here comes the news from a paper I just read, written by …

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Paradigm Changes: Network Infrastructure VI

6. Communications Paradigms The Communication Fabric will have some significant differences from the infrastructure we are used today. It will be a set of networks, most at the edges of the main pipes, that will not just be seen as transport facilities. Actually they will have processing power and storage …

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Paradigm Changes: Network Infrastructure V

5. From Infrastructure to Fabric In the coming years the number of local network, both deployed by a variety of owners (residential, shops, malls, municipalities …) will keep growing and in addition we will see a variety of objects creating networks, smart phones, computers but also cars, light poles, appliances, …

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Paradigm Changes: Network Infrastructure III

3. Network and Networking Decoupled It seemed impossible, just thirty years ago that a service can be provided without a coordination with the network and yet this is what has happened. And there is no way back. Increasing revenue by providing more services is no longer an option for Telecom …

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Paradigm Changes: Network Infrastructure II

2. Network and Services Decoupling Digitalisation and Internet killed this coupling of network and services. Today most telecommunications services we are using are not provided by the Telecom Operator – Network Owner. Think about accessing information on the web. You might be using Google or DuckDuckGo to search for information, …

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