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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.

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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How better technologies fail

Innovation is a complex beast with several facets (and components). Researchers believe in a perfect world where the best technology will prevail, and of course "best" stands for the most performant one. Only a few would go as far as to acknowledge that "cost" is also of of the parameters …

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Print your own glasses

3D printing is getting more and moro common and it is expanding from prototyping applications to commercial use, opening up, at the same time, new possibilities. This is the case of a company in the Netherlands, Luxexcel, that has found a way to print optical surfaces, like lenses. The problem with …

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Innovation means make it dirty cheap

There are many ways to innovate, and some of them do not require a sparkling objects full of new features, rather a dramatical cost in delivering very specific functionality. This is the case for the Foldoscope, the result of work of a team at Stanford University that has wondered how to improve …

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