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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.

Technology can be cuddling …

When I read this news I though it was not really high tech, nothing to compare with plasmons I wrote about just few days ago and so I decided it was not worth reporting. Then, curiosity led me to look at the video clip associated to it, and I decided …

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Going beyond Freud

Freud was probably the first who tried to peek inside the human brain to detect emotion and try to explain them. He also went a step further. By using induced stimulation (posing questions, having person looking at graphic clues,…) he was able, sometimes, to re-condition the way a brain reacted …

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Etching transistors, one at a time

When we look at a new product, be it a strawberry or the latest iPhone,  we seldom realise that such a product is just the tip of the iceberg, that most of our awe should not be placed on the product itself but on the "tools" that have made such …

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It sticks!

Sometime ago I posted a news about researchers at UMass Amherst studying how a gecko can walk upside down on ceilings and easily walk on smooth vertical walls. They managed to create a material that, mimicking the gecko "paws" can stick on smooth surfaces.  Unfortunately, that material wouldn’t work on …

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Neuromorphic computer roadmap

The debate has been going on for a long long time: in order to create an intelligent computer, where "intelligent" means able to process information and react as a human brain, can we relay on specific software that "simulates" the brain processing or we need a physical underpinning that works …

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A XXI century approach to “rain dance”

Native American Indians have developed across centuries a rain dance (look at the clip for a bit of culture and fun) that was supposedly effective in bringing rain to an area. I can understand if you are a bit skeptical about its effectiveness … Anyhow, the need for rain is …

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Truck to Truck Communications

At the EIT ICT Labs one of our partners, CRF, has been working for quite a while in the area of car to car communications as a way to improve safety on the road.  It is therefore an area that piques my interest. I just read of a successful experimentation …

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Best sieve ever

There are many sort of sieves, from the ones I uses daily to get rid of the water after the "spaghetti" have cooked to the ones used to separate trouts in fish farms. The concept behind a sieve is quite clear. You have a surface that is impermeable and you …

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