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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.

Self-repairing robots do have a sense of self? – II

The advance in smart material technologies includes the capability of self replication. Studies in this area started in the last decade and exploited the results of Nature: using DNA strings with attached molecules of materials scientists demonstrated the possibility of replication (see the image). Of course the replication instructions to …

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Self-repairing robots do have a sense of self? – I

I have been fascinated by hydras since I was at elementary schools and I kept tracking the increasing knowledge researchers have harvested on these animals. Their outstanding capability for regenerating missing limbs was well known to our ancestors that created the mythical Hydra, a creature with seven snake like heads …

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And so this is Christmas …

Yes, luckily the Christmas tree is still warming up my living room. It is almost like the ones I used to have as a kid, however the technology has penetrated even this niche. There are chips controlling the lightning, tiny and amazingly cheap microprocessors that I can program with one …

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What if …Reality+Digital Reality becomes … Reality – IX

Interestingly digitalisation/softwarization is happening not just at product/equipment level but also at system/network level. An airplane engine (turbine) has its digital twin, creating a digital model in the cyberspace that can be used in many ways, including the provisioning of information via virtual and augmented reality to designers, maintenance crew, …

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Remote design, local fabrication

Yesterday, December 21st, 2019, opened the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. It will remain open till March 2020. An area of the expo is Eyes of the City, curated by Carlo Ratti. It showcases a variety of technology applications to highlight the growing impact of Artificial …

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