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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.

Designing chips for AI

Data Centres are growing in size and processing capacity to manage the increased size and flow of data. As the Clouds they are hosting are evolving to perform more processing intensive tasks and in particular the ones involved in artificial intelligence -training, inferencing- there is an interest for chips that …

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The economics of the Digital Transformation – XIII

Distributed Ledger Technologies impact Economy is all about exchange of assets. They may be tangible, like objects, or intangible like services, knowledge, data, activities. As Digital Transformation shifts the focus and  biz to the cyberspace more and more emphases is put on intangibles (this is actually something that has been …

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AR market gets a boost from pandemic

Augmented Reality is … real. there are now plenty of applications like: Surgery training and surgery assistance. Companies like Medacta are releasing tools and platforms to deliver AR (and VR) to surgeons and training students. Just few days ago the first knee replacement surgery was successfully completed using AR to …

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The economics of the Digital Transformation – XI

Leveraging Distributed Knowledge As Digital Transformation becomes more pervasive the value of the cyberspace will increase, as part of the value rooted today in the world of atoms shifts to the cyberspace. Tools to manage data (platforms, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, big data, Digital twins,  AR/VR) already make up a …

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A whole life in a cartidge

When was the last time you handled a mag tape? Most likely a long time ago and for most of young people the answer would be never. Mag tapes haven’t died out, they just fell below our perception thresholds. Most data today is actually stored on mag tapes, for archive …

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The economics of the Digital Transformation – X

Cognitive Digital Twins for humans In a manufacturing workflow humans are (still) playing an important role. Hence modelling the workflow requires modelling the human activity as well. A cognitive digital twin shall take the human role in the workflow as an integral part of the model. At this point the …

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The economics of the Digital Transformation – IX

Cognitive Digital Twins as Intelligent Behaviour As presented, Cognitive Digital Twins were invented for the factory floor to bring processes in the cyberspace. However, the very word chosen, “cognitive”, immediately link to the peculiar capability of humans: “cognition”. This is defined as: the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge …

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