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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.

Meet Sophia and Grace

Hong Kong based Hanson Robotics have been developing humanoid robots for several years. Thanks to progress in technology, particularly in AI, their products have now a real life semblance that opens up several areas of application. I am not talking so much about their physical shape, the facial mimic is good …

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Learning from geese

When it comes to optimise flying effort geese are smart. They fly in an arrow formation, the flock has a leading goose (it leads for a while and then another replaces it) and several others forming an arrow shaped flock (these front flying geese are also replaced at short time …

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Metaverse vs Omniverse

Facebook is changing its name to Metaverse to highlight the vision of a future that will be lived in the cyberspace (along with life in the physical space). Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, along with sensors, displays, artificial intelligence and Digital Twins, are the enabling technologies. The road towards a …

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Teaching AR vs Teaching through AR

5 billion smartphones and tablets provide a huge platform to deliver augmented reality content everywhere to everybody. The growth and pervasiveness of high speed communication infrastructures (wifi, 4 and 5G) plus the huge storage capacity of devices (acting as a local solution where connectivity is not available) is another enabling …

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Outlook 2025: where are we? where are we going? – II

By 2025 industry is expecting to see a much greater impact of 5G, both private 5G in the production environment and public 5G to support products and services in operation; continuous growth of application of artificial intelligence, again both inside the company to improve efficiency of production and resilience/optimisation of …

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Outlook 2025: where are we? where are we going? – I

5 years ago, back in 2017, I prepared a graphic summarising the expectations of several industry leaders I contacted, directly and indirectly through members of the Industry Advisory Board of the IEEE Future Direction Committee. The questions those leaders were asked to answer were prodding their feelings on the relative …

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Like an electric bike for the brain …

A trial conducted by the University of Minnesota Medical School jointly with the Massachusetts General Hospital has shown that electrical stimulation of the brain controlled by an application that is able to learn the effects of the stimulation can lead to measurable improvement in cognitive capability. The trial involved 12 …

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2025 Outlook: Apparel Retail

Buying “stuff” on-line has been part of our life for several years now. The pandemic has increased both the number of on-line shoppers, the frequency and has expanded the types of merchandise. One area that has seen a significant growth is clothing and apparel. I spoke recently with a person …

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2025 Outlook: Workforce III

Among the points I discussed in the previous point there is the one of seeing the workforce, and the individual employee, as a service provider. What matters is the delivery of tthe service, not “what” is used to deliver it, whether a physical person or a machine/software. What a company …

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