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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.

Platforms, present and future III

IoT Platforms IoT are now in the hundred of billions so it should not be a surprise that the IoT platform market is huge and it is soaring (difficult to agree on a number since it depends on how you define an IoT and how you count them: a connected …

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A socket in a forest soil

I saw a number of research in the past trying to scavenge power energy in the ambient, including the one produced by living being. It is nothing really new! As a matter of fact the very first “experiments” in electricity were the ones of Luigi Galvani who shocked the world …

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Platforms, present and future II

There are platforms and then there are platforms In the opening post of this series I considered the “big nine” mostly from the point of view of their capability to offer storage, processing and access (this latter mediated by Internet). These nine platforms are quite different from one another, as …

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Platforms, present and future I

One of the topic addressed in the Digital Transformation Course developed by EIT Digital and IEEE Future Direction in its Digital Reality Initiative is that of Platforms. In these last few weeks I have been discussing platforms with a number of key people in several industries and now I take …

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Getting to you using other people’s genome!

DNA fingerprinting is “old” stuff, going back to the 1980ies (watch the clip). What is new is the amount of DNA now available in several “accessible” data bases. People are having fun in looking at their sequenced genome, through companies like 23andMe, Ancestry and others. Actually, sequencing the genome has …

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The evolution of human to whatever Interfaces XII

Multimodal Interfaces To close this series of post on human to whatever interfaces I chose to look at multimodal interfaces for three reasons: we have been using, as human, multimodal interfaces throughout our evolution history; multimodal interfaces will be the future of interfaces, in my opinion; we are already using …

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The evolution of human to whatever Interfaces XI

In the previous posts I pointed out the current status and limitations of BCI, Brain Computer Interface, showing that at the moment there is a tradeoff to be taken between higher precision and sensitivity provided by implanted electrodes/chip and non invasive interfaces. I also pointed out that at present interfacing …

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The evolution of human to whatever Interfaces IX

Interfacing with our senses, skipping the sensors In the previous post I shared my doubts on the feasibility of establishing a direct connection from a computer to the brain, at least in the foreseeable future and pointed out that a much more promising approach, already followed, is to take over …

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