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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.

Post-Pandemic Scenarios – XLIV – Climate 2

Technologies for a Green Environment The pandemic hit the economy worldwide, possibly even more, in economic terms, in developed Countries. The post-pandemic recovery will be steered by political decision to focus on addressing some crucial -long term- issues, among these the climate change. The huge amount of money (at debt) …

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The innovation gap is widening

Just finished to read the new McKinsey survey on “The new Digital Edge: Rethinking strategy for the post pandemic era“. It summarises the feedback received from top level managers of 700+ companies in various sectors. The resulting picture is one of accelerated shift towards the leverage of the digital space …

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Post-Pandemic Scenarios – XLII – Energy 4

In several Countries what has hampered the shift towards renewable energy is the distance between the source and the point of consumption. Tides can generate electrical power but transporting it across a thousand of miles results in a big waste.  Solar power can be easily harvested in deserted area, like …

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Post-Pandemic Scenarios – XLI – Energy 3

The quest for clean ways of transforming energy is relatively recent.We usually talk of “clean” energy but the point lies in the “transformation” of energy and whenever we are transforming energy the second law of thermodynamics rules. In lay terms this law states that the process of transformation always result …

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Post-Pandemic Scenarios – XL – Energy 2

In the previous post I discussed the expected evolution of batteries for EV, particularly with respect to their life time, a factor impacting the overall cost of operating the car (as well as the management of battery waste, the shorter their life span, the more waste to manage), The second …

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