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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.

The pervasive impact of Biotech – III

Agricultural Biotech aims at improving the yield of agriculture by increasing plant growth and adapting them to the specific environment. This includes creating a resistance to insects (pests) and to herbicides (used to kill competing plants). The selection process is nothing new. It started, probably by chance, some 10,000 years …

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The cellphone is disappearing…

As of February 2021 there are 3.8 billion smartphones users in the world and an additional 1 billion with a mobile phone. The number of mobile phones is rapidly dwindling (there were 2 billion of them in 2016) and we can expect to have them disappearing in (mostly the first …

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The pervasive impact of Biotech – II

Our environment is what, in the far away past, gave rise to life and life in turns transformed it, sometimes creating the condition for new types of life to appear (cyanobacteria led to the oxygen atmosphere we have today that fostered the appearance of more complex life) and quite often …

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The pervasive impact of Biotech – I

The World Economic Forum has addressed several times in the last few years the area of biotech and has recently published an infographic highlighting the variety of impacts in several areas. Indeed the convergence of processing power, big data, artificial intelligence makes possible to open new doors into the “carbon” …

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Single molecule detection through a smartphone

Many diseases are characterised by the presence of specific molecules in body fluids. Searching for these molecules is challenging since there are billions of molecules in a sample and finding that specific one requires very sophisticated processes and equipments. Technicians in well equipped labs use chemical procedures to increase the …

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North Atlantic Skies

There are some 500 flights crossing the North Atlantic ocean every single day (this figure can exceed 3,000 flight a day once the pandemic will be over and air traffic will go back, in time, to pre-pandemic days). Most of the crossing is unsupervised by ATC (Air Traffic Control) since …

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A platform for a Factory Digital Twin

Infinity Foundry is a Portuguese startup, founded in 2017, that is now in the scale up phase having acquired over 30 large customers that use their platform. It has recently joined the scaleup program of EIT Digital. What is very interesting in their platform is the support to a digital …

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Checking the pulse to reach the sky

Fitbit has signed an agreement with NASA to provide 1,000 of its Fitbit Charge 4 wearables to NASA personnel, including its 150 astronauts. The wearables will be connected to the Work Daily Check-in platform were data analytics will evaluate the probability that the data provided by the wearables signify a …

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Reinventing Steel

The steel industry produces every year 2 billion tons of steel to be used in bridges, building, rail and a variety of other applications. To make steel you need coal, at least that is the way we have been manufacturing steel since it was “invented” around 1800 BC in Anatolia, …

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Clustering million nano-lenses to create a flat lens

The digital cameras embedded in smartphones have made incredible progresses, killing point and shoot cameras and now getting close to kill reflex cameras. The quality of the photos has improved thanks to electronics (better digital sensors and faster processing chip) and to software (computational photography). What has seen very little …

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