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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 New Initiative Committee and co-chairs the Digital Reality Initiative. He is a member of the IEEE in 2050 Ad Hoc Committee. 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 Inner Hierarchy

In Nature we can see, if we pay attention, endless examples of hierarchies, from the ones of rivers affluents to tree branches and, of course to human societies. In math there is a way to measure the complexity of a hierarchy using the Horton-Strahler order, a metrics that takes into …

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The 20″ gap

The flow of data on the Internet is relentless and huge, and, although just a fraction of that, also the flow of data reaching our screens (cell phone, tablet, laptop,…) has grown incredibly over the last ten years.  The Internet speed has grown in synch with this increase of data, …

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Changing Paradigms – VI

6. What is the impact of the long tail? I have observed in the previous post in this sequel that progress in the production and distribution, particularly in software based products where manufacturing and distribution cost can be very very low, allows the addressing of market niches; however, in general …

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Changing Paradigms – V

5. How much money is there in the long tail? The long tail, by definition, represents a multitude of niches forming a fragmented market, We should clearly distinguish the fragmentation of the market in terms of niches addressing different “needs” from a market fragmentation depending on geographical separation. This latter …

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A new circuit is born!

Isn’t this what we often hear and say? The idea of birth is of course connected to living things, you cannot have the birth of a piece of rock but nevertheless, as we often do with languages, we borrow the concept of birth from the living things and apply it …

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Changing Paradigms – IV

4. The long tail It is now time to look at the other force creating abundance, that is the emerging of consumer choices. Notice that the existence of technology alternatives is mostly hidden to the consumer, how many consumers know about alternative technologies for television screens? What we have seen …

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Changing Paradigm – III

3. The fight for the living room! In the previous post of this series I said that abundance (that has created the paradigm shift from technology push to market pull) comes in two flavour and I started to explain the first one, the existence of alternative technologies that can serve …

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What type of beer does your robot prefer?

Well, actually, how could a robot like one kind of beer better if it cannot distinguish one from the other?  Right, but wrong! Apparently, Spanish researchers have managed to develop a "sense of taste" that can serve well a robot in distinguishing with an accuracy of over 80% a beer …

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Changing Paradigm – II

2. The interplay of alternatives The age of abundance has come in two flavours: first the existence of alternatives (mostly in the area of "hard" technology or in the area of "global platforms"), second the explosion of choices (mostly in the area of "soft" technologies). Let’s consider SED, Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Display. This …

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