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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.

ETTR? Even more so!

  When you learn digital photography one of the first things you are told is ETTR: Expose To The Right! For those who may not know it, ETTR is the consequence of the way a digital image chip works. Those chips can be seen as containing million of “buckets”, one …

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The evolution of human to whatever Interfaces VII

3. Decreasing the training time for the person and improving computer sensitivity (intelligence) As noted in previous posts, current technology is not sufficient to translate the brain electrical activity, captured by sensors, into meaning. Significant progress has been made, thanks to better signal processing capability and more recently by applying …

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Print your own Vinyl

I remember the revolution in habits brought by music cassettes. For the first time users could duplicate a song. That started the disruption of the music industry that finally changed the market with the advent of digital music. It was a very first step and the music industry was not …

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The evolution of human to whatever Interfaces VI

2. Extending the brain area where signals are captured Although we like to identify specific areas of the brain and associate them to specific function, like speech, hearing, reasoning, emotion, the brain structure is massively diffused. Yes there can be a prevalent area where a specific function is processed (emerge) …

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The evolution of human to whatever Interfaces V

Less invasive physical interface and better electrodes to pick up the signals The challenge facing researchers and medical doctors today when looking for interfacing the brain is the tradeoff between invasiveness procedures and implants versus lower resolution and increased noise. If you embed an electrode in the brain that electrode …

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Your personal underwater drone

In May 2019 I posted a news on Gladius Mini, an underwater drone targeting the mass market at a price point around 1,400$ US, The same company is now pushing the envelope with a smaller model, Dory, they plan to offer at a 500$ price point hoping to hook a …

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The evolution of human to whatever Interfaces IV

I have touched upon seeing, hearing and touching applied to human to whatever interface. There are three more, smell, taste and proprioceptors (these latter provide a sense of position and acceleration) but I’ll skip these for now since they are not used, nor are likely to be used in isolation …

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The evolution of human to whatever Interfaces III

Clearly there is much more than voice based interaction.  So let’s explore other technologies and their implication first by looking at voice (and typing that we have already considered) alternative technologies and then taking the plunge into multimodal interactions (that is our natural way of interacting as human being!). Let’s …

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The magic of computational photography

How many times did it happen to you of wanting to take a photo of a building and remembering the golden rule of keeping lines parallel to your lens realise that the building will not fit? Sometimes, with a smartphone, I would take advantage of the “panorama” mode to roll …

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