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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.

Air traffic as an indicator of recovery

I stumbled on the graphic created by FlightAware showing the number of flights per day over the last three years, that is the traffic before the pandemic, during the first phases and in these last few months when recovery has started. The graphic is self explanatory: the daily traffic during …

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2025 Outlook: Workforce II

As the pandemic is slowing down (at least its worst consequences thanks to massive vaccination) companies are considering the roll back. Many have already asked their employees to go back to work in presence (and, at least in Italy many strongly objected!) others are planning to return to work on …

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2025 Outlook: Workforce I

I have heard talking of teleworking for at least 40 years. In the 80ies I participated in a research trial to provide connectivity to homes to support remote access to the company Data Bases and enable a few jobs from remote. Over these 40 years the number of jobs that …

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A car does not need to look like a car…

Although fully autonomous cars are still in the future designers have already started to reinvent the car to match the new paradigm. As a matter of fact, once your car is fully autonomous you are no longer in charge, of the driving. You just tell the car, probably via an …

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2025 Outlook: Healthcare

The amount of technology used in healthcare is huge, and growing. As shown in the graphics there is a relentless surge of new technologies that are advancing all aspects of healthcare. Significant progress over the coming 3 years is expected on (in order of shorter deployment horizon): Digital Health Insurance …

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What is a spider looking at?

I was really amazed at reading this article on Science News about a study on the vision system of jumping spiders. These creatures are very common photographic subjects because of their multiple eyes (and because they usually stay put as you get close to snap a photo, making your photographer …

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2025 Outlook: Revamping infrastructures – III

In a recent post I reported on the scheduled activation of the first autonomous train on the S-Bahn network in Hamburg. This is an example of the interest to revamp existing infrastructures by companies and institutions all over the world. Another example is the plan for the electrification of 2,000 …

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