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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 economics of the Digital Transformation – I

At the Digital Reality Initiative we are preparing our fourth White Paper, due this coming November, focussing on Digital Transformation.  I am working on highlighting the economics of the Digital Transformation and I will be sharing these thoughts here to get your feedback. ========= It is important to realise that …

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Post Pandemic Future

As I mentioned in a post a month ago, I was involved in contributing to the book “Aftershocks and Opportunities – Scenarios for a post pandemic future” along with several other futurists in an initiative coordinated by Rohit Talwar. The book is now available both in a digital and paper form. …

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Going back or leaping forward?

The pandemic and the lock-down, that affected many Countries and most businesses, have created a crises and most likely a point of disruption. A disruption is a dividing line marking the change of market that affects the value chains or a radical change in technology/production processes that reshapes the market. …

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Using drones like bees …

There are an estimated 100 trillions (!) bees in the world (the data range is quite broad, actually, for the difficulties in estimating the number of wild bees, domesticated ones are in the range of 2-5 trillions). This is a mind boggling number, and quite frankly it would remain so …

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Starlink: telecommunications from above

Over the last 30 years there have been a number of projects to create a satellite constellation, low orbit, able to create a communication infrastructure in the sky. Back at the end of the 80ies the idea of a constellation of satellites turned into a concrete project with Iridium, a …

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Planning for the New World – VIII

Strengthening Regional Development This is the closing post of this series. In all previous ones I have considered the World as a single entity, and I pointed out that cooperation is needed, both at the level of a single multinational company (Corporate Governance), at the level of supply and delivery …

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Planning for the New World – VII

Developing Sustainable Business Models Sustainability is a no brainer. Ask anybody if they want a sustainable world or a world where resources are progressively depleted, plastic litters the oceans, air is polluted and you can guess the answer. The question then is why are we not pursuing in a determined …

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The Future of Artificial Intelligence

Let’s face the fact: Artificial Intelligence has become a buzzword everybody knows although nobody would be able to really explain what it is…. The root of the world goes back to that famous paper calling to arms researchers for a summer project on artificial intelligence to be held at Dartmoor, …

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