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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.

2025 Outlook: System wide automation – II

The Digital Transformation, DX, is moving a growing part of enterprise processes to the cyberspace. This shift has accelerated during the pandemic and companies had to “patch up” their processes to have them working in the cyberspace, This has led to increased automation, system-wide, to integrate tools and humans (employees) …

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AI: a game changer in Pharma

Quris is an Israeli company (it is also based in Boston, US) betting that Artificial Intelligence can help to dramatically shorten the time to move drugs to clinical stage. Most drugs fail the clinical trials (up to 89% fail, according to Quris): if we think that the overall cost is …

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Charge as you go

The big issue when you have an EV car is using it on a long trip. As long as you stay within your home vicinity there is really no problem. Recharging your car battery is actually easier than stopping for a gas refuelling. You just park your car and plug …

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Shall you tip a robot?

Technology is affecting us in many ways, including the restaurant “etiquette”! Suppose you are being served by a robot, would it be polite to tip or, being a robot, just skip it?  I guess there has been very little discussion on this since restaurants using robots as waiters are very …

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Wind farms in the sky

I have to say I am impressed by this news of the first flying wind farm. It is at a prototype stage but it is the very idea that is amazing me. Rather than having those gigantic wind farms built on ground why can we get a similar result by …

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Would you like a virtual museum experience?

The availability of virtual reality -VR- technologies has prompted several museums to go on-line (that is obviously possible without using VR, but VR can provide an immersive experience that is not available by just browsing the web through a screen) to offer a much wider audience the possibility of experiencing …

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Will it rain on my backyard?

In spite of jokes on weather forecast we have to acknowledge the tremendous progress that have been made over the last 20 years, thanks to a pervasive network of sensors (both on the ground and up in the sky) and the increased processing crunching capabilities, leveraging on machine learning and …

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A robot with a bee brain

At the turn of the century (2006) IBM launched a project to map the human brain as a starting point to create a “cognitive computer”. It was clear from the beginning that it was an impossible dream, yet the hope was that pursuing it would increase our knowledge of the computational structures …

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