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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 evolution of human to whatever Interfaces II

Voice interaction is different in many ways from “typing” interaction. One difference is the delocalisation of the computer/machine. You don’t need to be physically connected (with your fingers typing) you just need to be heard. This has some interesting perceptual implications. In spite of the image I have shown at …

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The evolution of human to whatever Interfaces I

I was recently asked by a journalist working on a piece on the future of human-computer interfaces -HCI- to answer four questions: What other HCI technology is being developed, and by what companies? What form will it take and will the future of the human-computer interface be intrusive, or subtle? …

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Exceeding usefulness…

Sony has announced a new digital image sensor designed for video cameras, more specifically security cameras, able to take 8k videos at 30 frames per second.  8k requires a resolution of 8192×4320 pixels, that would be 35 Mpixels, approximately, and the chip has a 8192×5556 pixels, 47+Mpixels. 8k is a …

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Augmented Reality in the Operating Room

Augmented reality is slowly, but definitely, entering the Operating Rooms in many hospitals around the world to help the surgeons and the operating team. We have seen surgeons wearing the Google Glass (you can find a comprehensive review of their use here) and as technology evolves, both in terms of …

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Digital Transformation in Healthcare VI

5. Healthcare Digitlaisation – Chatbots The Electronic Health Record, EHR, keeping track of the patient data is now a reality in several Countries. The European Community has adopted a Recommendation for the exchange of EHR across Europe. Notice, however, that this recommendation is to make possible for a citizen of …

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Digital Transformation in Healthcare V

4. Healthcare Digitalisation – Leveraging data The whole healthcare process, in many Countries, is now digital or it is being digitalised. However, in many cases, if not most, the digitalisation is fragmented in digital siloes; radiography are digital, so are TAC results but these data are not open and it …

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Tech and (stupid) human robots: an ugly mix

I am back from a 2 day meeting in LA. Pretty exhausted but I learnt something on the interplay of human and machines. Got to the LA Intercontinental Downtown hotel after 20 hours of travel. Impressive skyscraper as you might expect, and expensive as you might imagine. Turns out the …

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Digital Transformation in Healthcare IV

3. Personalised Healthcare / Digital Twins At the same time as we progress in the human genome understanding and learn to use it for personal healthcare we are seeing companies like GE and Philips (watch the clip) that are investing in the creation of person’s digital twins as a way …

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Digital Transformation in Healthcare III

2. Healthcare personalisation The sequencing of the genome is now a mass market reality. It kept decreasing but it has remained stable, around 1,000$ since 2016. The cost is expected to start decreasing again in the next decade with more effective mapping technologies (leveraging on machine learning, something that is …

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