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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.

Detecting viruses with your smartphone?

I still remember my wonder when I discovered I could use my smartphone as a flashlight! Just press the display on the flashlight icon and I could look at a flower during the darkest night (or, less romantically, search for lost keys under the couch…). Now my smartphone has a …

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Post-Pandemic Scenarios – XXXI – No one at the wheel 1

The trend towards autonomous mobility, in all sectors, is “unstoppable” leveraging on several technologies that have been evolving in the last decade and that are promising to become affordable in the current one. Automation in mobility feeds on the same forces that pushed automation in manufacturing: better and consistent performances …

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Print your “pills”

As you grow older (I am an expert in this field!) you see an exponential increase in the number of pills your doctor wants you to swallow. It doesn’t help that as your age “improves” you are likely to become more confused and forgetful. Hence, getting at the right time …

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Post-Pandemic Scenarios – XXX – Drones

The drone sector has evolved in a complex ecosystem including thousands of companies catering from manufacturing to operation, software development for control and for deployment in different fields. According to Forrester, drones are enabling the Digital Automation in the air. The FTI’s report highlights the disruptive impact that drones are …

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Post-Pandemic Scenarios – XXIX – Logistics

Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR) and Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGV) are becoming more and more common and the FTI’s report foresees a significant increase in their deployment in the logistics, most notably in warehouse automation. However, as their flexibility increases and cost decreases, we can expect to see them used in …

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Intelligent Reality

Our world is becoming more and more a melange of bits and atoms. The boundaries between cyberspace and physical space are blurred to the point that we no longer perceive a difference between the two and we are living into a Digital Reality. More than that.The pervasiveness of bits (and …

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Robotics and AI for weeding

Possibly the biggest impact of the Industrial Revolution has been on … agriculture. By using machines for farming it made possible to increase productivity 100 folds (both in terms of yield per acre and much more in terms of human work to till, farm, harvest the field). The employment in …

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