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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.

Getting a little help from AI

I have always been amazed by the ability of radiologists to pinpoint a problem by looking at those black and white RX! It turns out that it takes years of experience to get the knack, seeing what we don’t see at all. Medical doctors in general rely on radiologists expertise …

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Education and Training Metaverse

These last two years have seen millions of students, and million of professionals, taking courses on the web. Remote education has become a way of life for many creating issues to both students and teachers. The basic, and most common, approach has been to create a communication link through the …

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Meet Sophia and Grace

Hong Kong based Hanson Robotics have been developing humanoid robots for several years. Thanks to progress in technology, particularly in AI, their products have now a real life semblance that opens up several areas of application. I am not talking so much about their physical shape, the facial mimic is good …

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Learning from geese

When it comes to optimise flying effort geese are smart. They fly in an arrow formation, the flock has a leading goose (it leads for a while and then another replaces it) and several others forming an arrow shaped flock (these front flying geese are also replaced at short time …

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Metaverse vs Omniverse

Facebook is changing its name to Metaverse to highlight the vision of a future that will be lived in the cyberspace (along with life in the physical space). Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, along with sensors, displays, artificial intelligence and Digital Twins, are the enabling technologies. The road towards a …

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Teaching AR vs Teaching through AR

5 billion smartphones and tablets provide a huge platform to deliver augmented reality content everywhere to everybody. The growth and pervasiveness of high speed communication infrastructures (wifi, 4 and 5G) plus the huge storage capacity of devices (acting as a local solution where connectivity is not available) is another enabling …

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Outlook 2025: where are we? where are we going? – II

By 2025 industry is expecting to see a much greater impact of 5G, both private 5G in the production environment and public 5G to support products and services in operation; continuous growth of application of artificial intelligence, again both inside the company to improve efficiency of production and resilience/optimisation of …

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Outlook 2025: where are we? where are we going? – I

5 years ago, back in 2017, I prepared a graphic summarising the expectations of several industry leaders I contacted, directly and indirectly through members of the Industry Advisory Board of the IEEE Future Direction Committee. The questions those leaders were asked to answer were prodding their feelings on the relative …

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