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Did you sing Auld Lang Syne?

Remembering the Old Times is good, planning for an exciting future is even better!

I hope you had a wonderful celebration of the Old Times yesterday and raised a “cup o’kindness”.

I also hope that all together from all paths of life we can join to continue developing a better world.

I am one of those that feel we are making progress, there are many obstacles on the way (and sometimes we are the big obstacle) and we often stumble but if we look back, the world today is so much better than it was 100 years ago, and that was better than it was 1000 years before, and so on. As we look back into the past we see the many social progresses that have been made, the increasing of life expectancy everywhere in the world, the better literacy, the appreciation of every life, the growing empathy we feel for one another. It would be blindness pretending everything is fine today, but it would be wrong to say the old times were unconditionally “better”. Let’s remember them with longing and feeling to make sure we keep those values that makes us a community and let’s move on.

Technology has helped in this process (it also created gaps and brought destruction). We know it is not an end but a tool and we still have to learn using it.

Happy 2018

About Roberto Saracco

Roberto Saracco fell in love with technology and its implications long time ago. His background is in math and computer science. He's currently the Chair of the Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Initiative of IEEE-FDC. Until April 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node and up to September 2018 he was the Head of the EIT Digital Industrial Doctoral School. 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. 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. He writes a daily blog,  http://sites.ieee.org/futuredirections/category/blog/, with commentary on innovation in various technology and market areas.

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