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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. 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.

Education: disruptions ahead? – I

As the Symbiotic Autonomous System Initiative second White Paper is being finalised some thoughts on the future of education have been consolidated and I am sharing them here, looking for comments. As you can see some of these are quite disruptive… The shift towards an intelligent ambient and the emergence …

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Data at the edges

The Moore’s law, the doubling of transistors on a chip (of a given size) every 18 months and the parallel having of cost per transistor has basically been matched by the growth of data, hence, roughly speaking, our capability to process data has been in synch with the number of …

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Using AI to detect breast cancer

Image recognition has progressed in ways that were completely unexpected just 20 years ago. At that time we kept saying that computers were no good in understanding images, that was humans turf. This is no longer so. The camera in our phones recognise a smiling face, the photo management application …

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Is 5G the solution? – IV

Following on the previous posts looking at the “5 reasons why 5g is the Future“: 5. Communication and Collaboration The article claims that the increased speed offered by 5G will (better) support collaborative work, teleworking and will increase business effectiveness easing the access to big data and big data analytics. …

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Is 5G the solution? – III

Following on the previous posts looking at the “5 reasons why 5g is the Future“: 4. Immersive Entertainment The article points out that the increased capacity offered by 5G will support the growing demand of video consumption (yes, that extra spectrum will surely be put to use) and it will …

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Would you like a jump seat in a F1 car?

Simulators have become very effective, to the point that pilots, both racing cars and flight pilots, are making extensive use of them and amateurs can experience a virtual trill that is getting more and more engaging as the transducers are becoming more and more sophisticated. Virtual reality goggles are providing …

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Is 5G the solution? – II

Following on yesterday post looking at the “5 reasons why 5g is the Future“: 3. IoT Technology The article claims that the number of IoT will skyrocket in the next decade (I agree), that many of these IoT will end up in the home (sure), that they will lead to …

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Is 5G the solution? – I

In many Countries around the world spectrum for the 5G wireless system is being auctioned with quite a significant spread of license fees. In Italy the auction just closed with a promise from several Operators to pay over 6 billion € over the next 5 years to get spectrum licenses. …

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A living computer

3D printing of living cells is no news. It started at the turn of the century as bi-dimensional printing of skin cells to create patch for healing burns and it has evolved becoming capable of printing 3D structures. It is getting more and more sophisticated (more on this tomorrow). Hence …

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