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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.

The larger the bandwidth, the smaller the workforce?

Verizon has increased steadily the capacity of its network and the capacity offered at the termination points over the last decade and it is investing to continue doing that in the coming one, mostly through 5G and its supporting core network(s). In parallel Verizon workforce has decreased steadily, losing 80,000+ …

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Robots apply for janitor jobs, and are hired!

Walmart announced the hiring of 360 janitors for its stores in US. This makes the news because the janitors are not human beings, rather robots endowed with artificial intelligence. Indeed, these will be smart robots. They will sweep the floor and will also collect data as they move along the …

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AI for protein folding

Proteins are a crucial component of our body. It is always difficult to make rankings but if you want a ranking I would say that proteins make the number 1 place in terms of importance. A protein consist of long sequence of amino acids,  there are 20 different of them …

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Self, selves and emerging self -V

Selves and Emerging super self We are clearly moving towards mixed teams, humans and machines operating hand in hand, learning from each other. The relation may become as spontaneous as the one experienced today in human teams (I am using the term “team” in a broad sense, including an aggregation …

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Artificial (Intelligence) Creativity

We, humans, have the capability of creating, imagining, inventing something out of the blue, or so we like to think. Computers can only do what they have been programmed to do. Yet, when neurologists look at the human brain, using advanced monitoring technologies, they tell us a different story, as …

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Self, selves and emerging self -IV

Machine’s Self, machine’s awareness Could a machine have a self, perceive its own identity and be aware of it? (with machine I am including the AI part). The question has been debated for quite a long time and it is still without an answer that can be accepted by all. …

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