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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 Head of the Industrial Doctoral School of EIT Digital, co-chair of the Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Initiative of IEEE-FDC. Until Aprile 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node. 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.

Taking AR to surgery

Augmented reality has been applied in a variety of niches, including some areas in health care. As technology progresses, both in rendering data and making them visible on a variety of surfaces and in processing of the data, more effective uses of AR are proposed. At the University of Maryland, …

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Awareness, Intention, Sentiment technologies in SAS – II

Context Awareness A first area of awareness technologies relates to Context Awareness. Sensors embedded in the artefact, able to detect the shape of the environment, its characteristics and of its various components, are becoming more sensitive, performant and affordable. Smart materials (like sensitive skin for robots) will be playing an …

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Brainternet: a peek into the future?

Back in 2017, that’s long time ago!, a university project Brainternet, made the headlines of several news. The project was (and still is) carried out at the Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa, and by leveraging on portable (wearable) EEG harvested the signals resulting from the electrical activity of the brain …

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Cheating quantum tunneling

Chip manufacturing technology has reached the single digit nanoscale and is now facing the quantum mechanical tunneling: basically you have to  imagine that the electron is not a particle but a wave and as such it is not in a specific location but it is spread out in space (particle-wave …

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AI bests the best human biochemist

Every day petabytes of medical images are created around the world. Biochemists, radiologists and doctors are looking at these images to detect what “might” be wrong. Researchers are looking at this trying to find ways for automating the process. Image recognition by computers has been the holy grail of artificial …

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