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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.

Bits and Atoms in manufacturing

Google stop selling its Glass in 2015 after a slow uptake in the mass market and many concerns on privacy violation to the point that several establishments forbid entrance to people wearing them. However Google Glass has found a good (and broad) niche in the enterprise world.  Several companies, like …

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A new type of transistor!

A transistor is a component that is able to make an electron current flow depending on the presence or absence of a signal. Think about a faucet: you open the faucet (the signal) and water flows. You close it and water stops. Transistors are made of silicon (even though the …

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Roomba moves to the garden

Joe Jones was one of the researchers in the team that invented Roomba, actually Joe was the one providing the vision of a robot that was simple enough and affordable enough to be used in a home as vacuum cleaner. Roomba is probably one of the most successful robot ever, …

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Robots: creating or killing jobs?

The idea that robots are killing job is easy to understand. A robot comes and it can replace you by doing the same things you used to do, without stopping, without complaining and without distraction at a constant quality. You may get sick and the robot may break down but …

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Marie and Ashley are the best …

Quite often when we think of robots stealing our jobs we imagine some Asimov-like anthropomorphic robot handling some blue collar work. Actually, there is another category of robots, normally called “bots” that is already replacing white collars… and in the thousands! Conversica is a US company that specialises in bots …

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Industry 4.0 and Symbiotic Autonomous Systems

General Electric is working to make AI an integral component of its industrial processes, from design (and co-design) to production (and co-production) to operation (and co-operation). Notice the (co-) part. It is an important aspect that moves GE into industry 4.0 and it is notable that they are looking at …

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Installing photovoltaic cost keeps decreasing

A study from GreenTech Media shows a continuous decrease of photovoltaic cost that is expected to continue in the coming years. This cost is measured in US$ per W installed and takes into consideration the photovoltaic panel, the inverter, the SBOS (Structural costs like civil engineering) and EBOS (Electrical costs …

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Science is progressing a bit too fast …

Just few years ago researchers started to intercept brain electrical activity by placing a grid of sensors on the skull, and when they wanted to be more accurate on the brain itself, and demonstrated they could translate those electrical activities into “commands” that a robot (may be in the shape …

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