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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.

TTM 2014: Future of Health Care

There is a lot going on in the health care space although, unfortunately, most of it is just noise with start ups looking at selling themselves rather than creating a sellable product. Examples of absurd data and absurd computation abounds with apps measuring your exercising rate by using GPS coordinates …

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TTM 2014: Future of Processing

The evolution of processing has been driven by the continuous scaling of transistors. This is still continuing but for the first time we are seeing that the scaling does not go hand in hand with the decrease of price, actually the price is starting to increase exponentially as we try …

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Converting electrons into photons with MoS2

In ICT we are using both photons and electrons. We are using photons on the information highways, optical fibres, we are using them in CDs and DVDs and we would like to use them also in chip to chip communications and even in intra-chip communications because photons have very very …

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Chasing the quantum computer rainbow

Google has announced a partnership with the University of Santa Barbara, California, to work on a quantum information processor based on superconducting electronics. The UC Santa Barbara group have a good record in building superconducting quantum electronic components with very high fidelity.  Quantum processing is about injecting information in quantum states (waves) and being …

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Going back a hundred years

Not so long time ago, my grandparents used it (yes, I know, it tells a lot a bout my age) people used the monocle to improve their vision. It was hanging from their neck and when need arose they picked it up and looked through the lens. Now researchers at …

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Sniffing like a fly

Researchers from UK and Australia have decided to take hints from a fly, the drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly), to develop an artificial nose.  The fruit fly olfactory receptors are extremely sensitive to a variety of "smells" and interestingly they are also good at detecting odours that are not part of the …

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Emitting white light ….

White light does not exist. It is just a figment of our imagination. Our brain "invent" the white light by receiving signals from photoreceptors (cones) in our eyes retina of blue, green and red light detected. Provided these signals are in the right mix the brain interprets them as "white …

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From Atoms to Products

At the Future Centre we started to study the future of manufacturing considering 3D printing and nanotechnologies several years ago. Now, at EIT ICT Labs we are looking at Industry 4.0, a dramatic change in the manufacturing landscape that will take place in the next twenty years but, and here …

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How can we stand on the shoulders of giants?

"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants" said Newton to explain how he came to his Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy.  The problem we are facing today is that there are too many shoulders and many of them are as useful, important, as …

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