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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.

Innovation means make it dirty cheap

There are many ways to innovate, and some of them do not require a sparkling objects full of new features, rather a dramatical cost in delivering very specific functionality. This is the case for the Foldoscope, the result of work of a team at Stanford University that has wondered how to improve …

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Exploiting deep links

Have you ever thought about the roots behind the progression from 1.0 to 2.0, 3.0 and so on? It seems to apply to several areas and it is not about creating a new version of something (as it was in the past, but then we did not used this kind …

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The magic of THz

Electromagnetic fields vibrate and depending on the frequency of this vibration they show different characteristics. Notice that I am using vibration is a very loose sense: an electromagnetic field does not require a medium like a sound, it just changes its amplitude over time.  We are very familiar with electromagnetic …

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It feels hot!

The future will see a seamless interaction among everything in any ambient. Of course, part of this interaction will see ourselves as one of the interacting party and objects as the other. The technical challenge is how to make this interaction possible in a seamless and affordable way (very low …

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I don’t like the way you walk…

In the past medicine was all about observing the patient, looking at his nails, the sclera, the stiffness of joints, even the taste of urine… Then science took over in terms of chemical analyses and more and more sophisticated technologies took the centre stage (names like TAC, PET, fMRI… are …

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An out-of-the-box perspective at solar power

I read a short interview to Richard Swanson, who founded SunPower 30 years ago and he is still at the helm. Over these thirty years technology progress has been relentless resulting in more efficient and less costly panels to convert sun light into electrical energy. Less than 15 years ago, around the …

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A 12 Billion Years Simulation

Scientists have managed to simulate twelve billion years of a Universe that is very similar to ours (difficult to state that it is ours, what they did was to apply the physical laws we are aware of in the simulation…). The team was led from Cambridge (Harvard and MIT) and involved several …

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Moving from Labs to Industry

I already noted that we are fascinated by technology advances in the products we use but the most fundamental advances are those happening behind the curtains, in the backstage of industrial production processes. These are the advances that turn an amazing discovery (invention) into something we can hold in our …

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