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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.

Where is your flu coming from?

The amazing variety of data that are at our disposal enables us to get answers we never dreamt before, and even more important they allow us to formulate new questions.  It is usual to think about how you got the flu. I was in the pub and a guy started …

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What is the future going to be like?

This is clearly the one billion dollar question entrepreneurs and investors would like to have answered. And although we know fairly well what the potential evolution of technology performance is going to be in the coming 5 years, and we can have pretty good confidence over a 10 year horizon, …

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A milestone in Fusion Energy

Whilst the production of energy from splitting atoms has been achieved in the last century (on December 2nd, 1942 for those history buffs among you) the controlled production of energy through fusion of two atoms (normally He, or alpha particles) has eluded scientists in spite of the many efforts all over …

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Is there a Faust inside each of us?

Of course you remember Goethe’s masterpiece Faust. He was living a successful life and yet he was not satisfied, he wanted some more and to have that he made a deal with the Devil. Well, i was brought back to this when reading a news about a start up offering …

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How do you tell a dog from a cat?

Well, you just tell! When you are with your toddler you show him a cat and you just say: "look at that cat". On the other hand if a dog passes by you would tell him: "Hey, look at that dog". And in a little while (a few months, actually) your …

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Seeing through sounds

Our brain creates representation of ourselves and of the ambient around us. The representation of ourselves is made through proprioceptors, "sensors" that inform the brain on the position of our limbs, our head, our body. The representation of the ambient takes place mostly through our eyes. That is not the …

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Of course, it is here!

After the growing availability of 4k televisions and Apple Mac Pro supporting 4k rendering and screens it was just a matter of "what are they waiting for", with they meaning the digital camera manufacturers! And here we have the fist DSRL camera announce, the DMC-GH4 from Panasonic, to deliver 4k video (actually the …

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Like Clockwork

I have followed the evolution of technology for the sequencing of the (human) genome for quite a few years now and there was a milestone to be reached by 2014: the 1,000$ cost for a complete genome sequencing. That is 10 years after the first sequencing at a cost of …

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What do you mean by “city”?

If I don’t ask you you know what a city is, but if I ask you you don’t. This happens in many areas where there are many possibile definitions that you really never consider in everyday life but as you start to think about it then you see that many …

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Pixel: as small as it can get!

Pixels, those little points of light you see on a television screen today, have become smaller and smaller. The technology(ies) used to create these pixels has evolved and that has resulted in their shrinking. Evolution has led to more accurate colour rendering, more brightness, larger viewing angles and lower consumption. …

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