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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.

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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Are we shooting in our foot?

Amazon back in 2012 bought Kiva, a robotic company specialised in robotic warehouse management. Now, less then two years after the acquisition Amazn is using 10,000 robots in a few of its warehouses in the US. Interestingly, they have declared that robots have proved better than humans in several respects: 1. they …

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Technology can be cuddling …

When I read this news I though it was not really high tech, nothing to compare with plasmons I wrote about just few days ago and so I decided it was not worth reporting. Then, curiosity led me to look at the video clip associated to it, and I decided …

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Going beyond Freud

Freud was probably the first who tried to peek inside the human brain to detect emotion and try to explain them. He also went a step further. By using induced stimulation (posing questions, having person looking at graphic clues,…) he was able, sometimes, to re-condition the way a brain reacted …

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Etching transistors, one at a time

When we look at a new product, be it a strawberry or the latest iPhone,  we seldom realise that such a product is just the tip of the iceberg, that most of our awe should not be placed on the product itself but on the "tools" that have made such …

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