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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.

A cosmic ray detector in your hand …

Who would have predicted twenty years ago, or just 5 years ago, that today we can use our cell phone to detect cosmic rays? Scientists have been studying cosmic rays for several decades using quite sophisticated machinery that both in cost and size are beyond reach of anyone of us. …

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Atomic switch networks

Computer are faster, but brains are smarter. And don’t think about our brain. All brains are smarter than computers: a fly can take decision on the best fly route and avoidance with just 5,000 neurones and do that using an infinitesimal fraction of the power needed to a flight management …

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Using SMP to fix bones defect

Advanced in material science are opening up new paths in many areas. Here is the news from Melissa Grunlan at Texas A&M University that along with her team has developed a Shape Memory Polymer (SMP), also known as Shape Shifting Material that can easily be ashamed in any form when heated to …

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New tools to peer inside a working brain

I already observed in these posts that advances in science are mediated, made possible, by advances in our way to observe and measure things. Our hope to eventually come to a good understanding of the brain, and to its manifestations like emotions and thoughts, strongly depend on advances in looking at …

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Moving beyond silicon

There are many researchers going on to overcome the limits of silicon and let the Moore’s law live into the next decade (although somebody has pointed out that strictly speaking the Moore’s law is no longer valid today). Graphene as I mentioned several times in these posts or other materials like …

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Touching is believing

Yesterday I participated at the WCIT in Guadalajara and took some time visiting the Expo. I run onto the Fujitsu stand and I had the pleasure to try out a prototype tablet they had on show. I have been reporting on research on haptic interfaces for some years now, and a few …

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