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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 the Chair of the Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Initiative of IEEE-FDC. Until April 2017 he led the EIT Digital Italian Node and up to September 2018 he was the Head of the EIT Digital Industrial Doctoral School. 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.

Care to share a photo of a bug?

Yes, today’s it is April fools’ day, but trust me, I am not pulling your leg! I stumble onto a news published by DpReview, one of my favourite photo-news sites, about a crowdsourcing project launched by the University of Texas to harvest high quality photos on insects.  Aptly named "Insects Unlock" the project …

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Towards 10TB SSD

Samsung has been leading evolution of SSD memory (Solid State Drive) and managed to stack few layers of memory on the same chip thus increasing capacity. Now Toshiba has announced a leap in stacking by developing the world’s first 48 layer SSD with a single chip capacity of 128Gbit (each …

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Let me teach you, so I learn

Just two days ago I reported of new ways to teach a robot. Now I stumbled onto a news from EPFL where they invented a process to help kids learn to write by teaching a robot … to write! It is well known that if you are trying to teach to someone …

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AgBots: a revolution in the making

The changes in agriculture over the last two centuries have been staggering. The time span is long enough for this change to have happened without people really noticing what was going on. Two centuries ago most of humankind was working in agriculture. The yield was limited (although much better than …

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My photos are heading to the Cloud

I have over 600MB of photos in my computer back home. And I am backing them up on a Time Capsule and on an extern drive. Total: 1.8TB. More than that, in 13 years I have seen an increasing storage need that has been following the Moore’s law. It is because I am …

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Care for an extra skin?

Think about using your skin as an interface for your devices. Your phone starts vibrating in your pocket or purse during a meeting and you decide to stop the incoming call by clicking on … your finger! This is what researchers at Saarland University are proposing by developing an electronic …

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Hey Robot, let’s swap jobs!

In Industry 4.0 we will likely see a seamless cooperation of workers and machines (robots of some sort). This is an area we are looking at within the CyberPhysical Systems activities at EIT ICT Labs. Here is a news from MIT that nicely fits into the path towards Industry 4.0. How to …

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I like you but … do you like me?

I stepped yesterday onto the interesting blog of Shelly Palmer that explored the status of on line dating. You may want to read it (beware though of some errors in the percentage reported… that may give a quite different perception of the situation). An interesting infograph (copied in this post) from Berkely (dated February …

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Quantum physics finds a new application

Quantum physics is possibly the most puzzling scientific development of the last century. If you think you understood quantum physics it probably means that you did not understand what quantum physics is (this is my paraphrasing of the famous statement of Richard Feynman: "If you think you understand quantum mechanics, …

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