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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.


Computer chips have shrunk over the year but still we have been used to see a computer in terms of a substantial box or, in the last few years, in terms of a tablet. Clearly there are computers everywhere, our cell phone is a computer in a different form factor, …

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The distance from imagination to creation

"At no other time has the distance between imagination and creation been so narrow". This is quite a statement and it really made me think. In the past we have had several people able to imagine something that was really out of the box. Something that was impossibile to turn …

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That’s Innovation!

This is not about the future but about the past, about last year’s projects funded through Kickstarter. Well, in a way it is also about the future since those projects will be delivering in 2015. Kickstarter is magic, at least that is my feeling. They have been able to fund …

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Has SDN reached the top of the hype curve?

2014 has been a great year for SDN, at least in terms of popularity… If you look on Google you find over 80 million pointers to SDN and in Google Trends it clearly show the uptake in 2013 and consolidation in 2014 and in the Gartner HypeCurve SDN is at the top (along …

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Good news, bad news

Researchers at UCLA have discovered that memories are not stored into synoptical connections, as it was so far known. Synapses are clearly crucial in the memory mechanisms but they demonstrated that you can destroy synaptic connection among neurones, hence destroying the "memory" but if you are reconstructing the synaptic connection the memory comes back, …

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Mimicking neurones in a chip

IBM announced a year ago Synapse, a chip that could mimic one million neurones and their connectivity (in a much limited scale) using over 5 billion transistors. It was tested in some activities that are typically well performed by a brain and poorly executed by a computer and indeed it showed …

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Happy New Year, in numbers!

Time flies, and it has never been so true than in the last fifty years of technology evolution. And the change is now accelerating: as new technology becomes available and yesterday’s technology becomes even more affordable, more and more products applications and services, which is what actually we perceive, are entering our …

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