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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.

Lending your brain to a robot

Leonardo (daVinci) is a robot that has been in use for quite a while allowing surgeons to perform operations that go beyond their “physical” capability. With Leonardo a surgeon can make incisions at the sub mm level, suture capillaries and so on. This feat is made possible on the one hand …

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Fake? Worse! It’s a meme

I just read an interesting, and thought provoking article, on Wired.  My reading came after a few months of headlines reporting on the problem of fake news, the latest referring to the terrible shooting that took place in Las Vegas. In Wired the journalist takes a different tack. The photo …

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Skyrmions are getting a little closer …

Progress in silicon based storage continues, in spite of having reached, basically, the limits in CMOS technology (we are at 10nm and any further shrinking is facing huge technological hurdles and, more important, skyrocketing cost) by layering silicon over silicon creating 3D structures. This will keep increasing storage capacity for …

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Getting 5G in your sweater

5G is going to be a sort of umbrella connecting a variety of things using different frequencies and different protocols. IoT will be part of the 5G “ecosystems” and the evolution of materials and production processes promises to extend the range of objects that can be IoT, by embedding electronics, …

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Applying origami to robots

The search for smart materials is on in many labs, since they promise new capabilities useful in a variety of areas. Yet, some researchers feel there is still a lot to be learned by looking at what was invented centuries ago. This is the case, probably, for this research study …

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Hiding in plain sight

Seeing is straightforward. You just need to take a look and your eyes will report to your brain what’s “outside”. Actually, it is a tad more complicated that this. If you have look at the photo you have probably identified something green that looks like a toothbrush but you might …

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Smart contact lenses talk with your phone

One of the crucial issues in many IoTs is how to power them in ways that they can harvest data and transmit them to a receiver connected to the Internet. Actually the most difficult part is to power the (wireless) transmission because that is where most power is required. Local …

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