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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.

Re-inventing the battery for super fast recharge

It is almost 220 years since Alessandro Volta invented the “pile” (1799 ad) and although amazing progress has been made the overall architecture of a “battery” has remained pretty similar to that first “pile” (“pila” in Italian, meaning a structure made by many layers, layered one over the other). You …

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Research is easier than Innovation …

Now, don’t take me wrong. I don’t mean to say that doing “good” research is easy nor that research is not addressing “tough” issues (actually some are so tough that they might even don’t have a solution!). Innovation is tougher because some aspects that innovators have to face are beyond …

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Nano particles as sensor in the brain

Many feel that the next decade will be the one of the brain, reaching a tipping point where we will eventually understand how the brain works. A number of mega-projects are active each one following a slightly different approach. All of them require more raw data on what it is …

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A more convincing Mixed Reality

The fading boundary between bits and atoms is “fading” more and more as technology finds better and better ways to trick our eyes, actually our brain. Varjo, a Finnish company, has presented a new visor that from a technological point of view is a marvel and from the experience point …

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Machine/Human Integrated Learning Technologies II

Learning technologies have been focussing on human beings and how to improve human learning. Significant advances have been made in the last decades leveraging computer and internet power compounded with the availability of more and more flexible, and ubiquitous, devices. This evolution will continue as more understanding on learning processes …

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