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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.

205 “bits” to memorize your face!

If there is one things humans are very good is face recognition. We can recognise a face under different lightning conditions, we recognise it even if it grew a beard, if the haircut is different, even if it grew older! Other animals are also able to recognise our face, for sure …

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Are we shifting from text to voice?

Amazon Echo and Google Home have paved the way to interacting with home appliances (at least a few of them) using natural language. Apple is following with its recently announced HomePod (I found interesting the use of an array of six microphones to both improve sound detection and to create a …

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5nm transistors

Back in 1964 Moore’s saw the increasing number of transistors that could be squeezed onto a chip. At that time the number was around 100 transistors, a tremendous increase from the 4 transistors that Fairchild managed to put on a chip in 1960! Today we have chips with several billions …

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Robotic Dragonfly

We have been able to develop amazing vehicles, millions of people are flying on comfortable airplanes that are -almost- autonomously flying, robots in the sky. Yet we are still far to create a really small vehicle, as small as an insect, with comparable capabilities. The approach that some researchers have …

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From 2D to 3D food …

I had the opportunity of visiting from time to time the Tangible Media Group at Media Lab, MIT Cambridge US, and I have always been fascinated by their capability to transform the idea of computer interaction into tangible ones (I still remember a system to design a telecommunication network using …

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When making prediction has some scaring effects

AI, Artificial Intelligence, is becoming pervasive. Its progress is no longer based on better algorithms (although they keep getting better), rather on the availability of large sets of data and ways to extract meaning and learn (deep learning technologies). I just stumble on an article published by The Advertiser, a …

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Playing a piano in the air. HiTech virtual reality

Robotics researchers at San Diego UC university have announced the development of a soft glove that can provide (artificial) tactile sensation in a virtual reality world. They demonstrated it by playing a virtual piano, seen through VR goggles, providing the sensation of touching the keys with your fingers (watch the video …

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3D printing sensors on skin

I was speaking few days ago with Matt Bross, chairman and CEO of Compass-EOS and member of the Industry Advisory Board of FDC, and he told me that 3D printing will be changing the world to an extent we are not able to imagine today. I remembered his words as …

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