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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.

Graphene as a sieve for desalination

We are thirsty. In a year we use some 4,000 cubic kilometres of fresh water, and overall we have plenty of fresh water on Earth (fresh but not necessarily clean, getting purified water in general needs processing). However, fresh water is not evenly distributed and most of it is in …

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Placing a video screen in our body

Medical imagining keeps making progress. It has improved dramatically in the last decades, thanks to new ways to look inside the body and the use of computers to make sense of the data captured. We are now able to look at cell level using markers that fluoresce when the cell …

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The artificial leaf gets a boost

Three years ago, time flies!, I wrote a post on a research carried out at MIT on a bionic leaf, a leaf that was modified with carbon nanotubes to increase its capacity to convert light into chemical energy. During these three years research has progressed in several research labs and …

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Brain to muscles interface

Brain Computer interfaces are now making the headlines of newspapers around the world. They hit the imagination making miracles possible. At the end of March the news of Bill Kockevar, a 53 year old man paralysed from his shoulders who lost control of his limbs after a bike accident, able …

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Let there be light!

Our small planet shines during the night with billions of lights. It is surely unique in our planetary system an indicator that the Earth is inhabited by a species that have achieved a technology stage enabling the biblical order: "let there be light". Interestingly, observing the Earth and its (our) …

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Another dream comes true

Have you ever dreamt of understanding foreign languages through some magic, invisible device that can whisper the translation in your ears? Dream no more. Technology has made this possible. We have got used to read Chinese, Russian, Arabic and Tagalog through our computer, using Google Translate. This is also available …

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Layering sensors on objects copying form beetles

The next decade is likely to see a profound change in terms of interaction between ourselves and the ambient. Objects are embedding more and more processing capability and this provides them with "awareness" that in turns makes interaction with us much more seamless. However, to get to that point objects …

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