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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.

Life 3.0

In my search for information relevant to the recently launched Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Initiative I stumbled onto a fascinating book written by Max Tegmark, Life 3.0. When discussing on life from a scientific point of view the first question coming to the fore is what is meant by life, in …

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Effective but not affordable drugs?

At the end of August the FDA has approved a therapy, Kymriah, developed by Novartis to fight lymphoblastic leukemia. The therapy is based on the genetic modification of the patient cells transforming them in killer of malignant leukemic cells. It is a way for boosting the patient immunologic system. Clinical …

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Autonomous systems on the rise.

I have been discussing for quite a bit now the technologies that are making autonomous systems possible. Indeed, the forecast is towards an increase of their presence in the next decade. Artificial Intelligence is at the core of autonomous systems. It will permeate them in different degrees, the more autonomous …

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At the edge of science: freezing bits

We are, collectively, producing an astounding amount of bits and there is no ending in sight to the growth. Google, in 2016, is storing bits in 15 data centres (as of 2016), managing 40 million searches per second through over 30 million servers (if you think about it is means …

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Canon is moving manufacturing back to Japan

In a recent announcement Canon indicated the plan to build a manufacturing plant for its single lens reflex digital camera in Miyazaki Prefecture in Japan. This is the first plant being built by Canon in Japan since 2010. Since then Canon moved its manufacturing to low labour cost Countries, like …

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