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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.

Did Santa use Google maps?

Well, we take for granted that Santa knows the way to deliver all the presents to the million of kids around the world but we seldom stop considering the challenge he is facing. He starts from the North Pole at midnight with his sleight pulled by the reindeers. Yes they …

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Did you get your genome sequenced for Christmas?

Indeed, did you receive as Christmas present the kit for sequencing your genome? May be not, but many thousands of people did. And this is amazing! There are several companies that are offering private people the possibility of sequencing their genome (23andMe, Omegabioservice, Illumina, Cegat, OriGene, Eurofins Genomics, AncestryDNA, …) …

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And so this is Christmas…

As you can see, also Santa is feeling the heat of what used to be a happy, simple Christmas. There are many new challenges facing us and the more we work to solve them the more new ones will pop up. But today let’s go back to the basics, forget …

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An Ocean of Things

Why not take the Internet of Things to the Oceans? That’s the plan of DARPA. On January 4th, 2018 in Arlington, Virginia-US, prospective proposers will gather to discuss ideas that can lead to a floating internet of things. DARPA is looking for affordable and effective solutions that can harvest data …

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From computers to DNA programming

We often refer to the DNA in our cells as the program, the code of life. Scientists are learning to exploit these characteristics of DNA and to alter them to create “new programs”, as an example to create bacteria that can dissolve an oil spill by digesting the oil decomposing …

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After a long wait, a bit more to wait …

Virtual Reality has the potential of changing several areas in the next decade, from education to entertainment, from real estate to design (and Industry 4.0 can leverage on that). Some of the required components are here, like high processing capacity and advanced software or rendering. Our brain is extremely sensitive …

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Monitoring vital sign through radio waves

Researchers at Cornell University have found a way to measure a variety of vital signs, including breathing frequency, blood pressure, heart beat by analysing the way radio waves get distorted as they flow through moving organs (which is the case with the heart, lungs and blood vessels). The method is …

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It can be done, and that is the problem…

At IEEE FDC the Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Initiative, SAS, is studying the interplay (symbioses) of machines and humans. There is a lot of technology involved but the real issues are not technological ones. Yes, there are plenty of technology hurdles but just wait a few more years (may be just …

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Planning the Future …

Future happens. Yet, in a few areas the future is built through a multi-year planning with a very precise roadmap. This is the case for smart cities having the goal of becoming smarter. A city is a complex environment, with several independent systems that are influencing one another. The orchestration …

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