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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.

Do you speak “baby”?

I still remember, back in 2002, the hit on the Japanese market of an app, Bowlingual, that could be used on a cellphone (or through a separate device) to connect to your dog. The dog had sensors in the collar (a microphone plus movement sensors able to detect the wagging …

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Untethered! Now the robot can take a walk

Atlas, a humanoid robot 1.5 m tall, made the headlines in 2013 as one of the most advanced humanoid robot ever developed. It weighted 75kg, could carry 11kg of groceries (or anything else!), had a stereo vision (using Lidar) and 28 joints providing flexibility in its movement and the capability …

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Beyond the Turing test

The Turing test was proposed to evaluate if a human can not distinguish the (written) interaction between a human and a machine. You type something and you get your reply. And you go on trying to find out who is actually answering your messages? Another human or a computer? The …

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Simulating the human brain: an exascale effort

As of Spring 2018 the fastest computer is the Sunway Taihulight, Wuxi – China. It has 10,649,600 processing cores, clustered in group of 260 each and delivering an overall performance of 125.44 PetaFLOPS (million of billions of instructions per second) requiring some 20MW of power. In the US the National …

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Processing spikes from one million neurones

In 2016 DARPA announced a program aiming at creating technologies to capture the brain’s activity at high resolution, meaning that one could look at activities of single neurones. The first target is to “read” up to a million neurones in parallel and researchers are confident that will be achieved at …

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Jumping into the void: Vitrifixation

In the Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Initiative we are looking at human augmentation technologies, including the ones that are at an early experimental stage but might become impactful in the coming decades. Among these we are looking at development in brain to computer interactions, digital twins, artificial intelligence and distributed / …

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An artificial lens for augmented vision

Researchers at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science -SEAS- have developed a meta-lens (to be layered on a lens) that it is similar in its characteristics to our eye’s lens but goes beyond it in terms of performances. Our eye’s lens changes its shape through compression and extension induced …

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