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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.

Nanotech treated surface can kill bacteria

Researchers at Georgia Tech have discovered a particular nano-pattern that kills bacteria. They have created a nano-texture on a stainless steel surface consisting of spikes protruding 20-25 nm from the surface and have demonstrated that bacteria are killed, whilst mammalian cells, that are one order of magnitude larger, are not …

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Wireless charging makes little steps ahead

Converting radio waves into electricity is nothing new. Actually this is what happens anytime you listen to a radio or watch a television. Their antennas capture the radio waves, transform them into a tiny electrical current that gets amplified and converted into sound/images. The problem lies in that “tiny”. To …

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Please, remove those persons from the photo

Artificial Intelligence is changing the way post processing is made (it is also at work when you snap a photo…). Applications like Luminar and Photolemur rode the wave of AI to create products more advanced than Photoshop (the real benchmark in this area), where more advanced refers to the ease …

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A medical device on our wrist

I remember a talk I listened to at TTM 2016 looking into wearable devices as tools for improving healthcare. The speaker said that devices like the Apple Watch (meaning all consumer grade devices) where simply too weak in terms of data capture to be considered seriously as medical devices. Notice …

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Top 10 Tech Trends for 2018 …

As a new year approaches from all around the world we hear forecast on top technologies that will leave an imprint on the coming year and 2018 is no exception. Just google for “2018 tech predictions” (or trends, forecast….) and you get plenty of “foresight”. Clearly each “foresighter” has her …

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