Author: Laura Traldi

Achille Castiglioni by Patricia Urquiola. An exhibition about design. And about life

The retrospective celebrating the centenary of the birth of Achille Castiglioni at the Triennale (by Patricia Urquiola and Federica Sala) is a hymn not so much to design but to life. Which is more beautiful if lived with intelligence, lightness and curiosity. This is why the real protagonists of the show are not objects but people. The people that Achille Castiglioni never forgot when he was drawing the world around them.

«Why technology needs ethics». In conversation with Luciano Floridi

«The more full of tech the world is, the more it craves for ethics. Because what matters is not figuring out whether or not we must be afraid of robots, but how to manage digital society in a coordinated manner». A conversation with philosopher Luciano Floridi, director of the Digital Ethics Lab at the University of Oxford. Who in ’95 already warned: «The Internet promotes the growth of knowledge while creating forms of unprecedented ignorance».

Evgeny Morozov: «Big Data should be common good. And here is why»

«We think Big Techs want our clicks because they want to flock us with ads. But what they are after is the huge amount of data that is necessary to build AI services». Self-driving cars, systems to manage energy consumption, testing devices to defeat illnesses… According to activist Evgeny Morozov data is like oil: they provide private companies with immense power over States. Reason for which, they should be a “common good”.

Homo Faber in Venice: the first major anti-nostalgia exhibition on art crafts in Europe

It is not easy to talk about craftsmanship without giving in to nostalgia. Yet Homo Faber (at the Cini Foundation in Venice until September 30th) manages to do so by staging an exhibition in which the beauty of artifacts amazes less than the contemporary relevance of the craftmanship that brings them to life. Hence Homo Faber becomes the manifesto of a new culture of European know-how. In which technology serves man and not viceversa. And where talent, dexterity and experimentation create a widespread economic and social value. Designed to withstand the arrival of artificial intelligence.

Mariam Kamara: Africa needs architecture, and here is why

Being an architect in Africa is not easy. And being a woman architect in a mainly Muslim country like Niger makes it even harder. But Mariam Kamara fought against all odds to pursue her dream: «To give the people of Niger a sense of identity and pride through architecture». And now, as winner of the Mentor and Protegé Rolex prize, she will work with David Adjaye for two years. This is her story

Learning how to listen is a matter of social and a political urgency. And here is why

We all think we know how to listen. Yet we do it less and less. We cling to our positions. And (best case scenario) wait for the other to talk only to prove him wrong. But as politicians use this tendancy to gather political consensus (and oppose the creation of a collective intelligence), the lack of qualitative listening becomes a huge danger for society. One that a culture of active listening could counteract. If each of us – all included – did some honest self-analysis.