Is all that is technologically possible also truly desirable? While the Big Tech push to accelerate research on drones for people and goods trasportation, some thinkers stop and wonder: is this really what we want?
Immersing yourself in the landscape makes you become more creative. Living in contact with nature increases your well-being. But bushes and flower beds are not enough to turn a workplace into a garden factory. «Nature needs to be designed», experts say. And manifesto-projects such as Guido Canali’s Prada factory in Valvigna.
In the face of climate change, we will have to re-think the way we design cities. In India, Holland, China and America, cement gives way to green areas and “strategic” landscape. Because the way forward is a better designed nature and less concrete.
Brutalism, with its grey buildings typical of the 50s and 70s, is in full revival. Some say it’s due to social media, where #brutalism is very popular. Yet this rebirth also shows the desire of architects to play once again a social role. And to support the principles of the welfare state: such as the right to the city, and to a home
More than 24 million meters square of urban nature and 20 new parks. In Milan, landscape becomes social bonding and a live infrastructure. The key to make it a success? Engaging citizens
Milan is doing quite well as high tech hub. But wants to fly higher. Because the city believes that innovation is about cultural development more than about tecnology. And that understanding how the digital world works is every citizen’s right.
If it is true that «drones will be everywhere, like pigeons», as some say, how will our cities change? And above all, who will govern this change? One of the chapters of the Drones Files published on D la Repubblica
«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».
«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”.
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.