Mocked and discredited, accused of being a “champagne socialist” attitude”, altruism is increasingly lacking in society. We have become more selfish. Narcisist, open to political messages that focus on the individual (or the tribe) rather than on the community. But re-learning to think of the others is possible. And it is urgent we do so. Because it’s only by working together that we will be able to face today’s global challenges Leggi Are We All More Selfish? in ITALIANO Red eyes and a ghostly look, the train conductor wanders among the wagons waiting for the police. We are a few miles from Milan and he has just run over a 16 years old boy who challenged fate by fooling around on the tracks. The train driver exited his cabin, saw the boy. What happened is not his fault but it’s difficult not to feel lost when you have just killed someone. The last thing this poor man needs is the anger of the passengers. Yet here it comes: «When do we leave? We’ve been here …
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”.