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  • Talking about Qualia with Federico Faggin

    How, in your opinion, the scientific attitude on the one hand and the artistic experience on the other, relate to the 'qualia', i.e. the perceptions and sensations through which conscious beings capture the quantum world? And which discipline, either art or science, is better able to communicate the qualia, i.e. to transfer sensations to the body so that they can be turned into decisions first and actions afterwards? “Qualia are fundamental to human existence: without qualia, we wouldn’t even...

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  • Federico Faggin on The Nature of Consciousness

    “One day, robots will control the world” – “humans are the most complex machines on earth” – “robots can solve the most intricate problems in a better and more efficient way than men”. How many times have we heard those words, and how frustrating has it been the face to face (or face to monitor) with a computer with the awareness that the dispute had a designated winner since the beginning? In the last decades, scientists have been designing artificial intelligences by recreating the model of...

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  • How do you think Science Gallery Venice will re-shape living in Venice?

    Venice is something extraordinarily beautiful but also something fatally decadent. How can we make our environment and our culture work with innovations for the future? Venetians have always looked at the world from the perspective of both art and science.  This is a proud past we must build on as we consider the future of our city. From my perspective, any consideration on re-shaping Venice cannot leave aside its use of spaces: in the lagoon city there is a clear imbalance between "...

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  • Are we connected to our digital self?

    Are we connected to our digital self?

    What is becoming evidently clearer is the huge gap that exists between our true selves and the self, which we choose to project on virtual reality. What concerns me most about people, who consistently try to match their virtual self with the real one, is the timeless energy spent, and the value given to defining only the virtual self, so often at the cost of the true self. For instance, when living in a monumental city like Venice – known for its archaic and museum-like quality, you can easily...

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  • Our planet needs your creativity and engagement! What is your contribution to sustainability?

    Before having to deal with sustainability in the last months I had a very confused idea of what sustainability really is - and I found out a lot of people are confused as well! When I first knew I was involved in the organization of a workshop on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development promoted by the UN, I started to do what I generally do in these new situations: google! According to Ban Ki Moon “The new agenda is a promise by leaders to all people everywhere. It is an agenda for people...

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