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  • Will robots replace artists?

    Our series of talks with Federico Faggin goes on with another crucial question. Are robots capable of producing art? As you previously explained, consciousness is the main property that distinguishes humans from robots. Within an imaginary competition between humans and robots, would consciousness be considered as an empowering tool for human beings or should it be seen as an element that increases their vulnerability against the “Artificial Intelligences”? It depends on how the game is set up...

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  • When a robot received Saudi Arabian citizenship

    There is a humanoid robot called Sophia which just got Saudi Arabian citizenship. Do you think it’s scary that, in the future, humans will accept robots as individuals in their communities? "To be fair, there is not much to expect from Saudi Arabia, a country which has human rights issues itself. Furthermore, Sophia is a mere classical PR stunt -he stresses- its movements are highly mechanical and robots can actually do so much better. He incites us not to project an image of consciousness on a...

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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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  • 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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