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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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  • 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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