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New science, technology and humanity united for the future of Turin

There are two new allies for the 21st century, and they are called technology and humanity. Turin is the place chosen to sign this alliance. It is held at the Institute of Advanced Studies new science, which will be presented today – Wednesday, April 20 – at 5:30 pm, in the Tribute Hall of Valentino Castle. The project, which was born three years before the collaboration between the University and the Polytechnic, has the ambition to be a meeting point for the humanities and the applied arts: a bridge between knowledge, to build the future of Turin.

“It is a question of opening a European path to data exploitation,” explains philosopher Maurizio Ferraris, president of Scienza Nuova. “Turin, the region that gave birth to Olivetti and has a university and arts that are far more important than its demographic base might suggest, seems well positioned in this direction. In these three years, we have been looking for implementing partners to develop our research, and we have found them, and now we are able to calculate Our first results, obtained despite the epidemic.” The results will be presented by Ferraris today, together with Polytechnic University President Guido Saraco, Vice-Rector Giulia Carluccio, Alessandro Zenaro – Vice-Chancellor of the University’s Third Mission, and Giovanni D’Orpiano, University Representative. Scientific Council of Senza Nova.

“The university and the polytechnic are two great complementary realities, which for a long time looked at each other with suspicion because the times were not ripe, and between humanity and technology there seemed to be an abyss erroneously.” But this is not the case, and to understand this, just look at history: Scienza Nuova owes its name to the famous treatise by Giambattista Vico, who already at the end of the eighteenth century supported the need to study reality by merging two disciplines – philology, which allows making sure of Certain facts following a scientific method, and philosophy, which is the search for truth and general laws to which individual events can be traced. In the age of the rise of technology and the spread of data, the fascist logic still applies: “We must not forget that understanding the potential of the web happened in California and not in Texas (where there are also Texas gadgets) because there was a lot of human and political thinking there,” Ferraris explains.

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Humanity is at the service of technology, and vice versa. To design and promote a new model of “Webfare”It is a topic formulated by the philosopher in his book Dushansanreleased in Laterza in 2021: “The Webfare project developed by Scienza Nuova wants to go beyond criticism and proposition of invention. Americans invented digital liberalism, Chinese invented digital communism, as Europeans we can create digital humanity. Because we have the right to demand the data we produce from the platforms (which is a law of the European Union), we need to create civic and humanitarian platforms that request, manage and benefit from this data, with our consent, and return the value it had to humanity. They produce themselves through their web activity.”

What goals does Scienza Nuova set for itself for the future? “From a practical point of view, finding various cultural, political and industrial partners to develop and strengthen Webfare, making Turin a pioneering reality and a social, technical and political laboratory. From a theoretical point of view (because we are professors and love theories), we develop the extraordinary possibilities of this human heritage that is the Web ” . The richer capital is the more involved.