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 p.m., in the tribute room of the Valentino castle. The project, born three years before the collaboration between the University and the École Polytechnique, aims to be a meeting point between the humanities and the applied arts: a bridge between knowledge, to build the future. from Torino.

“It is a question of opening a European way to the exploitation of data”, explains the philosopher Maurizio Ferraris, president of Scienza Nuova. “Turin, the region where Olivetti was born and which has a much larger university and arts than its demographic base would suggest, seems well positioned in this direction. During these three years, we have been looking for implementation 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 today by Ferraris, in collaboration with the President of the Polytechnic University Guido Saraco, the Vice-Rector Giulia Carluccio, Alessandro Zenaro – Vice-Chancellor of the Third Mission of the University and Giovanni D’Orpiano, University representative. Scientific Council of Senza Nova.

“The university and the polytechnic school 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 wrongly.” But this is not the case, and to understand this, it is enough to look at history: Scienza Nuova owes its name to the famous treatise by Giambattista Vico, who already at the end of the 18th century supported the need to study reality by merging two disciplines – philology, which makes it possible to ascertain certain facts according to a scientific method, and philosophy, which is the search for truth and general laws to which individual events can be traced. At a time of the rise of technology and the dissemination of data, the fascist logic still applies: “We must not forget that the understanding of the potential of the web was made in California and not in Texas ( where there are also Texan gimmicks) because there was a lot of human and political thinking there,” says Ferraris.

Humanity serves technology, and vice versa. Design and promote a new model of “Webfare”It is a subject 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 the proposal of invention. Americans invented digital liberalism, Chinese invented digital communism, as Europeans we can create digital humanity. Because we have the right to demand from platforms the data we produce (which is a law of the European Union), we must create civic and humanitarian platforms that demand, manage and benefit from this data, with our consent. , and return the values ​​he had for humanity. They happen through their web activity.

What goals does Scienza Nuova set for the future? “From a practical point of view, finding diverse 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 are developing the extraordinary possibilities of this human heritage that is the Web”. The richest capital is the most involved.