Future needs Stories: Science or Science Fiction?

If it is true that in the next few years technology will completely change everything we do, should we worry about it or experience this transition as an opportunity?

Seven A. I. authorities were on the Audi City Lab stage to analyze this issue from the viewpoint of IoT with Eram Shlomo (Intel), of communication technology with Diego Zucca (Cisco Italy), of creativity with architect Italo Rota, of science with Maurizio Melis (Radio 24), of art with Andrea Lissoni (Tate Modern), of writing with scriptwriter Umberto Contarello, of art history with Philippe Daverio.

Our fears for the future are legitimate because they come from a past that is well represented in our present. Any future development obliges us to face the origins of mankind. Why can’t we use this debate as a chance to wonder what direction is being taken by science, technology, and art – in other words, mankind.

Fiction or reality, history or ultrahistory, science or science fiction? An “asymmetrical” point of view, of humans and robots, electronic football players and brains often leaving their countries, traditions and innovation, drones and pedal bicycles that must not scare. The scientific revolution between the 19th and 20th century was not scary, so the technological revolution of the Third Millennium should not scare. Maybe it is more chaotic. Probably more disrupting. Certainly it is more evident.

Will we lose the ability and pleasure of driving with assisted driving? Will there ever be a moment when we will be “made obsolete” by cars? Will we really go from science to science fiction? The answer is not easy and lies in trying to understand what will still be human the moment A.I. will reach its extreme consequences.

(Text by Danilo Signorello – Photos by Efrem Raimondi)