Communication Festival 2023 between science, innovation and memory

The tenth edition of Communication FestivalFrom September 7 to 10 in Camogli, the University of Genoa, National Institute of Nuclear Physics and Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa H Champions of the scientific world to discuss new discoveries, emerging technologies and cultural influences.
How can we live with intelligent machines? What should we expect from the upcoming developments of artificial intelligence? And what do they tell – and suggest – the latest scientific news about our past and our genetic history? The 2023 edition of the Camogli Communication Festival, dedicated to the theme of memory, will be a journey between research and technology, dedicated to discovering the new and above all to understanding how the innovations and discoveries we are talking about lead to both interpretations and new nuances of the very concept of memory, between biology and digital, From the dimension of open space to the dimension of our human nature.

Thursday 7 to Sunday 10 SeptemberThe four-day event conceived by Umberto Eco with current directors Danco Singer and Rosangela Bonsignorio has reached its tenth edition this year and brings together excellence in Italian scientific and technological research, with a large program dedicated to innovation developed in collaboration with the University of Genoa (UniGe), the Institute The National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) and the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa, festival partners who will bring great personalities from the Italian scene to Camogli.

Among the most eagerly awaited meetings is the meeting with Sahra Talamo, who worked for ten years at the Max Planck Institute with Nobel laureate Svante Pääbo and now runs a laboratory in Bologna specializing in carbon-14 dating, who will be giving a lecture dedicated to the “Unforgettable” hour Prehistory “and the latest scientific research on the interaction between us and Neanderthals. Guido Barbugani, geneticist at the University of Ferrara, continues in this edition also the meetings of the multi-year trend of Homo sapiens dealing with racial alternatives and what it means to be a migratory species. Then the focus of a lecture by Nello Cristianini Giorgio Metta, Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Bath in Britain, on “living with intelligent machines” at a historical moment in which it became possible to delegate decision-making processes to these automated systems. On a similar topic, Giorgio Meta, Scientific Director of the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa, will hold a dialogue with the poet Guido Catalano On “high-tech humanity”, to emphasize how the humanities and technical-scientific fields can precisely converge through the latest applications of AI. Once again, Maurizio Ferraris will discuss how much memory is natural and how much it is artificial, with reflections that seem even more fundamental in the era of ChatGPT.

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Geologist and scientist Mario Tozzi will tell “uncharted stories of a sea that almost disappeared”, and in a conversation with Professor of Physics and Climatology at the University of Turin, Elisa Palzzi will address the thorny issue of “climate falsifiers”. Dario Bressanini will speak about his guide to food self-defense, Silvia Ferrara and Giorgio Vallortegara will discuss the topic of symbols and the role they have played in human evolution, Alberto Diaspro will focus on the artificial microscope, while “everything is calculated, in small doses” will be the inspiration for the duo Lorenzo Baglioni – Piergiorgio Odifreddi They are an inevitable couple now at the Festival of Communications. Licia Troisi and Luca Perri will talk about “scientific fantasies”, between science and science fiction, while Margherita Hack’s legacy of science publishing (ten years after her death) will be the heart of the debate between Caterina Boccato, Federico Taddia and Walter Riva.

The University of Genoa and the National Institute of Nuclear Physics will degrade and deepen the theme of the 2023 Festival – “Memory” – in various meanings that can refer to technology and artificial intelligence, to science through a series of meetings dedicated to Earth, arts and knowledge, with special attention to experiments related to open science and sharing Scientific developments with the public. We will talk about the technological memory of the future with Michela Spagnolo, Lorenzo De Micheli, Marco Vimali, Davide Giglio and Andrea Bagn, about the memories of the stone with Clario Di Fabio and Aurora Cagnana, about the memories of the Earth with Fabrizio Penente, Francesco Facchini and Fabio Negrino, about the memories of the sea with Giorgio Pavstrello, Marco Giovine and Stefano Schiaparelli, about Memory of information and open data with Fabrizio Benente, Mauro Taiotti and Stefano Schiaparelli (with a speech by Dean of the University of Genoa Federico Delfino) and memory of sound with Raffaele Melas. Once again, Alessio Caminata will talk about how to preserve the data of a scientific experiment that is coming to an end, using the example of Borexino, the particle physics experiment of the Gran Sasso National Laboratories. Stefano D’Avigny will lead the discovery of the dark universe with Euclid’s experiment, Stefania Farinone will focus on the Genoa Franchise of Superconducting Magnets, Lea Di Noto and Luca Marsicano on the search for light and heavy dark matter, and Enrico Roboti on perspectives on accelerator physics. Marco Vimali, Francesca Garaventa, Allie Paavo, Philocque, Rafael Rabaudengo, and Maria Pena Osai will lead the audience on soundbites from the Anthropocene, while Caterina Boccato, Giorgio Chiarelli, Fabrizio Benenti, and Eliana Ruffoni will discuss how science is communicated today.

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Innovation, technology and science also become protagonists of the activities around the festival, with customized excursions and workshops. For technology enthusiasts of all ages, the Electronics Laboratory in collaboration with DITEN, Department of Marine, Electrical, Electronic and Communication Engineering of the University of Genoa will investigate innovations in modern electronics where synergy between man and machine is increasingly essential. Industry experts, authors of prestigious scientific papers and motivated young students will guide us in discovering the new targets of artificial intelligence: artificial skins that react to touch, robotic arms – “wankers” – that explore the surrounding space, electronics applied to guitar effects at rock concerts, or drones. That serve coffee, or mechatronic systems for automated clinical diagnostics, or to chase the ball in a tennis rally or to land a drone with precision.

The trekking program will then include one of the most panoramic trekking routes in the region on the Bocche-Falciara track, with a story dedicated again to Margherita Hack, on a 100-year walk. Federico Tadia – friend, collaborator and biographer of the most disheveled scientist in the entire galaxy – together with former director of Portofino Park Alberto Gerani accompanies young and old on an exciting and engaging journey to discover the many lives of Margherita Hack: astrophysicist, researcher, athlete, cyclist, cat lady, campaigner, actress and writer .
The detailed program of the festival with individual events, dates, times and locations is available on All Communications Festival events are free of charge, subject to availability. Reservations are required for some appointments, and reservations open on Monday 28 August at 12.00.

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com.unica, 13 August 2023

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