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“The Path of Man between Science and Technology” : 40 Years Later The Return to the Moon and the Emergence of Artificial Intelligence

April 16 @ 10:00 20:00 CEST

At the Giorgio Amendola Foundation, Via Tollegno 52 – 10154 Turin (TO)

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 from 10:00 to 20:00

In 1984, on the first issue of the “Rinnovamento” magazine published by the emerging Amendola Foundation, Gianni Jarre, a professor of aerospace engineering at the Polytechnic University of Turin, in an article titled “The Path of Man between Science and Technology” traced the history of the interaction between science and technology, highlighting key moments in their development. Starting from the inventions of Stephenson and Faraday in the nineteenth century, science and technology have evolved in parallel; an example is the scientific understanding of electromagnetism which led to innovations such as the dynamo and the telephone. Jarre then highlighted the role of empirical technique in the success of, for example, the Wright brothers, who in 1903 built the first airplane, defying the predictions of official science and contributing to the development of aeronautics. The growing interconnection between technology, science, and civilization in the twentieth century generated rapid progress in sectors such as missile technology and nuclear engineering. Jarre concluded the article by emphasizing the crucial need to manage the complex relationship between different emerging attitudes in society (“technophilia” vs “technophobia”) to guide society towards a more responsible future civilization.

Today, 40 years later, this need is still present and relevant in emerging technological and scientific challenges, examples of which are the renewed human exploration activities of space and the Moon by all national space agencies, and in the field of computing, the emergence of a new form of artificial intelligence on Earth and in space. Managing these relationships is at the core of the motivations of the Moon Village Association (moonvillageassociation.org), an international NGO dedicated to the sustainable development of lunar exploration, and the Giorgio Amendola Foundation, which has always been committed to issues of the social impact of technologies and emerging scientific challenges. And these are the themes on which we would like to reflect together on this day.

During the all-day (10:00 to 20:00) , there will be representatives from the Moon Village Association, PoliTo, PoliMi, the ITS Aerospace Academy Piedmont, and ITC Linderberg, also will be possible to visit the exhibitions:

“Innovative Technologies for Lunar Exploration”:

“CubeSat Self-propelled” (Newroboticarm)

“Intelligent” Fabrics for Space Exploration (Fiscatech & BeD)

“So Far, So Close”: Cosmic Ray Measurements in Space with the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (ams02.space) and ground control of space missions”;

“Radiation and Safety on the Moon: Active Shielding for Radiation Protection: How fundamental research addresses the problem of shielding from cosmic rays in lunar exploration.

From 15:00 to 18:30 there will be the following speeches

  • 15:00-15:10 “Introduction”, Prospero Cerabona – President of the Amendola Foundation
  • 15:10-15:25 “Istitutional geetings“, Andrea Tronzano – Councilor for the development of productive activities and SMEs and for the Budget – Regione Piemonte
  • 15:25-15:40 “The Moon Village Association”: Giuseppe Reibaldi – President of the Moon Village Association
  • 15:40-16:10 “Robotic Technologies for Lunar Applications and AI”: Giovanni Giordano – CEO Newroboticarm, Giovanni Spada- Newroboticarm, Sergio Lodezzano – Newroboticarm
  • 16:10-16:40 “Wearable Technologies for Health Monitoring: space missions and terrestrial applications”, Giovanni Giordano – CEO Newroboticarm, Sergio Lodezzano- Newroboticarm, Cristiano Paron – Fiscatech, Francesco Bonaccorso- BeD
  • 16:40-17:10 “How astronauts see” Carlo Aleci – Prof. of Psychophysics of Vision at the University of Turin 17:10-17:40 Lecture from Voyager Space
  • 17:40-18:00 Round table on the topics addressed: Prof. P. Maggiore, Prof. S. Pastorelli, and Dr. M. Mancini from PoliTO will intervene
  • 18:00-18:30 Discussion and Conclusion

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