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January 16, 2019 at 12:40 #3312
Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend any meeting unless it’s during the Easter break, when I’ll be back in Italy. Would anyone be able to give me a brief summary after the meeting? (Any media is ok with me: forum, email, Skype, WhatsApp, Facebook etc.)
I agree aswell with the idea of offering more places on the bando, and I’m sure that it’s possible to find cheap flights if booked in advance.
Good luck with your exams! We got this! 🙂
All the best,
CelesteJanuary 5, 2019 at 22:47 #3238
What you all wrote about pollution made me reflect a lot. Here’s some food for thought from me.
Innovations that reduce pollution.
We are in the middle of an environmental crisis. Moving from Verbania, one of the least polluted cities in Italy, to Leeds, one of the most polluted cities in the UK, have made me realise the tragic social implications of pollution. I remember at the beginning of the year hearing a man talking about how he got lung cancer because of the high levels of particulate matter and chemicals in the air of Leeds. This has deeply touched me, because it made me think of what will be of the world if we continue being environmentally irresponsible.
In my opinion, there are two sectors in particular that need to change in order to create a sustainable future: city planning (which includes energy, construction and transports) and retail.
How can technology and intelligent connectivity help cities solve real world problems in an efficient and sustainable way? According to the world health organization by 2050, over 68% of the world’s population will live in cities. As the world’s population is rapidly growing how will cities adapt to this change? Imagine a city in which you won’t have to look for a parking spot anymore, in which road traffic injuries will be a story of the past, and you won’t have to go to the countryside just for a breath of fresh air. I truly believe in smart cities, and I think that by changing the way we plan our cities we will also be able to tackle pollution problems. Buildings will have solar panels, wind turbines etc. incorporated to provide clean energy to the city or even be self-sufficient. Elon Musk’s vision of transportation through high speed tunnels will replace the busy traffic that is currently dominated by loud vehicles.
The fashion industry is one of the largest industrial polluters in the world. In fashion, 150 billion articles of clothing are made every year, and 90% of these textiles end up in a landfill and then most of the times are burned. I think there is a need for people to understand the effects of fast fashion. There is a number of start-ups that are trying to tackle this problem. EON, for example, is a startup dedicated to creating a sustainable circular future of fashion. It uses the internet of things to connect a garment to all steps of the value chain, so that it facilitates recycling of the materials. Another cool start-up is Agraloop, which takes waste from fibrous food-crop production (eg.banana and pineapple) and then it transforms it into fibers for use in textiles. There are so many opportunities to improve the fashion industry (so if you have an idea hit me up)!
I think the idea of “Apple puree cutlery” is also worth a try! I don’t personally find it very appealing by looking at it, but I’m sure the design can be improved! I try to avoid plastic cutlery when I eat packed lunch from home, so I think this could be a great alternative.
There are so many industries that require transformation to guarantee the children of our children a sustainable future. I am sure that we can find something to improve in everything. I highly recommend to check EON out, especially if you are interested in supply chain. Link: https://www.eongroup.co/
All the best,
CelesteJanuary 5, 2019 at 19:04 #3235
I hope you had a happy and healthy start of the year. I found extremely interesting what you wrote about drones! Here’s what I think.
Drones have been object of debate multiple times, for different reasons. The different kinds of drones bring up concerns about safety, ethics and legality. Of course different drones serve different purposes: from simple recreational use (0-20kg), to military and defence (usually class II= 150-600 Kg, class III= +600kg).
A already mentioned, there are many uses for drones. The ones I was the most aware of were for military and recreational purposes. Reading this forum, many of you have opened my mind to the endless opportunities that they could bring (rescue, disaster prevention, research, repair operations etc.). The one that gets the most attention right now on social media is delivery. Technology for UAV’s delivery is being tested, but we are still at the initial stages for getting drones deliveries as part of our daily lives, even if the technology used is excellent itself. There are a number of external factors that have to face. Poor weather is one of them, as Parcelcopter (nice name!) by DHL has shown by failing during testing. Air-traffic control is another issue if we think that a few small drones have been able to shut down the entire Gatwick airport just before Christmas. And finally, how do we actually drop off the package to destination? I read an article (I can look for it if you’re interested) that highlighted the fact that dropping a box in someone’s backyard could be problematic if there are pets around (could even kill the poor dog trying to make sense of what’s happening in the sky, but I feel this would be too extreme).
Different countries have different regulations for the use of commercial and recreational drones. As many in the forum have already pointed out, Italy has heavy regulations on flying drones. Differently, in the UK, where I go to uni, it is a little easier to run tests on drone deliveries (Amazon is testing drones in Cambridgeshire with permission of the Civil Aviation Authority).
Regulations have been adopted for safety reasons. “Drones and Privacy” (McKelvey et al, 2015) is a very interesting paper that I would recommend to anyone interested in the topic. The study presents the idea that policies on drones are necessary in a society that experienced a rise in terrorism of 43% in 2013. Drones could become targets of hackers that could crash them into crowds, but also stealing information that could facilitate cyber crimes (from your bank details to sensitive military footage)
Privacy is also an issue, but in my opinion we should not consider drones as negative devices just for this reason. We are constantly being recorded anyway. From the time you enter a shop, to the moment you open your laptop. Our information is being shared. You can be recorded having a date with your lover even when you’re sipping tea in a cafè, no drones necessary. In Italy, the law says that you can keep recordings of security cameras in public places for up to 24h, and I think this regulation could be applied to drones as well. As a IB and marketing student, I am often confronted with the data issue. Personally, I consider data as a goldmine, but I am also aware that we shouldn’t abuse of personal info (especially after the Cambridge Analytica investigation). I am perfectly fine with drones mapping urban areas in detail, nevertheless I would no be fine if a firm used drones to record how many times a week I go to the grocery store (that would be pretty annoying). There are boundaries to everything.
There is also the argument about a sustainable future created by UAV’s. I am not sure about whether or not drones used for delivery purposes could actually have a large positive impact on the environment. At the moment delivery drones can take up to 2kg (the Amazon one for example). To substitute completely road deliveries is impractical. However I accept the idea of replacing only the last part of delivery which is actually the one that pollutes the most and that increases delivery costs (the infamous last mile). Totally different is my opinion of UAV’s used for research purposes. They could provide precise air composition data, keep track of wildlife, and get to remote areas. All this information, will be useful in climate change research.
Finally, technology is certainly reshaping our jobs and I am really curious to see which new jobs will disappear and which new ones will be created as drones become more and more advanced.
I will try and post my opinion on the last topic as soon as possible.
CelesteJanuary 4, 2019 at 23:51 #3232
Unfortunately, as Marco Fattalini has said, I have just recently come across this fantastic opportunity, so I will post my opinion on the topics given from now on.
I agree with everyone that says that fake news are a huge issue. Deep fakes even more. It is a problem that I find to be very disturbing. I don’t think there should ever be limits to innovation. However, I think there should be certain limits to how it is employed. The social implications of deep fakes are considerable, not only from a political propaganda point of view but also for the fact that by being overly exposed to fake news people could develop a sense of paranoia that will prevent them from trusting any form of news source. Even the reliable and correct ones.
Researchers (eg. Bansal) agree that the best way to eliminate deep fakes is to employ machine learning models that can detect whether an image is real or generated. Some interesting detection methods include the analysis of simple biological responses to the environment; for instance, lack of blinking in synthetic objects (SUNY), and subtle changes of color that occur in the face as blood is pumped in and out.
It is important to remember that at the moment it is easy to create a deep fake but extremely hard to create a flawless one. All it’s being done to create deep fakes is basically collecting sequences of the frame from a person and input that data into an algorithm that will learn the mapping from one person to another, by mainly selecting spatial and temporal info (generative adversarial network over simplified). This means that at the moment, the previously mentioned methods of looking for deep fakes might work.
Who should take the burden of detecting deep fakes? Well, any company that is targeted by deep fakes could certainly give its contribution. Facebook is interested in developing machine learning models to find deep fakes, so this could be a starting point. However, I also think that sometimes outsourcing is the best option. In the future, firms specialized in the detection of fake news (in particular deep fakes) will become more and more common, and will be employed by platforms/individuals affected by this problem (start-up anyone?). Another powerful weapon to fight “fake news” is education. Children should develop critical thinking skills from a young age and should also be taught how to distinguish a reliable source from a less reliable one. We should educate people about deep fakes (eg. Buzzfeed video of Obama), but try our best to avoid an epidemic of social paranoia.
Having said that, I find that, GAN, the technology behind deep fakes is fascinating. It can be used in endless ways. Last year for example, me and a friend used TensorFlow to transfer the artistic style of Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to a picture of me using deep neural networks (if you’re interested he tagged me on Instagram!). Apparently, GAN, works with audio as well, so how cool would it be if we could generate new sounds using data from Elvis Presley (for example)?
I would love to hear what you guys think of it, but i am also aware that the forum will close soon. Maybe next time!
All the best,
CelesteJanuary 2, 2019 at 19:21 #3224
My name is Celeste (20), I am currently in my second year of BSc International Business and Marketing at the University of Leeds, one of UK’s top business schools. Even though I now attend university in West Yorkshire, I am originally from Arizzano (VB).
Before university, I attended IIS Cobianchi for three years, and then I continued my studies in Maine (U.S.) where I gained the American High School Diploma.
Technology is a big passion of mine. I am interested in technological innovations that solve everyday problems and drive prosperity. I am currently the Branding Secretary for HiTECH Innovation Leeds, a society at my university. My team aims to bridge the gap between innovative ideas and technological knowledge. We organize regular talks (HiTALK), meetings (HiCHAT), movie screenings (HiFILM) centered around technology. We believe in technology as an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural field. I am an advocate for equality and I believe that there should be more women in tech. For this reason, I am in the process of organizing a small conference at my university where women from the tech industry will give speeches about their experiences.
From a business perspective, I have great interest in the application of technology to marketing operations. I have attended several courses at Google Digital Garage; for example, Google digital skills, to deepen my understanding of the existing opportunities in the digital world.
I love the VCO province, and I strongly believe in its potentials. I aspire to become one of the future leaders that will drive change and innovation in this beautiful and resourceful area. I believe in the power of women in tech and through this experience I hope to refine the skills and knowledge I need in order to inspire more females to pursue their aspirations.
Finally, I am sure this opportunity will be an important milestone in widening my professional network, have a deeper understanding of current research trends, and have a better understanding of the skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur.
All the best,
- This reply was modified 1 year, 9 months ago by Celeste Giani.