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  • Ivo Monzio Compagnoni

    Was quite impressive how the South Korean people love their work, the holy work, and I never understood as European if it’s too much hour per day as human being, or it’s a cultural matter, an intrinsic and unshakable willing to do the best of you can.

    The behaviour of the companies on acquiring competitors seems by the book, less opponent pressure, more market power and economy of scale, even in research. every move is part of a strategy limited only by the anti-trust organisation which protect the consumers and the social wellbeing.

    The idea about the economic cycle was also interesting. In the technology field seems faster and shorter than the other traditional sectors; between a crisis and a strong period of innovation and development could pass only few years. If we consider the cryptocurrency in the same area of high tech the relation with the bitcoin is immediate.


    I agree completely with Luca, today it’s quite normal to see a big tech company spread in any kind of project, you’ve made a lot of example, one that always catch my attention was and is the google self-driver car, simply unbelievable only few years ago.

    (just a fun fact, Alexa of Amazon has some slight problem, including laughing without any reason. In a creepy way.


    And some Jimmy Kimmel do some jokes about that

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMJm4cZ9yxQ  )

    About the second article you posted, I found amazing that the only 5% of the corporate innovation outposts in Silicon Valley is composed by the software sector. For example, the unique Italian enterprises established in the Silicon Valley, namely Luxottica and Enel, are not located there, as one could imagine, because they are involved in the production of software or similar. Rather, they choose to settle there for its amazing spill over of knowledge and capability of the employees who work in that area which thus benefit from being in a such a brainstorming environment.

    Another topic that struck me during the intervention of Tuesday was the low relevance of cost for high specialized labour. In a globalized world we have two sides of the same coin; the enterprises constantly run to achieve the cheapest product and at the same time, are prepared to make huge invest to be always at the edge of innovation and have the best human capital.

    (I would share with you some article about this, but I find only complex data and financial reports, if you are better than me, please share!

    Here you are a friendly user site about the Silicon Valley R&D situation

    http://svcip.com/ )

    have a nice evening,


    Ivo Monzio Compagnoni


    Obviously, I just notice that I was to focus on answering to Luca’s post that I even forgot to say hello to anybody, so hello everybody, I hope to have your forgiveness.

    Your sincerely,




    Hello to all,

    Thank you for your answer @Ivo Monzio Compagnoni , I saw that more or less our thoughts are very similar.

    It is really strange to think of an intangible coin; The exchanges were regulated by gold, and then replaced by legal currency, now instead? Soon we will no longer have the “piece of paper” when we go to pay at the cash desks of any store.

    This is the beauty of innovation, continuous change. With regards to Alexa, the problems that have been found are many, this voice assistant can answer many questions, but strangely if you ask something about CIA the device turns off automatically (very funny).

    The events are leading to the modification of our habits, we are constantly evolving, as well as our ways, our lifestyle, our way of solving problems.

    The world is changing so fast that not only the production processes, but also the technologies and the products become obsolete in a few years, and the thriving markets suddenly become poor.

    Markets change rapidly, the availability of technologies at decreasing costs increases with exponential speed, the competitors multiply and the products immediately become obsolete. The successful companies are those able to create new knowledge, innovate continuously, give quick answers, process and manage a huge amount of digital information.

    In the digital economy, companies will have to increase their ability to compare and make alliances with companies that produce similar services, but above all they will have to prepare to compete with companies that have their customer’s client.

    The professional technological solutions have sustained a significant acceleration of the maturation process.

    I attach the chart with the life cycle of emerging technologies,


    The new economy travels on a binary path: that of knowledge and that of products and services. The knowledge is a scarce resource but potentially infinite, it is a non-competitive asset. On the other hand, products and services are competitive goods, which have to deal with the scarcity of resources that nature makes available to us. Their growth is not infinite, but technology, intelligence, ingenuity and human creativity can “do more with less”, ie constantly find new solutions to improve the quality and quantity of results.

    I share with you a short but interesting article of Panorama,


    Have a nice evening,


    • This reply was modified 6 years, 2 months ago by Luca.
    Stefania Tibiletti

    Hi Guys! Good job!

    Here I have the last two articles, that also will introduce two new topics:




    But the finish line is almost here!

    if you want to finalize your application in order to have the chance to be part of the SVST 2018, you have to send me your CV within Friday 20 April at 3pm!

    This is my email: stefania.tibiletti@studenti.unitn.it  moreover you have to put in cc Paolo Marenco: marencopaolo@gmail.com

    I will consider as part of your evaluation all the comments until Friday, after that you are free to use the forum to continue to share what you want! In addition if you have questions about San Francisco, the tour or do you need any kind of information, I am here and do not hesitate to contact me! 🙂

    Your CV must be in 1 page format, here you can find a template that may help you

    Have a nice week!




    Hello to you all,

    Nowadays the problem of waste and climate is a very current issue. Although some politicians cannot take this alarm into account, fortunately many entrepreneurs are trying to make a breakthrough in the industry.

    Entrepreneurs are proving that using pollution-reduction technology can be profitable for entire industries.

    We are entering the era of the fourth wave, where the way of seeing things has changed, , It’s not about technology or innovation alone, but how innovation allows people to take action in all new ways, unleashing human ingenuity to ensure that humankind – and the environment we depend on – can thrive and prosper.
    The electricity consumption grows exponentially, as well as increases the production of waste. Humanity needs to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and some roads provide for the use of waste. There are many strategies for turning waste into energy, and this is what they are trying to find many entrepreneurs.
    Various alternatives are being created to turn waste into an energy source. The same cooking oil, for example, once used can be turned into biodiesel to fuel our vehicles. From the landfill of organic waste, on the other hand, large quantities of methane can be obtained to feed factories or to heat buildings. Ethanol, a biofuel, can be produced from the parts of agricultural plants discarded after their harvest. An average person produces 2.2 kg of waste per day. Not everyone knows that 150 million tons of solid urban waste can be transformed into 75 billion kWh of energy, enough to power 650,000 homes every day, and this form of energy production is recognized as having a lower environmental impact than using fossil fuels, such as petroleum derivatives and coal. Many other technologies, on the other hand, are relatively new, and research continues to progress so that new opportunities for exploitation of waste are discovered every year.

    For this, very innovative it was the project of the city of Dubai, pointing very much on the collection and separation of waste. The collection and sorting will be all done thanks to an artificial intelligence that detects its properties; the waste, once collected, will then be used for different purposes: some for the creation of energy, others for the formation of green concrete.

    If a true turning point were reached, most likely the climatic catastrophes would calm down. If we succeeded in creating a cycle where, what we produce then reuse, it would be an important maneuver to create an endless chain that would only bring benefits to ourselves and to future generations.

    Have a nice day,




    Hi everybody! 🙂

    I’m really happy we had the chance to talk about such an important matter, environmental protection is, I think, one of the most important topic that needs to be deeply (and as fast as possible) developed nowadays!

    What troubles me the most about the trump administration on such theme is that Donald trump has withdrawn the United States from the Paris climate agreement, wich leads the nations to fight for a common cause: to fight climate exchange. Unfortunately the problem seem to be denied by the President, just a month ago the Trump administration has proposed to cut off the US programs designed to study and mitigate the effects of climate change, as well as cuts to research on renewable energy; not to talk about the plans to allow oil drilling in nearly all waters off the US coast (I signed few petitions against that by the way). usually impartiality is always the best choice when it comes to talking about topics that touch politics for obvious implications, But in the face of actions that go against the respect of the entire planet and of all living beings that popule it (including humans beign, of course :)) the boundary between impartiality and justice and common sense become very weak ( and my opinion, on this particular matteri s a pretty strong one 🙂 ).

    here a running list by National Geographic of “how Trump is changing the environment” : https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/how-trump-is-changing-science-environment/

    And here a funny article+video about Trumpìs position on the topic: https://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/08/politics/trump-global-warming/index.html


    Luckily the world is full of people determined to act, in this case, the position of businesses is a key point due to their resources and their ability to act concretely and bring the change on a global scale, the different projects named in the article are inspiring and hopeful evidences that something really huge is happening.

    A further and important step forward ha salso beign made by the United Nations with the “Global Goals for Sustainable Development”: “In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone.”

    Five of those 17th Goals are particularly focused on the “environmental well beign”:

    11th Goal: Sustainable cities and communities à Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

    12th Goal: Responsable consumption and production

    13th Goal: Climate action à Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

    14th Goal: Life below water à Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

    15th Goal: Life on land à Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

    I really suggest you all to check the website and read those goals J

    Link:  https://www.globalgoals.org/


    Environmental innovation in essential: sensors, artificial intelligence, digital collaboration and data analytics could make a huge change in the way we use tecnology and make it possible to develop many new sectors focused on the human progress trough environmental protection, this is a big step for the human kind, a problem that has not really being considered for many years is now an important topic in the business sector and it could bringo more awareness to every individual and push to act!

    This new wave of innovation seems to be a start to a path that leads to a better future, it is important that many leading companies are more aware of it ant that they do care about it also!

    The Dubai municipality’s new technology sounds great! The idea of using Articificial Intelligence to efficently sorte very kind of waste and then recycle it its just brilliant as it sounds! I really loved the aim to create a whole ecosystem that engages the public sector and the private one as well as the general public, share informations about this enourmos global issue is vital to ensure maximum empact on a large scale.


    I particularly care about these issues and since I am a Greenpeace supporter, I take this opportunity to invite you all to sign a petition (it only takes 3 seconds! J ) for climate justice that also concerns Human rights!

    Here’s the link : https://act.greenpeace.org/page/21150/petition/1?locale=en-GB

    And why not to take a look on the italian Greenpeace’s website, in wich you can find many informations about global warming, climate change, the artic, fuels, energy, deforestation, oceans and much more: http://www.greenpeace.org/italy/it/


    I wish you all a good evening!

    Arianna 🙂


    Stefania Tibiletti

    Hi Guys!

    Here the eligibility for the SVST 2018

    -Luca Donatone

    -Arianna Apicella

    -Ivo Monzio Compagnoni

    Have a nice day 🙂

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