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April 7, 2020 at 19:53 #12044
Here we are at the conclusion. Well, what to say? It was an instructive, interesting and above all inspiring experience. As a communication student, unfortunately, I don’t have courses that deal with these topics, so I really appreciated the possibility of being able to participate in this initiative and being able to meet, even digitally, such important guests.
The forum experience was a lot of fun and it was an excellent place for discussion, exchange of ideas and source of readings; moreover, during this period of quarantine it really kept me very company.
Finally, I can thank @paolomarenco for extending the invitation for the “Virtual Silicon Valley” to be held in June to all of us. I can’t wait to attend these conferences!
(All previous conferences have been recorded, if possible I would like to ask for the possibility of recording those of June as we will be in the exam period and therefore difficult to foresee if we will we able to follow the live broadcast).
See ya!!April 7, 2020 at 15:43 #12027
Good questions @giorgiaamatemaggio, very good questions.
Building trust is not simple, it’s something that requires time and patience, it cannot be obtained overnight.
The three sources of information presented, in my opinion it’s good to divide them into two groups, because you have to look at them with different points of view.
The distrust of public authorities derives from the fact that Italian political history is full of corruption, scandals, politicians who have never done their job and who have always thought about their interests rather than those of the country. I myself, have never been interested in politics as I have never seen any kind of concrete result, all the parties in the end have always been the same and there has never been a political figure that I could take as an example or just with whom I shared of ideas. Italy is a beautiful country but unfortunately it has many problems. Instead of finding solutions, politicians are more concerned with hindering each other and maintaining their position at all costs. It’s from here that the great distrust that exists in public authorities derives and in these moments of emergency this distrust makes itself seen and felt to the fullest.
The progressive deterioration of trust in the scientific community is closely linked to the inability of the media to stem fake news. When you allow these news to circulate freely and even some media take these data as true and report them in their services, distrust arises in the media. Consequently, mistrust also affects the scientific community that relies on the media to provide news and discoveries.
The solution to this problem, as @andreastroppa has already written in a very complete answer and which I share at 100%, is clearly to educate the public so that it can evaluate the information to which it is subject with greater skills.
As far as public authorities are concerned, the road is longer and more complicated. In order to regain trust, the public authorities of the future will have to clash with what is unfortunately Italian political history and prove themselves different.
See ya at the conference!April 6, 2020 at 14:07 #11997
as always thank you for all the articles linked, they’re always very intresting.
In response to Ismaele questions, I’d like to say few things. That each one of us is tracked in any activity that is connected in some way to technology is well known. I call myself a great defender of online privacy, in fact I am the first to use VPN or network protocols such as Onion in my network browsing. The protection of privacy is something fundamental in everyday life but in a global emergency situation, as we find ourselves at the moment, the situation is a little more complicated.
In the current circumstances, I am of the opinion that technology, can be and should be used, to trace the contagion and possibly reconstruct what the pathways of a Covid19 patient might have been and consequently protect in advance those who might have come into contact.
Although this is an improper use of this data, the situation is of such seriousness that I think anyone of us can sacrifice a small portion of their privacy in the name of the common good. Uunfortunately, although all the measures taken by the government, many are still people who leave their homes without valid reasons.
I am convinced that, given the emergency, this cannot be defined as a violation of privacy or that it is something wrong, as it is something necessary for the good of all.
What I hope is that once the emergency is over, the use of this information returns to normal and therefore there is no longer such intensive use of data (trusting above all in the transparency of companies such as Google and Facebook).
It is difficult to have a clear image of the future because it is not known what the evolution of this emergency will be. However, there will be many things that will change: from a clear strengthening of medical institutions to a great increase in the use of technology for the monitoring and prevention of future pandemics such as covid-19.
See ya tomorrow!!April 2, 2020 at 19:45 #11925
Mr. Lotito’s presentation was extremely interesting and also very inspiring.
I was surprised by two things: first of all his musical background, I had already read several articles about him and I imagined him a technology guru from all points of view but I was wrong, I did not expect him to be a such good musician.
The second thing that struck me, was his decision not to move his company to Silicon Valley but to stay in Italy. This choice really impressed me. I have always seen both students and entrepreneurs fleeing Italy. His wanting to stay and keep our country as the home of such a successful startup is something I never expected to see.
To answer to @marco-canciani question, it is important to make a distinction between the world of work and the world of university. They are two realities connected by a lot of elements but they are also very different.
I am convinced that we have all the possibilities and the skills to compete on the international market. I was told by some engineer friends, who have supported several job interviews with international companies, that Italians abroad are highly appreciated in the workplace as we are seen as people who are very focused and dedicated to work and very good people to chill with. Sure, sometimes stereotypes appear but it’s normal.
Maybe our universities do not provide all the experiences that international universities offer to their students but I am convinced that those who leave Italian universities have every opportunity to find their place in the international market.March 30, 2020 at 16:36 #11877
To answer to Ismaele, the Silicon Valley is a reality that has been built over time and optimized for that specific type of market that has made it so famous and innovative over the years. For this reason, in my opinion, the Valley is not something replicable elsewhere in the world. I consider it more a model that can be taken as an example to try to build something new, something so innovative and functional that only after a long time, and with a little bit of luck, it could be defined as the “New Silicon Valley”. To obtain such a result, one should try to understand how our society will evolve and consequently try to anticipate future needs, since they were the first to understand how to make money with internet, so that idea it’s already taken. There is also a huge time gap between Silicon Valley and the rest of the world. We cannot recover 20 years easily and above all quickly.
In Italy a Silicon Valley is just not imaginable, except for a drastic change in the country from multiple points of view. As @tommasogaliardi has already pointed out, our country is not at all ready for startups. Italy should think of big changes in order to favor this type of market and above all try to push young people to create and experiment. @lorenzolacchini already made a good point on those!
Finally, what Italy should change is the notion of “faliure”. We are one of the few countries where failure is almost regarded as a capital sin. Something extremely negative that can completely affect your future on the market. This is just crazy for me.
In the Valley, however, failure is considered as part of the journey and can mean the potential success of the next project. Beyond the laws and regulations of the government, what must first change is the mentality of the people. This is the reason for the charm of the Valley and its worldwide success.March 26, 2020 at 19:25 #11844
In response to Ms. robertarabellotti
The seminar presented by Paola Bonomo and Isabella Falautano was extremely interesting. Exploring the world of startups and how they are financed is a topic that is difficult to get to know without someone in that world.
I’m a big fan of a TV series called “Silicon Valley”, a series that follows the story of a group of young developers creating their company and a new internet. The TV series is consequently very tied to the dynamics and functioning of the startups (they are the best moments for me).
Being able to see some elements of the TV series translated into real life and being able to deepen them was as incredible as having the opportunity to follow the seminar presented by two international experts who work in that sector in real life.
Before the seminar, I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what the Business Angels were or all the numerous initiatives to reduce the gender gap in this sector. This is in fact a topic hardly dealt with by the media and consequently very often remains in the shadows (unfortunately!). I am very pleased that there is a strong commitment to promoting and training female figures in the business sector.
It was a very motivating seminar, certainly even after knowing these two experts who worked for some of the most important companies in the world sharing their knowledge and experience with us!
March 23, 2020 at 20:35 #11811
- This reply was modified 3 years, 6 months ago by Niccolò.
it’s been almost a month since the digital lessons replaced the live lessons, well what to say?
At the moment, they are certainly the only means at our disposal to make us able to attend the lessons and continue with our studies. They are able to recreate, even if only in part, the atmosphere of the university classroom but nevertheless they are instruments that in my point of view are very limited.
The main tools we use in our study courses are: podcasts and live shows.
Podcasts are the best way for me to provide lessons to students. In fact, they often prove to be be clearer and with much simpler explanations, probably the result of prepared speeches and given the means, easier to follow.
Live lessons, on the other hand, are an interesting tool but which I personally find not very useful for the purposes of the lessons, this for a very simple problem: interaction. I will go against the current with this but it’s what I sincerely think.
Classroom interaction is a key element of school and university lessons but digital interaction is something that I don’t think fits well with these forced distance lessons. The problem lies in the communication tools, which are not predisposed to support the typical interaction rate that exists between teacher and students. This desire for interaction often turns into slowdowns, errors on the platform and declines in attention.
I, for example, find myself much more attentive to listening to a podcast than to a live lesson.
What will follow this global emergency I think will certainly be a major development and enhancement of these digital systems. The reason is that the coronavirus has thrown the world into a reality that no one could have foreseen, a world in which you are forced to keep a distance from your neighbor. At the end, I think that emergency platforms will be introduced and developed, designed precisely for these specific situations in order to offer the possibility of communicating and interacting remotely with the maximum possible efficiency.March 16, 2020 at 18:35 #11723
ever since I was a kid I have always had a great interest in technology, probably also because my parents have never been huge fan of it (they are a little bit old-fashioned) and I have always seen it as the forbidden fruit.
The best experience with technology that I have memory of was to build my first computer myself. Turning it on for the first time and seeing that what I had patiently built worked was certainly an emotion that I will never forget.
Over the years I have continued to build all my past computers and also all those of my friends and relatives. It’s an activity that I find incredibly rewarding but above all, fun.
The fascination of technology for me derives from the fact that through it it’s possible to constantly learn something and above all that what some people are able to create could be the future. This is also what prompted me to choose Digital Communication, a faculty that although it’s not strictly connected to the creation of technology, as an engineering degree for example, but still allows me to live in contact with what is the environment that I consider most natural for me.March 11, 2020 at 1:05 #11649
My name is Niccolò Puppo. I’m a student of Digital Communication and I graduated last year in Communication, Innovation and Multimedia.
I’m 24 years old and since I remember I always loved two things: technology and comic books. I think this is an immense opportunity that are you giving to us. The Silicon Valley for many aspects is the “brain” of the world and definitely the land of technological innovation. I’m here since I want to learn as much as I can and I genuinely belive that this forum and the conferences will be a great chance to get in touch with fascinating realities that have changed the world in no time. Hearing the stories of some of the old partecipants and how this experience helped them to grow profesionally, made me extremely motivated to attend all the activities that you will offer to us.