The Ark Lab is the first conference followed by a debate that, as a provocation, wants to ask The Question with free and open mind from a panel of world renowned scientist and philosophers in the city of Molfetta, Puglia, at the center of mediterranean sea, once a bridge between the eastern and western civilization.
Nell Watson FBCS, FIAP, FRSA, FLS, FRSS, CITP is an engineer, educator, and tech philosopher who grew up in Northern Ireland. Nell founded Poikos (now QuantaCorp). This original, patented technology enables fast and simple 3D body measurement from only two planes (front and side), using a simple cellphone camera, by applying sophisticated deep learning technologies.This service enables fast and accurate personalization services in telemedicine, mass customization, and retail. [See full bio]
Technologist with multidisciplinary background who is passionate about technology. Have worked as researcher in security/cryptography both in industry and academia, with deep expertise in Blockchain and Cryptography. Currently focusing on Blockchain and Cryptoeconomics. [See full bio]
Hannes Sjoblad is an internationally recognised biohacker and human augmentation campaigner. He is a co-founder of the design agency DSruptive specialised in implantable microelectronics. [See full bio]
Enrico Dini was born in Pisa, Italy, in 1962 and graduated in Civil Engineering at Pisa University.
Enrico has spent his entire career in the sector of mechanics, automation and robotics, manufacturing automatic machines. [See full bio]
Roberto Paura is a professional in the field of science communication, futures studies, science&technology studies. Today is the president of the Italian Institute for the Future, the first non-profit organization in Italy focused on anticipation, foresight and long-term scenarios.
Machine Intelligence offers us powerful new ways to solve almost any problem we can imagine. It is revolutionizing every sector of our economy in a way similar to how electrification and motive power transformed life in the 20th century. Businesses will gain instant solutions to complex tasks, as we learn to apply the same techniques to streamline our lives at home. These technologies can transform our communities, making our world more safe and secure, and helping us to manage precious resources in new ways. How can we ensure that so much power can be applied in a way that is fair and equitable, which respects individual rights and cultural differences, whilst also encouraging personal responsibility. How might intelligent machines encourage us to be better caretakers of our planet, and the beings with whom we share it?
The new philosophy of liberty, a perfect syncretism between classical liberalism and the hacker culture, is called crypto-anarchism. Its ambition can be summarized as such: Total transparency for institutions, full privacy to individuals.
Technological advances in the fields of pharmaceuticals, cybernetics and digital biology open for a potentially radical transformation of the human experience. From simply being the products of a blind evolutionary process, we are now able to take the drivers’ seat. We have the capability to transform not just ourselves but also reprogram life itself and all beings around us. This is undoubtedly one of the most dramatic events in the history of biological life – comparable to when the first slime-dwelling creatures left the oceans and crawled unto land. What are the trends and notable drivers in this field? What are the responsibilities that will weigh upon our generation of scentists, entrepreneurs and inventors as we grapple with these new-found supertools? What is the future we should wish for and ultimately work towards creating?
Essere, to be, is not Intel-ligere, to read between the lines, but total-ligere, to read the whole, to have a holistic approach to life.
Is there a common language to let Science, Reason and Spirit return to talk each other?
This is the Question which is obsessing me since a while, yes, even to me, a normal person without a p.h.d in philosophy, but with a deep sense of curiosity and of pain for what is going on in our world.
In the last ten years I devoted a lot of my time in the reading of Ludwig Von Mises and Jiddu Krishnamurti, the first has kindled within me the desire to understand deeply Reason and Logic, the second the investigation of the infinite depth of the inner self.
Who do you think you are to even dare to engage in such deep and complex Question?
I can already hear this comment addressed to me, I don’t know who I am, I just feel a strong cry in my throat to openly ask this Question which seems to not interest seriously anyone anymore.
Because i am truly obsessed with the feeling that if we don’t start from here we will keep touching the effect and not the ultimate cause of the decadence of our society.
I see that Science is not solving all the problems of our world, I see that even the exponential growth of technology, a miracle of the power of our Reason, despite the acceleration which is giving to each of our senses, continues to create endless distortions in our life, in our society, from pollution and futile distractions to ever more powerful weapons of mass destruction and chirurgical wars.
I feel the fear that Science left alone could make our world even worse.
How can we live with this extraordinary opportunity or threat?
I see that our Mind seems ever more distant from plain logic, from common sense, how many of us know the three fundamental principles of elementary logic?
How many of us can no longer understand politics, economics, society?
Don’t we just need logic and common sense to understand all this?
I see alienation, misunderstanding, anxiety, even the parody of a society abandoned to itself, can it be because we are losing the connection with the depth of ourselves?
Can we find a guide returning to read, study, experience the wisdom of ancient traditions and the infinite depths of our soul?
Those are the Questions which I will bring to The Ark Lab as the background of the research and development program even knowing very well that it would give rise to feeling of presumption and misunderstanding.
I know, but someone will have to throw this stone first.
These will be the topics that will be openly discussed at The Ark Conference on the 26th October in the city of Molfetta, Puglia, Italy.
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