Valeria Della Valle è stata docente di linguistica a La Sapienza di Roma e autrice di innumerevoli testi accademici e di divulgazione, è stata tra i redattori del dizionario Treccani della Lingua Italiana e ha collaborato a molti programmi RAI dedicati alla lingua. Nessuno meglio di lei poteva affrontare un’aspetto dimenticato ma non certo secondario del regime fascista, come quella della sua manipolazione linguistica. Un aspetto affrontato da Orwell in 1984 in un paragrafo intitolato ” I princi
Nuovi algoritmi di "apprendimento profondo" sono in grado di imparare da soli a giocare a una molteplicità di videogiochi e di scoprire autonomamente le strategie migliori per vincere. Le impressionanti capacità di queste forme di intelligenza artificiale mettono però in evidenza per la prima volta nella storia dell'umanità una totale dissociazione fra intelligenza e consapevolezza
All’ombra della crisi del Partenone rischiamo di perderci un altro passaggio storico, non nella politica europea ma nell’industria mondiale: il fallimento degli algoritmi. Ovvero: il ritorno degli umani. È incredibile: ce lo siamo dovuti far dire dai tecnocrati 2.0 della Silicon valley....
In response to “Even an Earthquake Can’t Stir Student Empathy,” an opinion piece by Ranjan Adiga in the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Red & Black set out to find if a lack of empathy was apparent within the student body at the University of Georgia.
“We must recognize the empathy vacuum in our classrooms and, as an extension, in society,”
wrote Adiga, an assistant professor of English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. He based this judgment upon a single day in a single classroom: April 27, 2015, two days after a massive earthquake shook Nepal and killed over 8000 people. Adiga is originally from Nepal and had family still living in the country at the time of the quake.
"We have created a culture of humiliation. There is another price tag to public shaming. The price is not measured in the cost to the victim but rather the price measured by the profit of those that prey on them. The violation of others is ruthlessly mined and packaged and sold as a profit. Whether it is for likes, clicks or perverse pleasure, shame is a commodity and public humiliation is an industry. How is money made? Clicks," she argues.
Her answer to this issue is empathy. She believes that spreading empathy, flagging bullies online and posting positive comments is the only way to combat the problem
After coordinating scientific research for the United States during World War II, including initiating the Manhattan Project, the engineer Vannevar Bush set his sights on a pacifist instrument for world knowledge.
In the July 1945 issue of The Atlantic, Bush outlined his vision for a head-mounted camera attached to “a pair of ordinary glasses” that would record comments, photographs, and data from scientific experiments: “One can now picture a future investigator in his laboratory. His hands are free, and he is not anchored.” His “camera … of the future,” no “larger than a walnut,” worn on “a pair of ordinary glasses … where it is out of the way of ordinary visions” was in many ways a forerunner of today’s augmented-reality devices.
For decades we’ve been inching closer to popular augmented-reality technologies to enhance the physical world—each new iteration promising to turn the entire world into a computing interface—but only in the past couple of years have headsets no longer needed to be enormous, bulky, and expensive, and superimposed images advanced beyond thin lines.
Three-year clinical trial results of the Argus II retinal implant (“bionic eye”) have found that the device restored some visual function and quality of life for 30 people blinded by retinitis pigmentosa, a rare degenerative eye disease. The findings, published in an open-access paper in the journal Ophthalmology, also showed long-term efficacy, safety and reliability for the device.
Retinitis pigmentosa is an incurable disease that affects about 1 in 4,000 Americans and causes slow vision loss that eventually leads to blindness.
Using the Argus II, patients are able to see patterns of light that the brain learns to interpret as an image. The system uses a miniature video camera connected to the glasses to send visual information to a small computerized video processing unit and battery that can be stored in a pocket. This computer turns the image to electronic signals that are sent wirelessly to an electronic device surgically implanted on the retina in the eye.
The Argus II received FDA approval as a Humanitarian Use Device (HUD) in 2013 and in Europe Argus II received the CE Mark in 2011 and was launched commercially in Italy, Germany, France, Spain, The Netherlands, Switzerland and England.
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