Cultural Evolution towards the Post-human

LECTURER
Prof. Paolo Gallina

University of Trieste

DATE: 30th August 2019
TIME: 15:00-16:00 pm
LOCATION: Rigoni Stern Institute, Asiago

Why do we have emotions? Why, when my daughter wants to play at two o’clock at night, is her smile enough not to make me want to throw her out of the window? Our emotions, or rather the emotions involved in social relationships, exist in order to make people do things they would otherwise not do. The emotions were created by nature to enable man to live in small communities such as the family or larger social units like a village, a town or a state. If a person were assimilated into a crowd free to move on the plain, emotions would be the forces that push the crows in a precise direction.

It is from the dynamics, and above all the equilibrium of our emotions set off against our individualistic instincts, that society as we know it takes its form. In making every daily choice, the mind puts on the scales the weights of I and othersand works out a result which is translated into a concrete action. This is why the emotions, apart from being the salt of life, are from the biological point of view decisional tools.

The emotions possess two basic characteristics that make them effective: they are irrational andimmediate. Machines manage to trigger emotions resembling those inspired by interaction with other living beings.

If we then move from the simple sphere of inanimate objects to that of digital systems, from robotics to artificial intelligence, the phenomenon of the generation of feelings that may be defined artificial emotionsreaches dimensions and an intensity that are anything but negligible. This will trace a post-human future where emotions and technical tools can not be separately analyzed. Moreover, there are other important aspects to consider as far as human-machine interactions such as anti-hedonistic machines, persuasive technology and neuroplasticity, which will be presented during the discussion.

Position:  Associate professor in Trieste University

Field: Applied Mechanics for Machinery

Activities:

Boards of Studies – Member

Doctoral Studies Boards – Member

Department’s Board – Member

Teaching staff – Teaching staff

Programme Description       Position

NAVAL ARCHITECTURE AND MARINE ENGINEERING      Boards of Studies – Member

NAVAL ARCHITECTURE AND MARINE ENGINEERING      Boards of Studies – Member

INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERINGBoards of Studies – Member

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING           Boards of Studies – Member

PHD05 – ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE – CYCLE XXX        Doctoral Studies Boards – Member

PHD05 – ENGINEERING AND ARCHITECTURE – CYCLE XXXI      Doctoral Studies Boards – Member

PHD12 – INDUSTRIAL AND INFORMATION ENGINEERING – CYCLE XXXII        Doctoral Studies Boards – Member

COMPUTER & ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING           Boards of Studies – Member

PHD12 – INDUSTRIAL AND INFORMATION ENGINEERING – CYCLE XXXIII       Doctoral Studies Boards – Member

Will be provided during the lecture.