Robots, the new Weconomy journal

Robots, the new Weconomy journal 16 March 2018

“Robots: is automation collaborative?” Is the title of the latest making weconomy journal which explores the universe of automated and autonomous technologies and their effects on society and businesses.

Robots, the new Weconomy journal

With every day that passes we live in an increasingly automated world. Some people use a Sat Nav to find the quickest route to the office, some get their homes cleaned by teams of robot vacuum cleaners, some ask their mobile phones whether they’re going to need an umbrella today or not.

These are just a few examples from everyday life, but the impact of new technology is far more widespread and profound at both a social and business level. With this in mind, “Robots: is automation collaborative?”, the 12th Making Weconomy journal, offers a series of considerations from over 20 authors and experts interviewed on the topic. The contributions, which take the form of articles and video interviews, emphasise the plurality of opinions required to successfully focus in on the grey areas of an issue that is as topical as it is controversial. And that’s not all. The breadth of professions and backgrounds of the contributors is extremely varied and includes physicists (Massimo Temporelli), journalists (Luca De Biase), philologists (Luca Toschi), managers (Gianpaolo Barozzi, Renato Dorrucci and Carlo Napoli), philosophers (Stefan L. Sorgner) and bioengineers (Alessandro Vato), to name just a few.

The Journal is divided into two macro sections: Society and Business.

The first section therefore outlines some of the effects of extended automation and artificial intelligence on society. After all, society has consistently transformed and has always been influenced by the new discoveries of science and technology. Today we are witnessing increasingly faster and radical changes which could completely alter the relationship between man and machine. Will moving towards algorithmic social models push humanity towards a future that is safer and more prosperous or poorer and more risky?

The section dedicated to business seeks to establish some of the challenges that will have to be addressed in the education and training of future workers. Which people (and technologies) will populate businesses? What kind of relationships will they have? What skills will have to be learned or invented to ensure that humans are not replaced by faster and more powerful thinking machines? Is intelligence only a question of performance?

“Robots: is automation collaborative?”concludes with a section that gathers together content and ideas from the Posthuman exhibition, organised during Milan Design Week 2017, and is enriched with original features such as the 25 questions to ask yourself if you think you know everything about the future of robots. For example, would you know how to answer the following question: What could be the Nutella of a robot?

Lots of questions are posed throughout the journal to help drive the imagination of readers. Because, in this case too, the most interesting questions are the ones we haven’t imagined yet. The journal is available for download on the Weconomy website which, to mark this launch, was completely redesigned, making, for example, the audio files of the articles available so they can be downloaded and listened to at any time.

 

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