As every year Turin become the Capital of Art in occasion of annual showcase of contemporary art
At the turn of October and November, the art world moves to the city of Cavour and the Savoy for a week, where the arts (especially contemporary arts) take center stage. From artistic works to electronic music, Turin becomes the center of the world for 7 days, showcasing the best of the international scene.
By day, historic palaces and exhibition venues showcase the most hotly contested artworks among collectors from halfway around the world, thanks to Artissima, The Others, Paratissima, Flashback while in the evening, it is the music of Avant Garde that takes over and makes Turin’s nightlife, cosmopolitan and electrifying.
But let’s not forget that Turin, is also synonymous with innovation, startups. During the fall art week it remains an important place where technology continues to play a leading role, joining art projects with new development models (blockchain first and foremost), where the famous NFTs enhance and change the rules of the game related to the possession and exchange of “dematerialized” works.
Other reasons to come to Turin (which is also my city) at this time of year (and not only at this time)? Great food, cosmpolitan and international environment, and if you like Tennis, stay in town next week for the Nitto Atp finals as well.
Ethereum represents an important cryptocurrency for the crypto ecosystem, and The Merge represents a great opportunity to combine the excellent economic opportunities provided by this crypto with the green deal. It is estimated that 99.95 percent of electricity will be saved after this momentous breakthrough.
Ethereum, like all cryptocurrencies, relies not only on complicated mathematical calculations but also the currently used proof-of-work validation process with the more convenient proof-of-stake. This means that block validation will be the responsibility of those who own a large amount of virtual coins.
The system works simply because validators have a dual interest: those who own a lot of ethereum have convenience in having more of it validated; in return for validation, users will receive a reward.
This cryptocurrency, among the big ones, was the first to take the “green path,” but it did so by empowering large virtual currency holders by really creating a community of this currency.
Ethereum has decided to opt for a path that leads to savings in energy consumption something that becomes necessary at a time when the price tends to rise exponentially.
Is It better the economically or “naturally” survive?
We are coming from one of the worst historical periods, from any economic or non-economic point of view, that has ever occurred up to now; the consequences of first the pandemic and then the war have completely altered the economic and non-economic values of our Planet. The effects on the economy were unquantifiable, just think of the increase in inflation that far exceeded the target-target set around 2 percentage points before COVID.
This has led to an ‘economy yes hurt and colluded by these events, but in constant movement; movement that is always growing to avoid being crushed. What does this mean? Businesses are producing more and more in order to secure revenues to cover their costs, and all of this inexorably spills over into the health of the Planet. For years, since the Industrial Revolution, the effects of the economy and the revolution itself on the environment have been visible; disastrous consequences for our Planet are expected to continue at this rate.
The picture described would seem to have no way out, whether economic or environmental, collapse would seem to be the only sad ending; there may be a solution, which is to make sustainability the centerpiece of the economy. “Ride” the wave of environmental awareness by making it the main focus of the economy.
Our planet is facing an incredible set of challenges. At planet:tech, leading innovators, startups, companies, and activists come together to discuss the solutions to our environmental crisis.
The Planet:Tech conference powered by Web Summit returns, Nov. 1-4, 2022 in Lisbon. Technology will be back in the news with a particular look at environmental preservation and how technology will save the world. Experts, policymakers, activists and entrepreneurs will shed light on the focus of environmental exploitation and the climate crisis that is sweeping the world.
For four days they will return to the topic of saving the planet and how in this case technology can help us create the world, a better place to live. The environment is sending us several ill signals and it is our job to act as soon as possible to save this situation that touches you all so closely. We will address the climate crisis and through technology try to understand how it can influence to improve our world.
A series of talks focused by topic will address global preservation by examining all the scientific, commercial and cultural impacts to introduce new technologies that are less impactful to our planet but equally necessary for a dutiful change of course. From carbon removal to utilization through the study and development of plant technologies to new proposals for innovation. Four days for the preservation of the world.
Whether the choice of a design panel is motivated by personal taste or by specific laws designed to protect architectural and landscape assets, companies today offer not only economically and environmentally advantageous solutions, but also visually appealing. The integrated photovoltaic system
The integrated photovoltaic system, as opposed to the old unsightly models, is pleasing to the eye because the panels do not emerge from the roof, but are integrated with it. Providing different levels of integration to the roof, it is the perfect solution for period or more classically styled buildings. Photovoltaic panels that become art.
Some Italian companies have come up with photovoltaic panels that enchant the eye. The full black panel (i.e., with a completely black surface), turns into a screen that lends itself to various decorations. Among the many examples, modern artworks and Leonardo's Vitruvian Man have been recreated on their surface.
Among other solutions offered on the market, we find the combination of triangular and rectangular dimodules for creating a sought-after effect on the roof. For those who do not like roof panels, there are glass products suitable to be used and applied slle vertical surfaces of your home, on windows and / or facades, totally decorative taste.
Also a real novelty are the innovative aesthetic solar films made in Turin, proposed by an innovative startup. The idea comes from cars and car wrapping (a similar process also used in interior design to cover objects and surfaces), with special films. Customized covers (like those of smartphones) can be created to make the panels invisible and at the same time, protect them from external agents.
Bitcoin and renewable sources: these are two of the “hot topics” inflaming public opinion. In this context, it was thought to combine the two in order to turn the current situation around.
Although Bitcoins have several advantages, quite a few people have doubts. This is because the process of “mining” (creating) bitcoins, called precisely “mining,” requiring the intensive use of computers, is highly polluting. However, starting this year, a breakthrough is beginning that will make bitcoins totally sustainable. In addition, digital currency offers us a way to end the traditional power distribution system based on the center-periphery model. SolarCoin, the cryptocurrency that innovates photovoltaics
The ongoing debate
SolarCoin is the green digital currency offered by the SolarCoin Foundation that enables multiple exchanges. Each producer on the territory can, in fact, feed the energy it produces through wind and photovoltaic plants into a smart digital grid. In return he will receive, in addition to various benefits, 1 SolarCoin for each MWh of energy produced. Membership in the Foundation allows one to receive SolarCoins, which can then be exchanged for currency or Bitcoin. SolarCoin is a global, independent entity that incentivizes the entry of new producers and products into the ecosystem.
The environmental premises of the Metaverse are diverse, all centered on the impact it can have on human life and terrestrial ecosystems.
This virtual world of infinite possibilities will actually be able to accommodate a range of events that currently affect global warming, emissions, and the conservation of flora and fauna. We will become more connected without leaving home. Inevitably, this will have a positive impact on reducing environmental costs in the public and private transportation sectors.
People will be able to attend concerts, lectures, go to the movies without leaving home.
It should not be forgotten that the metaverse is accessible through augmented and tellimixed reality viewers and systems. These will be able to provide an unprecedented level of immersion through communication with artificial intelligence based on biometric parameters. On the one hand, this ensures that the virtual world adapts to our bodies almost imperceptibly. Our eye movements are read and interpreted to understand our emotions, personality and as we use these devices.
Virtual worlds can even change our personality, influence our tastes and create biases that are difficult to remove.
In accordance with the principles of the green economy and the United Nations 2030 agenda, there are several Italian startups that play a prominent role in shaping a new sustainable development.
Let’s look at some of them:
Next: the modular vehicle that performs multiple functions! Cab, van, hub or car share.
Orange Fiber: patented and produces sustainable fabrics from citrus juice by-products; the first fashion collection made with Orange Fiber was launched in 2017.
Domethics: Adriano turns your phone into a smart home gateway. Your old Phone becomes a powerful and affordable smart home gateway able to manage any smart devices. Awarded by Innovative solution by CES 2022.
CarboREM: builds and designs plants to treat organic waste and sewage debris. The startup’s ultimate goal is to improve energy efficiency, lower the volume of debris and increase biogas production.
Daze Technology: the first company in the world to develop DazePlug, an automatic conductive charging system.
Energy Dome: in order to maximize the use of renewable energy and reduce dependence on fossil fuels, the company uses CO2 to create energy storage reserves.
Sunspeker: born in 2022, its patented wrapping technologies allow to cover any solar panels to protect and reduce visual impact and in the same time maintain high solar efficiency.
Test1: studies polyurethanes to minimize hydrocarbon spills.
With vaccines, anything can be done, thanks in part to technology that helps create safer, more usable spaces.
Often technology becomes more human, to get closer to what are the needs of users, and in recent years of Covid-19 pandemic there have been many cases to confirm what we said. A historical period that has marked all, for various reasons, we are now dedicated to explore what have been the difficulties of many companies and how technology has come to the rescue for a more rapid return to normal.
Corporate events, business on standby
Covid-19 disrupted companies, forced them to reinvent themselves and make a huge sacrifice, namely to have contact with customers and suppliers. For many firms, the losses have been substantial and some sectors have even been forced to stop. Corporate events have been completely eliminated or only realized as online meetings. Of course, human contact and interaction have always been lacking, and even before the restrictions were loosened, everyone was looking for ways to repropose corporate events in presence.
User experience, from virtual to real-world design
In order to better organize corporate events in this period where, thanks to vaccinations and superior attentions, it seems that the pandemic is starting to leave more space and respite, we bet on a trump card that has been used for years by technology companies, namely the User Experience. In practice the organization such to make live a satisfactory experience and facilitated instead of seen towards a product is used for the design of real environments. This place, where business events will take place, must have some basic characteristics well defined
be controlled from the point of view of health safety, to ensure that all guests have a peaceful stay,
include all the necessary strategies to give safety to the people who attend the environment also with regard to the laws in force.
We can therefore define it as a new method of managing spaces and investing in the evolution of companies and their events, in order to restart after what has been a global economic blow, namely the pandemic from Covid – 19.
When Elon Musk became co-founder of Tesla in 2003, he wasn’t the only one who wanted to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles. Numerous manufacturers understood, just as he did, that the market for clean cars was a blue ocean, as they say in the jargon, an area where there was a lot to gain.
The example of Tesla: beauty and innovation
Someone had even preceded him. Let’s think, for example, of Toyota and its Prius, the first mass-produced hybrid car, whose history dates back to 1997. The model had broken down the frontier between fossil fuel vehicles and new generation cars, projecting in some way the automotive world into the future. The Prius, however, had a serious flaw, which Musk and his collaborators in Tesla noticed immediately: it was ugly. That’s why the mission of the pointed T became to produce strictly electric cars that also had a satisfying design for the eye, which as we know always wants its share.
The question brought to light by Tesla is not secondary. Having established that there is no alternative to the ecological transition, if we want to prevent our planet from imploding, we must find a way to make the transition to clean energy positive and acceptable to all. The aesthetic side can play a key role in this. Humans are much more willing to accept something beautiful over something that is undoubtedly useful but not very satisfying to the eye. Last year some Italian creatives presented their own clean city project, during the Innovation Cloud fair in Rome, imagining a possible face for the smart cities of 2050. Although undoubtedly futuristic, that concept presented a very valid idea of a beautiful and clean city.
In fact, it was possible to see hi-tech bell towers that allowed for the refueling of electric vehicles; zero-impact treadmills to facilitate pedestrian mobility; a deep interconnection between buildings through architectural plug-ins and functional street furniture – which relentlessly stores energy and enables data connectivity – and a transparent road surface from which it was possible to observe vehicular traffic, relegated underground to lanes forbidden to pedestrians and velocipedes. At the current stage, a reality like this is still a dream, but planning and the involvement of urban planning and landscaping professionals in the transitional work can help us achieve such ambitious goals. Combining the useful and the pleasant is possible, but the decision makers must really want it.