18 Jul Round Table on AI, Giffoni Hub and Fondazione Mondo Digitale together between robotics and big data

Robotics combined with big data for the planning of educational labs and formats on artificial intelligence addressed to school-age people. During the Round Table “Educate the Artificial Intelligence”, organised under the programme of the Next Generation innovation fest, Giffoni Innovation Hub announced its collaboration with Fondazione Mondo Digitale. Mirta Michilli, General Director of Fondazione Mondo Digitale, said: “On the occasion of 2018 Giffoni Experience we will undertake common activities dealing with artificial intelligence applied to education and media arts, in order to foster young people’s creativity and artistic expressivity”. The labs will focus on educational robotics and its developmental process: “We will focus on the development of humanoid robots that are able to interact with humans using natural language for personalised learning. These innovative labs -addressed to school-age young people-  will enable us to replace traditional robotics-based didactics with a new one combining two technologies: artificial intelligence -which allows the robots to react to a certain environmental interaction- and the new frontiers of using robots -which lets the robots communicate with people continuously readjusting their interactions. This means that the robots can evolve, without following a predetermined behaviour and acquiring information through experience”.

Alfonso Molina and Orazio Miglino

The event was attended by Roberto Tagliaferri, Full Professor of Computer Science at the University of Salerno, Stefano Mancuso, Head of Axélero Next, Stefano Marioni, CEO of Extrapola, Orazio Miglino, Full Professor of Developmental Psychology and Educational Psychology and Director of NAC Lab (Natural and Artificial Cognition Lab) at the University of Naples “Federico II”, Pasquale Sessa, President of Young of Confindustria Salerno and Andrea Starace, Professor of Technology at “Scuola Picentia” lower secondary school in Pontecagnano Faiano (Salerno). The moderator was Alfonso Molina, Scientific Director of Fondazione Mondo Digitale and Professor of Technology Strategy at the University of Edinburgh, who took stock of the challenges AI has to face in the educational field. “They’re at least three: the development of high quality educational products and services that are able to integrate the best of pedagogy and of other branches of knowledge, the involvement of schools and the debate on ethical issues, such as privacy, as we need to be sure that data will be properly used”.

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Miglino talked about the risks young people could have to face: “If we consider all technologies -including tablets- we can appreciate the risks: new studies on the early use of technologies showed that babies under a year exposed to technological devices are severely affected in their wake-sleep rhythm. This is a phase of strong neural development, and both dangers and advantages can only be assessed over time. Perhaps the biggest challenges will be monitoring changes and finding solutions”.  Giffoni Innovation Hub is investing in AI in a territory – the Salerno area- with a long tradition in this field, as Computer Science Professor Roberto Tagliaferri pointed out: “The University of Salerno was founded by Eduardo Caianiello, who was one of the main innovators of what was once called cybernetics, which is largely at the basis of neural networks and deep learning, and thus at the basis of traditional and modern artificial intelligence. In line with that, this year the University of Salerno created a new Master’s Degree programme in Computational Intelligence & Data Analytics, Data Science, Statistical Inference and Big Data Analysis”.