Access the Online Archive
Search the Historical Archive of the Pirelli Foundation for sources and materials. Select the type of support you are interested in and write the keywords of your research.
  • Documents
  • Photographs
  • Drawings and posters
  • Audio-visuals
  • Publications and magazines
  • All
Help with your research
To request to view the materials in the Historical Archive and in the libraries of the Pirelli Foundation for study and research purposes and/or to find out how to request the use of materials for loans and exhibitions, please fill in the form below. You will receive an email confirming receipt of the request and you will be contacted.

I declare that I have read and understood the privacy statement concerning the processing of my personal data[DTJI1] ,  and, pursuant to Art. 6 of the GDPR, I authorise the Pirelli Foundation to process my personal data for the purposes described therein. .

Fields marked with * are mandatory
Book an Educational course

Select the education level of the school
  • Primary schools

  • Lower secondary school

  • Upper secondary school

  • University

Back
Primary schools
Book an Educational course

Select the educational courses that interest you and the day
Enter the required data, and our team will confirm availability via e-mail
The maximum number of places that can be booked per class is 30. Requests that exceed this value will not be accepted.

I declare that I have read and understood the privacy statement concerning the processing of my personal data[DTJI1] ,  and, pursuant to Art. 6 of the GDPR, I authorise the Pirelli Foundation to process my personal data for the purposes described therein. .

Fields marked with * are mandatory
Back
Lower secondary school
Book an Educational course

Select the educational courses that interest you and the day
Enter the required data, and our team will confirm availability via e-mail
The maximum number of places that can be booked per class is 30. Requests that exceed this value will not be accepted.

I declare that I have read and understood the privacy statement concerning the processing of my personal data[DTJI1] ,  and, pursuant to Art. 6 of the GDPR, I authorise the Pirelli Foundation to process my personal data for the purposes described therein. .

Fields marked with * are mandatory
Back
Upper secondary school
Book an Educational course

Select the educational courses that interest you and the day
Enter the required data, and our team will confirm availability via e-mail
The maximum number of places that can be booked per class is 30. Requests that exceed this value will not be accepted.

I declare that I have read and understood the privacy statement concerning the processing of my personal data[DTJI1] ,  and, pursuant to Art. 6 of the GDPR, I authorise the Pirelli Foundation to process my personal data for the purposes described therein. .

Fields marked with * are mandatory
Back
University
Book an Educational course

Do you want to organize a training programme with your students? For information and reservations, write to universita@fondazionepirelli.org

Visit the Foundation
We communicate that all visits and activities of the Pirelli Foundation are temporarily suspended in accordance with the indications of the Ministry of Health. We will communicate the reopening day as soon as possible. For information contact the number 0264423971 or write to info@fondazionepirelli.org

I declare that I have read and understood the privacy statement concerning the processing of my personal data[DTJI1] ,  and, pursuant to Art. 6 of the GDPR, I authorise the Pirelli Foundation to process my personal data for the purposes described therein. .

Fields marked with * are mandatory

Digital man?

A newly translated book discusses the relationship between artificial intelligence and the human condition

Machines versus men. Machines at the service of men. Thinking machines. Living machines. The theme of the digitalization of processes (of various kinds) connected to the development of Artificial Intelligence, is alternately seen as a threat and an opportunity, as a paradigm of the brightest future possible for humanity, or as an example of that black hole in which the same humanity will end its existence. That also applies to production and business. Machines, therefore, that will mark the end of (human) work and that therefore also here, depending on the viewer, will mean poverty and misfortune for workers or wealth and happiness instead. It is evidently between these two extremes that we need to look for the true meaning of what is happening. Reading “Digital Humanism: An Ethic for the Age of Artificial Intelligence”by Julian Nida-Rümelin and Nathalie Weidenfeld serves this purpose. And it serves it superbly.

The book, by the very declaration of those who wrote it, is not just a scientific text, but something different, because it seeks to bridge the gap between philosophical reflection, cinema, literature, the natural sciences and information technology. All to outline what is called “digital humanism” and that is “something that meets human beings where they are without being hostile to technology. It differs from apocalyptic positions because it trusts in the reasoning of human beings and from euphoric positions because it considers the limits of digital technology”. The opposite, that is, of what the authors call the “ideology of Silicon Valley” and which is nothing but a position attentive to the needs of technology and to those of men.

Apparently a more than natural and sensible approach. In reality, something very complex to deal with, because, all things considered, not exactly measurable and codifiable.

Nida-Rümelin and Weidenfeld therefore undertake a unique journey that employs not only the results of science but also, and above all, those achieved by philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, economists and politicians using suggestions from literature as well as from cinema. The result is a journey that touches on everyday life, feelings, mechanisms of choice, those of process optimization, economic rationality, morality, friendship, ethics of course, communication, culture, education, democracies, social living and more besides.

The two authors write in a passage of their conclusion that digital humanism contrasts the ideologization of digital technologies with “an attitude of sobriety”.

The book by Nida-Rümelin and Nathalie Weidenfeld can be read quickly, but it should be read carefully. And perhaps reread.

 

Digital humanism: An Ethic for the Era of Artificial Intelligence
Julian Nida-Rümelin, Nathalie Weidenfeld
Franco Angeli, 2019