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20:00-20:55 – Screening: Gay or straight, is it a choice?, 52′, Audio:EN Subs:GR – Mona Lisa Production
Have we really a choice?
The spectacular advances in research on the human genome, coupled with recent studies on the effects of hormones on behavior, upsets conventional viewpoints on our sexual behaviors, and control of them by our brain. Science has discovered quite recently that biological factors are themselves influenced by the environment, and individual history. This is new and fundamental scientific data. This document brings new light on the diver3ity of sexual behaviors, which are not specifically human, since some 450 animal species have been identified as being at least partially bisexual. Women harbor bisexual tendencies far more than men do, while in the United-States, homosexuals assert high and loud their biological singularity. In France, on the other hand, we avoid addressing the subject. Homosexuality and its origins are a political and ideological matter, addressed differently across cultures. Homosexuality is not the mental illness of yesterday, nor the genetic defect of tomorrow; It is simply a natural variant of one of our basic biological characteristics, our sexual orientation. From conjecture to investigation, testimonials, experiments in vivo, in utero… men and women scientists express themselves here, all sexual preferences and nationalities combined. And it suffices not to listen to them in order to believe. Watch.
21:00-21:55 – Screening: Mapping the future, the power of algorithms 52′, Audio:EN Subs:GR – a&b buero film production
22:00-22:55 – Screening: The future city – Age of robots, 52′, Audio:EN/IT Subs:GR – KEPACH Productions
We first head to the small Italian village of Peccioli, where Scuola Superiore Sant‘Anna has incorporated new technologies and ideas in the inhabitants everyday lives, by testing some prototypes like DustBot. It can autonomously collect trash from households, and sports a touchscreen to offer environmental tips and other information to citizens. The trash is then handled automatically with the help of CartBot, a roboticized trash compacting truck. The city of the future could not just be a collection of buildings, but something more akin to a living organism: that‘s the idea brought forward by Arub, in which a robotic system will manage waste collection and recycle everything to make single building energetically independent.
We move on to assistant robots, starting with REEM from PAL Robotics, which we see moving through the streets of Barcelona. Then we see a multitude of robot assistants that will help us in the houses of the future. But the house itself is going to change, as we learn in the Netherlands where a new project will make your apartment change its layout based on your specific needs such as having guests one night. At Parma’s VisLab we jump aboard Braive, a car that can drive itself. The amazing result is obtained through a vast array of sensors and lasers that monitor the surroundings of the car, which is equipped with a drive-by-wire control system. Urban life on the road will benefit from other technologies as well, such as a smart robotic fuel pump. We probably won’t get tired of driving our cars anytime soon, but wait until you see Mantis, a hexapod robot that stands three meters tall and is powered by a 2,2 liter diesel engine. It looks like it just fought its way out of a science fiction movie.
Robots are already part of our lives, but they will progressively become more familiar to us in the coming decades. And Europe is at the forefront 0 this gentle revolution.
• Organized by CAID Center