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3/10 2008


Prof.Vito Di Bari:
From now to 2015 many things will change (for example we will switch from fossil fuels to combustibles such as hydrogen and they will modify a grey city like Milan). Sounds and colours will be protagonist again. Also in Milan.

Holograms are the dream of the modern generation that grew up in the 1970s with Gorge Lucas’ movies. Holograms, there, were commonly used to project one’s image and communicate with distant people! When Internet was not existing it seemed like magic. Today we found a way to communicate to them but we’ve lost that magic. Holograms are an efficient magical way to represent objects, people and places, because they can simulate a three-dimensional presence. Nowadays we have 10cm holograms but thanks to the development of technology they will be meters high in 2015.

They will be video-holograms, 3d movies, Giuseppe Verdi will talk to us from the sky above the theatre La Scala. Thanks to complicate suspension systems, already tested but not on the market yet, these holograms will be fluctuant in the air.

-Do you think that home and building automation will play a major role in our future?
- Home will be an intelligent system in a few years. Miniaturisation processes and the transformation of “micro” technologies into “nano” technologies will enable us to create objects that communicate between them and with us. I have fully described such things in my last book “Web 2.0. Internet è cambiato. E voi?”. This evolution scenario should be known by anyone but especially by those who develop projects. It must be clear to them that what they build today (a house or an office) have to be equipped to implement these forms of intelligence. In 2020, what won’t be able to communicate digitally will be antiquated.

-What about internet?
By 2020 there will be a radical change in the web. Nowadays we think that some concepts about connectivity are true. For example we think that to get connected to the internet we have to follow a prescribed modality, like turning a pc on and open connection, or that we need to use specific devices such as a PC or a Smart Phone. We also think that the connectivity is something typical of inanimate objects, and not, for example of a cat or of a human being. These concepts are true.
As I said before, it’s not always going to be like this. By 2020 it will be normal for me to be connected to the internet through my cat, with no pc, nor smart phone or connection. Your bowl and your rack will be online as well, and they will tell you when the first one is empty and the second one full. We will have “things that think” as the laboratory of Hiroshi Ishii, Joe Paradiso and Rosalind Picard at the M.I.T. of Boston defined them.
That’s why I call the Web 2020, the Web of things and people. It will be based on mobility, broad connectivity, digital environments that follow my movements from a device to another, or from objects to people connected on the web. It will be a new world. We are still missing some elements, but I can assure you that a connectivity black-out in 2020 will be as critical as an electricity blackout today.



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