For a Human-Centered AI


  • October 20, 2023
    Regenerative aging
    Experiments by a research group at the University of Galway on some marine organisms allow us to better understand the mechanisms of cellular senescence, and to unveil a number of mysteries about regeneration. The first characteristic anyone associates with the Hydra of Lerna, Hercules' second effort, is surely
  • June 12, 2023
    A Lucky Series of Mistakes
    Biologists have long wondered about the function of some membranes found in the cells of various organisms, such as diatoms, that are particularly relevant in atmospheric carbon sequestration. It seems that a clue to the solution has finally been found.
  • May 23, 2023
    The dark side of scientific progress: the vulnerable world hypothesis
    Technological development has made us and will make us more and more powerful. Are we wise enough to use this power to make the world a better place? Or are we accelerating toward our own downfall?
  • May 9, 2023
    The language of the popularizer: how to make yourself understood without ambiguity
    A key figure today is the one of the popularizer, who is tasked with bridging two worlds but also two languages: one that is common but not very rigorous in defining words and one that is technically precise but often incomprehensible. Moving from one to the other cannot ignore the logic implied by the various specific lexicons.
  • April 27, 2023
    Law as certainty and artificial intelligence: predictive justice
    Considerations on the possible support of artificial intelligence to the Law, for a justice accessible to all.
  • April 4, 2023
    Metaverse, education, sociality. What will our direction be?
    A side remark from the first web page in history to the Metaverse: what should we expect from the new virtual reality, how could it help humanity, and what are the potential gray areas instead?
  • March 21, 2023
    History under X-ray: XRF applied to source criticism
    How often, in front of a mysterious historical find, would one want to look inside it, make it “speak” more than it does, investigate it deeply? Today this is possible.
  • February 22, 2023
    DNA DOE PROJECT: genetic genealogy and the search for identities
    Genetic genealogy has, over the years, acquired an actually crucial role in the investigative and forensic fields for solving murders, identifying murderers and exonerating innocents. But this particular strand of genetics can serve an additional noble purpose: giving peace and justice to the many "John and Jane Doe's" left without history or identity.
  • February 9, 2023
    Meeting the Volcano
    The Magazine is walking the path through new proposals, capable of pushing us outside the boundaries of Fondazione Bruno Kessler. We all know how fruitful external collaborations are, nurtured daily through comparisons, advice, division of work, and so on. But there can be more.
  • February 7, 2023
    Lexical change: interlinguistic approaches
    If for the past few years we have been using the words fitness or meeting in Italian, it is because language is constantly changing, and the adoption of borrowings is an entirely normal occurrence. However, some words seem to resist change more than others-some research tries to understand why.
  • January 24, 2023
    New allies in the fight against mafia organizations. Analytical methods and machine learning in support of justice.
    Many milestones have been achieved in the field of anti-mafia legislation, from the Rognoni-La Torre Act (1982), which punishes mafia-structured organized crime by defining its peculiarities and differences from ordinary criminal association, up to Act 109/96, which mandates the public and social reuse of property confiscated from mafias. And, in addition to these, the establishment of specialized bodies such as the National Anti-Mafia and Anti-Terrorism Directorate (DNAA) and the UN Palermo Convention (2000), the world's first legislative instrument against transnational organized crime. More recent, though, is the development of some less traditional tools that aim to apply analytical methods and machine learning techniques to the investigation phase.
  • January 11, 2023
    Why Antarctica?
    With this article FBK Magazine starts a collaboration with the editorial staff of Vulcano Statale, the newspaper of the University of Milan. Every fortnight we will host a perspective of university students on the world of research, understood in its broadest sense.