diary – #research will save research

At NxtMedia I learned that journalism is alive and that journalism will save journalism. I also learned that the articles that receive less attention are those about past. Yesterday I read a Ferrante’s book, I giorni dell’Abbandono. I had such a nostalgy for Torino that I could smell the smell  of the Po and Valentino’s park. I wonder how Elena Ferrante knows so much about Politecnico. Many details about the ex husband who in the book is a Politecnico professor, reveals knowledge about the institution and its role in Torino.

Yesterday I visited Reidar Conradi. Reidar is still Reidar. 60% of the time he talks about future, research, climate challenges. He writes on white pieces of paper and has a lot of newspapers in front of him. I told him that he is in better shape now than when he was at IDI the last days. He told me – may be I will live 100 years. When I visit Reidar I think about the future, and that hard work and research will save research.  I am also very grateful that Reidar believed in me, I could not even write in English when I first met him.

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#anchor #podcast #quanteparole

Now I have a podcast. It will be like this blog, about life and work, in English and Italian. My goal is not to be famous nor rich (I am already more rich than I had planned to be), my goal is to share.


It is available on spotify, google podcast, breaker, radio podcast. And I am looking for people who want to podcast with me. I have already Laura Giarre’ of course! The podcast is called Quante Parole, “So many words”.

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Dear #Researcher, I participate to NxtMedia conference and I think you should join me – why?


  • If you are an IDI employee, you can register for free here.
  • If  you are an  NTNU employee, you should convince your department head or project head that it is worth to pay for your subscription and your time.


NxtMedia brings together  for one day, technology entrepeneurs with media actors, such  the Norwegian TV broadcaster NRK, the main Norwegian newspapers, International researchers. If we  understand how the media sector evolves, we will know how to communicate our ideas to the world. Dear researcher, you  (and I) have a responsibility to influence  media experts so they choose the best technology that can enable democracy and prevent spreadning of false and negative messages. Dear researcher, you  will understand better how the media sector is exploiting evailable data sources and  new technology such as Blockchain and Machine Learning to imagine and develop the media of the future.

If you come to NxtMedia you will meet journalists, other International researchers, entrepeneurs. Some talks are given in Norwegian, some in English. It will be possible for the not Norwegian speaking to attend talks and participate to the discussions.

Not least the conference will happen in the amazing Rockheim.

Check for example Eveline Klumper, gruender from the Nederland who will explain how the media sector looks at Blockchain. Check Morten JacobsenResponsible for Schibsted Media’s technology brands like Aftonbladet, VG, Aftenposten, Svenska Dagbladet, BT,Stavanger Aftenblad and Fædrelandsvennen.  And the NRK research director Kristian Tolonen. Check also Martha Stone, world leading data and AI media organizer and researcher, former research fellow of Reuter’s Institute at Oxford – she will bring the take aways from London AI Study Tour and Conference last week to Trondheim.

See you the 15th of November at Rockheim!


Becoming Myself #Yalom

Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist’s Memoir by Irvin D. Yalom
A special book for a special travel. I read it on my mobile phone on the flight from Dubai to Stockolm as my kindle had died in Pakistan after a glorious life of 5 years.
The book reminds me that I have to remind me and other people about the importance of having a network of people around us, not because you will need these people in the future (as somebody interprets the concept of network), but because we need them now, and they need us.
The book refers to many beautiful books, it is about empathy, family, therapy, research, interdisciplinarity, love, emigration, the relationship to your parents. I read it in Italian. I strongly recomend it.

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