Great interest and approval has raised from Ricky Gervais WSJ article: “Why I’m an Atheist” . Federico Pistono, an emerging global entrepreneur very sensitive to issues of social and scientific progress, have expressed his thoughts about.


Let me present a quite different point of view. I began to feel a strong need to be reassured about the presence of God when my mother died after 2 years of suffering and pain. Until then, the faith in myself was enough to endure the injustices and suffering I saw around me. But after that event I needed to know that even the greatest misfortunes there is a sense. So I started my research on the presence of God.I mean “presence”, not simply existence because I need to believe He see all and is awareful of our misfortunes. Believing this by faith was not enough for me, to. Excluded the possibility of finding proofs, I focused on finding some “evidences” . I managed to find these 2 which have been able to convince me:

  1. Scientific studies on near death experiences

The scientific studies  made from doctors like Sam Parnia and Pim Van Lommel on NDE (dear death experiencies) experienced by patients in cardiac arrest in hospitals have shown, inter alia, that:

  • even in those moments there is no any kind of electrical activity in the brain in the absence of heartbeat, these experiences are then remember so very much alive by patients and are very different from dreams. The meaning of life and the fear of death change significantly in people who have had an NDE
  • experiences are all similar regardless of race or religious beliefs (including atheists): feeling of absolute peace, meeting with deceased relatives, a light that welcomes and reassures, exit from your body and observation of his own body from the outside
  • during the experiences of out-of-body patients observed the activities carried out by medical personnel around them. The stories of these activities were later confirmed by the same doctors

In short, thousands of reported cases scientifically, it seems that make life after death a possibility quite likely. And from here the existence of God is a short step

  1. the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Medjugorje

Surely you’ve heard of the visions that occur for more than 30 years to 6 men and women in this small town of Croatia. But not everyone knows that the visionaries were examined by different medical teams (1 , 2) , organizations belonging to both religious and secular, with detailed examinations during both appearances and during normal life. The results were that a) all 6 people are absolutely normal (they are not crazy neither fanatics). b) during the 6 appearances are not sensitive to pain, light or other external influences. For example, their pupils do not contract even when he is pointing a beam of light in the eye and this can not be done consciously. Basically they do not lie and will definitely see something different than the other but one could argue that it is completely subjective visions of those people, not actual visions. Well, try watching a few seconds of the movie below and you will realize that the visionaries all look the same imaginary point and, above all, the eyes move in the same direction at the same time. This means that everyone sees the same thing at the same time and then it becomes an objective fact.

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Object recognition by computer programs is the biggest promise of a endless range of new application and appliances (Internet of things) . Robotics, devices can be much more smart if they could be able to recognize objects viewed by a webcam.

So I experimented some software technics to reach this capability. In detail I concentrated into:

  1. finding points of interest in images and linking them by optimal triangles (Delaunay triangulation).
  2. Let users select which triangles best approximate the choosen object shape
  3. Using periferic points of selected triangles to find other instances of that object in different images or videos by mean of a “projection transform” (2D Homography) . I’ve still to do this but with main algorithm already made for this develop.

This picture is an example of first 2 steps:

ImageIf you wish directly experiment this function, below is the Flash app developed. You’ll have to:

  • accept webcam input
  • take image to elaborate pressing “Rileva” (Detect)
  • after few seconds you’ll have the points of interest on right side and, with right click on image, select “Vedi Aree” (Show Areas)

Let’s put a completely different one at work side-by-side and see which works best.

Imagine you have a system where you can:

  • require goods you need
  • declare goods/services you can give
  • rate supplies received by others and rate people behavior too
  • record that someone received some goods.
So the system can work because of reputation:
  • your reputation on number, relevance, and quality of your job done. All reputations have to be public. Reputation should be a measure of personal social contribute.
  • your ranking in terms of goods received could be weighted with your reputation. Known your low reputation would cause people choose to give their goods to other ones.
and that’all folks !
How could work in this way ?
  1. Well because people would motivated to apply all these 4 activities.
  2. Money-related jobs wouldn’t be needed anymore, such as administrative, financial or managing ones, like in crowd sourcing actual projects. Because of these reduced jobs needed people would have more free time to spend in own interests and possibly elevating these interests in real jobs appreciated by others. True progress could be promoted in this way.
  3. Reputations could allow elder people or with reduced abilities to get goods needed however without or with reduced contribute.
The side effects:
  1. Money? No use here. Exchange is ruled by knowing the needs and reputation of requirer
  2. Communication shall be granted to everyone. Right to rate, right to broadcast news (blog, microblogging, etc.)
  3. Privacy doesn’t exist here ! (but without money it won’t be a real problem)

Or maybe you’d prefer continue to have:

A) Frequent debt crisis by need of endless growth of GDP

B) Waste of resources, pollution and global warming due to competition

C) Jobs and people exploitation

D) more odds, you know it

Nowadays we don’t have anymore to choose between capitalism or communism, we have a powerful tool that could enable this brand-new bottom-up approach: INTERNET.

It should be fine if everyone could choose if pay something with money or recording a receipt of it on internet and , likewise, choosing to be paid for somewhat or receiver a rating recorded.  Think about banks and finance organizations put for once in competition with a different system !

UPDATE: Android Gift Economy project is started here

I did this proof-of-concept for attempting to change every monitor or projector in a touchscreen. Color detection, when light is low, is not so reliable but mapping algorithm is quite good and reusable in robotics and other image processing applications.

In tempi difficili, proviamo a rincominciare dai fondamentali. Riscopriamo il piacere di:

  1. sorridere agli altri ogni volta che possiamo. Se fa stare meglio quando non è apprezzato, figuriamoci quando lo è.
  2. Creare valore per gli altri, ogni giorno, con il nostro lavoro. Produrre beni è un valore, ma anche tenere pulito il nostro quartiere. Rendere una pratica più facile ed efficiente è un valore,  per chi la deve affrontare.
  3. Evitare lavori inutili. Se un lavoro è inutile è probabile che, a più di qualcuno, comporti anche del danno. Se una persona è pagata per fare un lavoro inutile, è meglio continuare a pagarla per non fare più nulla. Troverà il tempo di fare cose più importanti, per se stesso e per gli altri.
  4. Praticare con continuità il rispetto per gli altri. Possiamo camminare qualche metro in più, senza parcheggiare in seconda fila.
  5. Reagire con fermezza ai soprusi, mai con astio o collera.
  6. Essere sempre più bravi in quello che facciamo. Non per stroncare un concorrente, ma per stimolarlo a fare lo stesso.
  7. Essere curiosi e non smettere mai di imparare e di studiare con umiltà.
  8. Essere responsabili di quello che diciamo e facciamo.
  9. Evitare qualsiasi genere di spreco e rispettare l’ambiente, anche quando siamo i soli a farlo.
  10. Non farci ispirare dall’avidità. Mai fatto caso che più una villa è grande, meno frequentato è il suo giardino ?
E pretendiamo che i nostri governanti facciano lo stesso.

Ho pubblicato  un piccolo prototipo che dà l’idea di come si potrebbe esercitare la democrazia in modo diretto. Il link al sito, presente anche nei collegamenti di questo blog è: http://alrama.altervista.org/dd .

Il prototipo prende vantaggio dall’applicazione di tecniche di riconoscimento facciale.

In attesa di più tempo disponibile per completare il modello (al momento è ancora assente la pagina “le leggi” è presente solo la sezione “vota”), mi sembra più produttivo mettere in linea una soluzione parziale piuttosto che continuare a tenerla nel cassetto (l’hard disk) ad ammuffire.

Alla base di tutto il “balletto” di questi giorni, fra i movimenti del mercato e le contromosse della politica nella discussione della finanziaria bis, c’è principalmente un gigantesco equivoco. La politica, tutta indistintamente, ne fà solo una questione di soldi da trovare, anche perchè è il solo orizzonte che è in grado di considerare. Questo risulta evidente dai dibattiti in corso tra i partiti ed al loro interno. I mercati invece non guardano tanto ai soldi (anche se sembra un controsenso), ma alla serietà ed affidabilità di un paese e delle sue istituzioni. Sono convinto che i mercati apprezzerebbero di più decisioni di equità e con modelli di principio pur con minore portata economica, come liberalizzazioni, snellimenti, riduzione dei privilegi e degli sprechi ed equità fiscale, ecc..
Questo è il motivo alla base per cui la situazione non migliorerà senza una enorme discontinuità nell’organizzazione e nella cultura diffusa del nostro paese.