NeuralRope#01. Inside an Artificial Brain

Lugano, Piazza Riforma, 6900 Lugano

03.09.2019, 08:00 - 19.00

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Lugano Living Lab, Città di Lugano

Permanent Interactive Installation by Alex Dorici and Luca Maria Gambardella.

Imagine for a moment, as you walk through the 100-metre-long pedestrian tunnel of Besso, that you can observe what is happening inside an artificial brain. “NeuralRope#1” reproduces in three dimen- sions a large neuronal network, where the LED screens represent neurons and where ropes that connect them evoke axons and synapses, which propagate the nerve impulses between one neuron and another.

The kinship between artistic work and scientific research offers the possibility of better understand- ing what artificial intelligence is: scientist Luca Maria Gambardella and visual artist Alex Dorici together have created “NeuralRope#1”, in a joint effort with Lugano Living Lab and to mark the thirtieth anniver- sary of the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence (USI-SUPSI).

NeuralRope#1” is an interactive and permanent work. It is in continuous evolution: during the day it thinks and observes passers-by and at night it dreams and processes what it has seen, because “NeuralRope#1” learns from us to interpret autonomously the reality that surrounds it.

Lugano Living Lab
SUPSI - Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana
USI - Università della Svizzera italiana
Città di Lugano
Arte Urbana Lugano
Lugano Region

Pedestrian Tunnel Lugano-Besso