Job Digital Lab with ING Italia: Curzio Basso on the contribution of AI to sustainability
“At Camelot, we exploit AI to analyse data to forecast electric consumption and allow better planning. We develop tools to do things. We are not interested in technology per se.” Curzio Basso, co-founder and CTO at Camelot Biomedical Systems, presented his story in Genoa.
With the help of Nicoletta Vulpetti, who loves identity stories, we have enriched the third edition of the educational programme developed with ING Italia with the stories of the protagonists of personal and community changes.
We started Camelot in 2009, the annus horribilis. The bubble had burst, and the economic crisis spread through Europe, but my partner and I decided to trust our skills.
It was not easy to start a new enterprise, while so many were shutting down, but that period tempered us.
Driven by a post-doctoral sense of adventure and the awareness that we should invest on ourselves and our collaborators, we barrelled on.
One of our areas of activity is the use of AI for sustainability.
When we speak about sustainability, we are speaking about energy. Optimising its use is part of climactic mitigation.
At Camelot, we exploit AI to analyse data to forecast electric consumption and allow better planning. We develop tools to do things. We are not interested in technology per se.
The question we always ask is “why are we doing it?”
As humans, we wish to discover everything, understand how the whole world works.
And this drive to explore the unknown often leads us to technological advancement and progress in all areas of science. Technological development walks hand in hand with the questions we ask ourselves. The goal must always be functional for mankind and the environment.
The mistrust that still surrounds AI concerns the fear that AI may replace mankind. However, this risk is grossly exaggerated. It might become complementary, but it will never replace our brains, a wonderful device that has evolved over millions of years. And our brain will save us. The solution exists and mankind will discover it sooner or later.