Tecnology: Studies and Applications
Giorgio Ceragioli, a teacher at the Faculty of Architecture in Turin, was a master of Sermig since its origins in seeking solutions for development that were sustainable and that could employ all the best science and technology available to eliminate hunger in the world.
Before presenting the factsheets of some scientific and technological studies and achievements of our Re.Te group, here is a summary of some of his reflections, which have always accompanied our "method" of work and intervention. As an introductory hat, we invite you to read one of his articles published in our New Project Magazine "Technological Hope". Some reflections:
- Use all the experience of the centuries, and access all technology, all the science of the present: not to compete in the race for consumption, but to reach high thresholds for human development.
- The meeting of very old and very poor technologies with new and scientific ones (the computer and the bicycle) is a hope to solve many problems of the poorest.
- One cannot think that there is only one solution; one technology and one. The appropriate technologies (even intermediate, even simple, even poor) are our future.
- With the help of technology we can hope to expand life, consciousness, love, truth, without dramatic fears for survival, in the tranquility of being able to give bread to all, human dignity to all.
- The IT revolution could transform developing countries without needing to go through the industrialization and difficulties of that development process ... It is possible, if you wish, to jump directly from pre-industrial to post-industrial development.
- Technology must be trusted in man and his tool: it must be used to the full; we must study and work hard to bend it to uses of peace and not of war, of development and not of exploitation.
- The "cultural revolution" must first of all concern the will: will to limit consumption because without this will even microcomputers will be unable to feed everyone; willingness to distribute the goods available equally because otherwise robots will also be used to exploit the poor people and not to help them develop; willingness to use technology, understand it, bend it at the service of man's real needs, to expand in the world - even with his help - the life that is consciousness, the search for truth and love.
- Waste is an unnecessary consumption of energy (which, in poorly understood terms, corresponds to an "untargeted increase in entropy").
- I want to participate in the "children's revolution": with them, all together, small and modest as we are. I am afraid that, at the first ascent, this desire will escape me. I'd like the help of an escalator. But perhaps a rope that binds us in many together may suffice: when one is tired, ten others pull and each can overcome the difficult climb for him. This is the most important tool of the children's revolution.
- This is one of the riches of the world. And this is one of the most important tasks for man. Use everything he has available to finalize it for his and other men's good. Discover and know how to choose, from time to time, the things that best serve in that case, the technologies that are most appropriate.
- The revaluation of manual labor is, perhaps again strangely, another perspective of the new society, a perspective that new technologies allow us to present as positive and to be sought.
- Precisely for this reason the school can become the privileged channel for the re-evaluation of manual work, to bring proposals for support to a cultural transformation that re-establishes relationships of justice and that recovers the creative and educational dimension of the manual work that can be achieved.
- There are two fundamental issues for scientific development: the desire to know and the ability to choose.
- The words "subjugate the earth" have an immense scope. They indicate all the resources that the earth (and indirectly the visible world) hides within itself, and which, through the conscious activity of man, can be discovered and appropriately used by him.
- This is the alternative for the future. Not to contain life to respect the presumed limits of the resources of the solar system but to use technology to put every gram of mineral, every molecule of energy, every intellectual capacity at the service of man, of conscience, of life, of love. This is the hope for the future: not to be dominated by technology but to dominate it in favor of man.
On the basis of these reflections, you can find in these pages some studies and some technological realizations that the ReTe group of Sermig has developed, tested and spread over the years in favor of Development. Sustainable and Possible.