By and  on July 10, 2019

MILAN — Leave it to Gucci to kick off a conference on technology with a live concert. Performed by Holly Herndon, inspired and assisted by artificial intelligence, the first European Innovation Festival, staged by media brand Fast Company and for the first time hosted by Gucci, opened Tuesday morning and is expected to close Thursday in Florence.

After Stephanie Mehta, editor in chief of Fast Company, introduced avatars of Gucci president and chief executive officer Marco Bizzarri and creative director Alessandro Michele, it was only fitting for the festival, dubbed “The Dawn of Superintelligence,” to be opened by Yuval Noah Harari, historian and author of “Sapiens,” and “Homo Deus,” who wondered “if ours is the last generation of Homo sapiens. In the next century, he predicted, humans will either destroy themselves or upgrade to gods,” achieving “divine abilities” to create life.

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