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From Luca Caglio

So inquisitive and inventive for Lugli and Bonomi that they expected to invent the international app as students at the University of Milan: “Dare, step out of your comfort zone, and follow the revolution”

Seeing the planet from the computer, without entering into orbit. The main road has been rediscovered thanks to the certainty of Google Maps, not the sense of taste and road traffic. Normal life was once a utopia, a futuristic city, but it was also a ‘pioneer’ project Two students from the University of Milan enrolled in Computer Science, Information Science previously. The only, proud, woman of the neonatal faculty. Little Steve Jobs. Curious and too innovative to anticipate the minds of Mountain View.

It was 1989 when Marcella Lugli and Marina Bonomi presented their revolutionary thesis on virtual reality, at that time “artificial”, brought to the committee table (the Internet has not yet been used) a CD with great effect content, because for the first time the Lombard capital became “IperMilano”, the city already in the metaverse, interactive and multimedia with its streets and institutions. “The user can, for example, enter La Scala and listen to a concert,” explains Lugli, who is now director and board member of Italian airline Avio. The seed of the modern world, partial mapping of reality, “Expo” before litram. Discussion remained academic, and did not become commercial with a product for sale. “We tried to get the municipality interested – and call in the inventors – but the digital culture was almost non-existentMoreover, startups and venture capital cannot be found.

However, the first attempt to simplify life for Milan, as Google Maps later did, with access to information on shops and monuments such as the Duomo. remote explorations. which they then drove Marcela and Marina to succeed, to work for important companies such as Olivetti, Apple, Telecom and VodafoneWhere women are still a minority, perhaps because computer science is considered a male discipline, yet it is a guarantee of work, and in Milan there have always been great minds. Curiosity, first and foremost, the desire to be a part of change, and to inspire others, beyond technical knowledge and languages.

Behind «IperMilano», there were hypertexts, a hypercard with links to texts, sounds, video, and the Macintosh ecosystem. “We have built the project according to three points of view – Bonomi explains -, the first was aerial, from above, the second was natural or on the ground, the third was conceptual, a kind of augmented-reality and augmented-reality projection, where the user looks for information about what he saw, exploits which are graphics that use icons for the first time.” More than thirty years later, technology stands out every day, and sometimes ruled by it, “enters” museums for online tours, styles, and perhaps swears, art supports, and healthcare touches. “But with telemedicine we are still a little behind – assures Lugli -: only the epidemic has accelerated its spread.”

Marcela and Marina, M&M, Ex-university friends out of curiosity. friends. professional women. Milan’s first digital photographers. And a legacy for future freshmen: “Dare, step out of your comfort zone, follow the revolution“.

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Jul 6 2022 (change on Jul 6 2022 | 12:49)

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