Carme Martinell

In Japan, out of the ten songs most listened to in 2010, seven were created with Vocaloid, a music synthesiser created by the UPF sound research group. Thanks to a individual donations to some American universities, a service can be provided to alumni. The highest processing power reached so far was the sum of the power of thousands of computers worldwide in a network.

The common trait of all these projects was the individual and overall contribution of many people who, by themselves, alone, would not have obtained any result. They are individuals who do not expect anything in exchange, whose objective is simply to contribute. The contents generators of Wikipedia, the users who upload their musical creations to the internet, those who put part of their capital in a project or those who share CPU have already understood that generosity is an essential part of growth and development. Generosity is also a differential characteristic of science, because it seeks contributions of value for society without obtaining a return, or at least not an immediate one. Unfortunately, in our most immediate environment we are not used to giving value to generosity as part of our responsibility. We want to enjoy what others contribute, but we find it difficult to give. In the United States and Japan they understood this some time ago. Generosity means bidirectionality. Unidirectionality has stopped making sense if we want to make society grow in the 21st century.

Carme Martinell

Carme Martinell

Director General of Continuing Education Institute Foundation

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