The future of Matera, inside and outside the metaverse

The future of Matera, inside and outside the metaverse

The future of Matera

The place that acts as the hub of Matera innovation is the House of Emerging Technologies (Cte), but the events of the first edition of the Matera Digital Week which ended on Sunday 26 June have gone beyond its physical boundaries, both because they are aimed and projected on the whole city (and far beyond) both because between virtual reality, metaverse, high tech frontiers of connectivity and remote controls, the event has multiplied its dimensions. In particular, there are six experimentation, development and contamination laboratories present in the House (in this article we will tell about three), each of which is paid an event within the event that also saw the active participation of and with national guests and international, in presence, remotely and even - through a tool - connected by the metaverse in a virtual environment (that of the image at the top of this article) with the Sassi of Matera in the background.

Among the points key of the Digital Week project can only be a cultural purpose and one between economy and territory. On the one hand, in fact, there is the issue of training, the creation of specialist skills and the advancement of applied technological research. On the other hand, however, the link with the economic fabric of the territory, with the desire to be attractive to companies and startups and at the same time to favor precisely those lines of development that best adapt to the peculiar characteristics of the Italian territory and - even more in the specific - Lucan. But let's go in order to discover what has been said about robotics, 3d printing, agriculture 4.0 and much more.

'I couldn't handle my emotions': Relieved Pablo Matera eyes major first

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Crusaders loose forward Pablo Matera will start at blindside flanker against the Blues in Auckland on Saturday.

Super Rugby Pacific final: Blues v Crusaders

Where: Eden Park, Auckland

When: Saturday, 7.05pm

Live coverage: Sky Sport 1, live updates on Stuff.

Pablo Matera has been riding an emotional roller-coaster the past week.

From having a knot in his stomach due to the fear of missing the Super Rugby final through suspension, to the overwhelming relief of being cleared by the Sanzaar judiciary to play what could be his last match for the Crusaders.

“I couldn't handle my emotions. I was very happy, it's a dream come true to come here and be able to play a final,” a relieved Matera said on Thursday.

However, rewind a few days, and it was a different story. Then, the Argentine recruit feared he might be forced to watch his team slug it out with the Blues from the Eden Park stands.

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Sent off against the Chiefs after receiving two yellow cards during last week's semifinal in Christchurch, Matera was required to front the judiciary for the red card, and for receiving at least three yellow cards during the season.

The good news for the 28-year-old, who also received yellow cards in rounds 11 and 15, is the judiciary deemed there was “no pattern of concern” regarding his accumulated sin-binnings, while the nature of the first yellow card against the Chiefs – he was singled out after repeated team infringements – meant the red card didn’t warrant suspension.

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Pablo Matera’s availability to play the Blues is a significant boost for the Crusaders.

Tall about a huge sigh of relief for Matera, who admitted he initially thought his season might be cooked after he trudged off Orangetheory Stadium last week.

“I’m glad the judicial committee decided I was allowed to play. It was a really happy moment,” he said.

'You never know if you are going to have another chance to play a final. Now, I have another opportunity, so I obviously wanted to be able to play. It's a big opportunity for me.'

A member of the 2019 Jaguares, who came up short against the Crusaders in the Super Rugby final, Matera is desperate to cap his season in Christchurch with a Super Rugby crown.

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Pablo Matera, centre, cuts a dejected figure after his Jaguares came up short against the Crusaders in the 2019 Super Rugby final in Christchurch.

To think, if the Crusaders do make it six titles in as many years, it would be a first for Matera, one of the best loose forwards in the world.

'I have honestly never won anything, never won any competition. I've been playing in different teams around the world for 10 years and never won a competition. This is a big chance for me.”

No wonder he labelled the prospect of being on the other side of the ledger in a Super Rugby final as the “biggest thing I could ever dream of”.

An imposing ball carrier, and tenacious defender, his availability has certainly increased the Crusaders’ chances of bagging a record-extending 13th title.

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Pablo Matera, pictured in action for the Jaguares against the Crusaders in the 2019 final in Christchurch, is chasing his first title of any sort.

Had the judiciary swayed the other way, the Crusaders, who lost All Black Ethan Blackadder to a season-ending shoulder injury last month, would have been considerably light in the loose forwards against the Blues’ hefty pack.

Whether Matera, who vowed not to change the way he plays the game, gets his hands on silverware for the first time or not, he’s got a decision regarding his future to make.


All Blacks name six uncapped players, with halfbacks TJ Perenara and Brad Weber the high-profile omissions.

“I still need to figure out a couple of things,” he said when asked if he’d return to the Crusaders for a second season.

“That's something that surely the decision is going to be made in the next couple of days. I don't want to lose too much focus on what's happening now, because it's really intense, and I'm enjoying it a lot. I want to stay here in the moment and make the most of it.”

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