Federico Pistono is perhaps the youngest guest I have ever had on Singularity 1 on 1. Despite that Federico is already a scientific educator, social activist, blogger and aspiring filmmaker. More recently, he is the author of a book called Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That’s OK and an incoming student to Singularity University.
During our discussion with Federico we cover a wide variety of topics such as: his early fascination with technology and wide spectrum of personal interests; Singularity University and the grand challenges that humanity is facing today; his upcoming book Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That’s OK; artificial intelligence and the relationship between robotization and unemployment; the technological singularity and our chances of surviving it; entrepreneurship, capitalism and intellectual property rights.
My favorite quote that I will take away from this interview with Pistono is: “The cure for boredom is curiosity. And there is no cure for curiosity.”
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Who is Federico Pistono?
Federico Pistono is a scientific educator, social activist, blogger, and aspiring filmmaker.
He has written several articles for newspapers and blogs regarding a variety of topics, from science, technology, Internet communities and social media, artificial intelligence, and climate change. He was interviewed by radio and TV stations in Italy, Denmark, and the United Stated. He hosted hundreds of hours of podcasts covering the impact of technology in society, activism, as well as science-related news. He was invited to speak at universities, symposia and other events around the world.
Federico has a formal education in science and technology, with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Verona, Department of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences. He continued his studies by following online courses at Stanford on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, as well as many other subjects. In 2012 he was accepted to the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University, NASA Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley.
He is author of the book Robots will steal your job, but that’s OK: how to survive the economic collapse and be happy, which explores the impact of technological advances have on our lives, what it means to be happy, and provides suggestions on how to avoid a systemic collapse and live happier.