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IEET > Contributors > Piero Scaruffi

piero scaruffi

piero scaruffi is an author, cultural historian and blogger who graduated in Mathematics in his native Italy before undertaking a career in the software industry of Silicon Valley, where he directed an Artificial Intelligence Center. In parallel he pursued his interests in the arts. Visiting scholarships at Harvard and Stanford in Cognitive Science and lecturing at UC Berkeley resulted in the book “The Nature of Consciousness” (2006). All along he also continued writing poetry both in Italian (for which he has been awarded several prizes) and in English. His main books on music are: “A History of Rock and Dance Music” (2009) and “A History of Jazz Music 1900-2000” (2007). He also co-wrote the first “History of Silicon Valley” to cover the century from the founding of Stanford University to the boom of social media. All along he also continued writing poetry both in Italian (for which he has been awarded several prizes) and in English. “Synthesis” (2009) collects poems and meditations.  His main books on music are: “A History of Rock and Dance Music” (2009) and “A History of Jazz Music 1900-2000” (2007).  All his writing is hosted on his website:

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"Erdogan’s Wars"  Aug 16, 2015

"The cost of Greek austerity - what would Socrates think of this mess?"  Jul 13, 2015

"The Algorithmic Society and the Birth of Religion"  Jun 26, 2015

"Hindu Fundamentalism - is it going down the way of Islam?"  May 28, 2015

"India: little real progress for most people during the 20-year economic boom"  May 26, 2015

"The Genetics and Neuroscience of Torture"  Mar 26, 2015

"The Master Switch - The Rise and Fall of Information Empires"  Mar 5, 2015

"The Future of Freedom"  Feb 21, 2015

"The Concept of Mind, A Book Review"  Feb 14, 2015

"The Power of Pull"  Jan 22, 2015

"The Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics"  Jan 8, 2015

"On “The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human”"  Dec 1, 2014

"On “How We Became Post-Human”"  Nov 24, 2014

"Brain, Mind, and the Structure of Reality"  Nov 21, 2014

"A Wiki for President"  Nov 12, 2014

"Why oil is getting cheaper"  Oct 29, 2014

"Nick Bostrom’s “Superintelligence” (Part II)"  Oct 14, 2014

"Book review: Nick Bostrom’s “Superintelligence”"  Oct 12, 2014

"On Steven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of our Nature”"  Aug 31, 2014

"How Beppe Grillo is failing while trying to control eDemocracy in Italy"   Ethical Technology  Jul 14, 2013

"The Fittest Species: Who is Winning the War for Survival"   Ethical Technology  Mar 29, 2013

"The value of technology: The USA will not decline any time soon"  Mar 19, 2013

"Rules Save Lives but do not Save Brains"   Ethical Technology  Mar 15, 2013

"What is consciousness?"  Mar 14, 2013

"The War on Drugs: What’s the Point?"   piero scaruffi  Mar 10, 2013

"A New History of Prehistory - Part 1 & 2"  Mar 7, 2013

"Why the Singularity is not Coming any Time Soon"   Ethical Technology  Feb 11, 2013

"A review of Federico Pistono’s book Robots Will Steal Your Job But That’s OK"   Ethical Technology  Dec 7, 2012

"The Fittest Species: Who is Winning the War for Survival?"   piero scaruffi  Oct 21, 2012

"The Biggest Problem of All: The End of the World is Coming?"   piero scaruffi  Oct 4, 2012

"The Age of Big Data and the Death of Theory"   piero scaruffi  Sep 21, 2012

"Islam and Modernity"   piero scaruffi  Sep 19, 2012

"Democracy in the Middle East - Why not Iran?"   piero scaruffi  Sep 12, 2012

"A Referendum on Ayn Rand"   piero scaruffi  Aug 21, 2012

"Why Iran Should Worry"   piero scaruffi  Aug 16, 2012

"The Male Bias in Archeology - A Commonsense, Feminist Revision of Pre-History"   piero scaruffi  Aug 5, 2012

"Revising the Myth of Longevity"   piero scaruffi  Jul 29, 2012

"Is the United States a Democracy? Or Not?"   piero scaruffi  Jul 27, 2012

"Democracy vs. Confucius"   piero scaruffi  Jul 18, 2012

"No Winners in Afghanistan"   piero scaruffi  Jul 14, 2012

"Assessing the “Liberation” of Iraq - Nine Years Later"   piero scaruffi  Jul 6, 2012

"A Timeline of Silicon Valley"   piero scaruffi  Jun 28, 2012

"National Rifle Association (NRA) - the Largest Terrorist Organization in the World Strikes Again"   piero scaruffi  Jun 22, 2012

"How Not to Solve a Problem (the Eurozone Crises)"   piero scaruffi  Jun 18, 2012

"Why Russians don’t like the West"   piero scaruffi  Jun 2, 2012

"The Nonlinear Origins of Free Will"   piero scaruffi  May 16, 2012

"The Asian Miracle"   piero scaruffi  May 1, 2012

"The Turkish dictatorship, Turkey’s “sense of humor,” and a Timeline of Turkish History"   piero scaruffi  Apr 11, 2012

"India: another great illusion?"   piero scaruffi  Mar 30, 2012

"Israel will strike Iran before November"   piero scaruffi  Mar 24, 2012

"Syria: the center of the New World Order"   piero scaruffi  Feb 14, 2012

"Facebook’s Brave New World"   piero scaruffi  Feb 7, 2012

"The Russian Spring"   piero scaruffi  Jan 31, 2012

"We Are All Pirates"   piero scaruffi  Jan 25, 2012

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