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I finished the book!

It doesn't seem real, but it is it. I finally finished the book.

It's been quite a ride. Eight months of researching, studying, discussing, and writing. During this time I read hundreds of articles, scientific papers, dozens of books, and spoke with innumerable more people. As my first attempt, I know that in retrospect it will feel like a rough edit. Every time I wrote something, waited a bit, then went back reading it, I wanted to change, subtract, transform. Eventually I realised I had to stop and be content with what I had done.

Since I gave my resignation from my old job back in April, I moved to the Renewable Energy Park (PeR) in Umbria, a quiet off-the-grid place in the middle of the Umbrian forest, where was able to work on the book full time. I would split my days between working on the book and taking walks in the woods, thinking. I worked really hard to finish it on time, before leaving for Singularity University. I regularly worked 12 or more hours per day, non-stop, for weeks. I really felt in a state of flow, captivated by it. It's been a truly amazing experience.

I want to thank all of those who participated in this collaborative project. To my fans and followers on facebook and twitter, who inundated me with links from every corner. To my friends who gave me invaluable advices, helping me along the way. To all those who believed in me, and gave me the strength and confidence to endure, until the end. Thank you.

When will the book come out?

The book is now in the proofreading phase, after that I will take care of the formatting and printing. The first copies will be delivered to my IndieGoGo supporters as promised, possibly before the end of June.

The book will go on sale on November 5 2012. To keep up to date with the latest news, subscribe via twitter, facebook, or email.

As promised, it will be released under a Creative Commons License, specifically BY-NC-SA 3.0. For those waiting for the free version, I have a special surprise... stay tuned!

ZDAY 2012 Vancouver - Robots will steal your job

My talk at ZDAY 2012 Vancouver regarding automation, technology, and their impact on jobs and the economy.

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Transparency Revolution Interview with Federico Pistono on Automation and Unemployment

Phil Bowermaster of Transparency Revolution interviewed me about automation, technological unemployment, and my upcoming book. Thank to TR for the interview. Here's a link to the original post:
http://www.transparencyrevolution.com/2012/02/robots-are-stealing-our-jobs/

This Week in The News

It's been an amazing week. The book is gaining a lot of interest, and things are starting to catch up very quickly. I had an interview with Peter Murray from Singularity Hub, and he wrote a very good article about my upcoming book, which was even featured on the front page of their website.

Next, I was contacted by The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), whose mission is to be a center for voices arguing for a responsible, constructive, ethical approach to the most powerful emerging technologies. They believe that technological progress can be a catalyst for positive human development so long as we ensure that technologies are safe and equitably distributed.

You can read my article here, which will part of a series, outlining the general principles presented in the book.

I've also been contacted by some very influential people and organisations. Things are looking good, the times are extremely exciting.

We are moving fast.

Important Announcement

Hurray! I will be spending my summer at the Singularity University's Graduate Studies Program 2012, NASA - Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley. http://singularityu.org

Singularity University is non profit whose aim is to assemble, educate and inspire a cadre of leaders who strive to understand and facilitate the development of exponentially advancing technologies and apply, focus and guide these tools to address humanity's grand challenges.

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Music
WEEKENDS!!! (feat. Sirah) - Skrillex

Federico Pistono interviewed by Z Radio on Technological unemployment


I had an interesting conversation with the guys at Z Radio (http://zbnlive.com) about technological unemployment, automation, technological singularity, and my new book "Robots will steal your job, but that's OK: how to survive the economic collapse and be happy".

Enjoy.

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