Federico Pistono is an entrepreneur, angel investor, researcher, author, science educator and public speaker. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Verona, and he's a graduate of Singularity University, NASA Ames Research Park.


He is Head of Blockchain at Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, the first supersonic travel on land in history; and Futurist and Technology Expert in the program "Codice: la vita è digitale" (Code: life is digital), which airs on Rai1, the major national TV channel in Italy.


Federico has more than 15 years of professional experience in a variety of different fields: Computer Science, Wireless Technology, System Administration, Web Development, Product Management, UX design, Human Machine Interaction, Education, Science Communication, Video Editing and Production, Screenwriting, and Directing.


At 31 years old, Federico became the youngest member of Italian Angels for Growth, the largest and most prestigious Angel Investors group in Italy. He has co-founded four startups—two in Italy and two in the US—in the fields of e-learning, media production and distribution, wireless communication technology, and has consulted on technology and innovation for governments and Fortune 500 companies across the world, including Lufthansa and Google.


He's author of three books: "Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK: How to Survive the Economic Collapse and be Happy", which became an international success, published in English, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, and Chinese; the sci-fi novel "A Tale of Two Futures"; and "Startup Zero.0", a book on innovation written in Italian.


His work has been cited and utilized by major economic institutions, universities, and think tanks, such as The Economist Intelligence Unit, the Italian Government, Google EU Public Policy and the European Commission.

Honors and Awards

  • 2014: $40,000 prize for entrepreneurship by the Chilean government and acceptance into the program Start Up Chile.
  • 2012: Young Italian Knights Award for his outstanding achievements and Social Impact.
  • 2012: Full Scholarship for the Graduate Study Program at Singularity University, NASA Ames Search Park, Silicon Valley.
  • 2009: Winner of the International Journalism Competition on Climate Change for the COP15, European Journalism Centre.
  • 2007: Winner of the "Linux-Mega-Quiz" at LinuxTag, 2007.
  • 2004: Full Scholarship for the UWC, United World Colleges Baccalaureate Programme.

Articles by Federico


AI Research

AI research

Unethical Research: How to Create a Malevolent Artificial Intelligence

Federico Pistono, Roman V. Yampolskiy, proceedings of Ethics for Artificial Intelligence Workshop (AI-Ethics-2016). Pages 1-7. New York, NY. July 9 -- 15, 2016. arXiv:1605.02817 [cs.AI].

Media Coverage

In the Media

Interviews and documentaries

Russia Today
Interview by Abby Martin
Largest online Blockchain Publication
Canale 5
Italian TV
University of Groningen
Economics and Business student Faculty
Huffington Post
A future of unemployment
German TV
Our digital Identity
Extended interview from the documentary "Our Technological Identity Crises"
by Colin Marchon, Winner of the 2015 NBR STUDENT GRANT.
Burning Man
Gift Society and Basic Income, Short documentary on the culture of Burning Man.
XPRIZE on Stark Trek
XPRIZE interview on, Star Trek, Isaac Asimov, and How Science Fiction Inspires Innovation

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