Piero Scaruffi

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Piero Scaruffi
Scaruffi in 2016
Born1955 (age 68–69)
Trivero, Biella, Italy
  • Italian
  • American
Alma materUniversity of Turin
Years active1983–present
Known for

Piero Scaruffi (born 1955) is an Italian-American writer who maintains a website on which his reviews of music, film, and art are published.[1] He has created his own publishing entity called Omnipublishing,[2] which exclusively releases his books about music and science.


Early life and education[edit]

Scaruffi was born in 1955[3] in Trivero, a comune in the Province of Biella of Italy. He graduated from the University of Turin with a degree in Mathematics.[1]


For a number of years he worked for Olivetti on artificial intelligence,[4][5] as well as at Stanford University.[6] He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University and Stanford University (conducting research on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science), lectured on "The Nature of Mind" and "History of Knowledge" (most recently at U.C. Berkeley), and published on artificial intelligence and cognitive science, including Thinking About Thought (2003) and The Nature of Consciousness (2006).

His work aims to bridge artificial intelligence, mathematics, science and art. As a software consultant, he worked on Internet applications, Artificial Intelligence and Object-Oriented design in Silicon Valley. He is an Italian-American, a naturalized U.S. citizen. He also writes about music. He published books about the history of rock music, jazz, avant garde music and modern popular music. One of them, A History of Rock and Dance Music, vol 1 and 2, spans 50 years of the genre;[7] Scaruffi estimated that it had sold 1,500 copies by 2006.[1] His writings on music are hosted online on his own website, scaruffi.com, and include a history of jazz and a history of modern classical music. The website, especially its music section, was the subject of an article in The New York Times by Dan Morrell on October 15, 2006.[1] Morrell noted the "staggering" volume of Scaruffi's work, given that the site is "a one-man operation".[1] From 2000 to 2003 he was a member of the Governing Board of Directors of the journal Leonardo.[8] The most widely known entry on Scaruffi's website is his career-spanning essay on the Beatles, effectively a polemic against the critical and popular consensus regarding the band's influence on modern music.

Scaruffi chaired, among others, the Big Bang conference of June 2008 at UC-Berkeley.[9] He has compiled an extensive "Annotated Bibliography of Mind-Related" Topics", as well. He has been running the Leonardo Art Science Evenings (LASERS) at the University of San Francisco and Stanford University, a series that he established in 2008 and as of 2022 spread to 50 universities worldwide.[10][11] He also runs the interdisciplinary quarterly events SMMMASH at Stanford University. Scaruffi is involved in organising and moderating events for Stanford Continuing Studies.[12]


Books on music

  • Le origini gli anni d'oro: 1954–1966. Milan: Arcana Editrice. 1989. ISBN 978-8-88-585938-8. (Volume 1 of Arcana's Storia del Rock series)
  • Underground & progressive: 1967–1973. Milan: Arcana Editrice. 1989. ISBN 978-8-88-585939-5. (Volume 2 of Arcana's Storia del Rock series)
  • Dal glam al punk: 1974–1980. Milan: Arcana Editrice. 1990. ISBN 978-8-88-585997-5. (Volume 3 of Arcana's Storia del Rock series)
  • Anni '80 e oltre: 1981–1990. Milan: Arcana Editrice. 1990. ISBN 978-8-88-585995-1. (Volume 4 of Arcana's Storia del Rock series)
  • Guida all'avanguardia e alla New Age. Milan: Arcana Editrice. 1991. ISBN 978-8-88-585967-8.
  • Il nuovo rock americano degli anni '90. Milan: Arcana Editrice. 1994. ISBN 978-8-87-966055-6. (Volume 5 of Arcana's Storia del Rock series)
  • Nuovi poeti rock americano. Padua: Arcana Editrice. 1994. ISBN 978-8-87-966030-3.
  • Enciclopedia della musica New Age: elettronica, ambientale, pan-etnica. Padua: Arcana Editrice. 1996. ISBN 978-8-87-966073-0.
  • Europa, Canada, Oceania e Giappone: gli anni '90. Padua: Arcana Editrice. 1997. ISBN 978-8-87-966076-1. (Volume 6 of Arcana's Storia del Rock series)
  • A History of Rock Music: 1951–2000. New York: iUniverse. 2003. ISBN 0-595-29565-7.
  • A History of Popular Music before Rock Music. Palo Alto: Omniware. 2007. ISBN 978-0-9765531-2-0.
  • A History of Jazz Music: 1900–2000. Palo Alto: Omniware. 2007. ISBN 978-0-9765531-3-7.
  • A History of Rock and Dance Music. Palo Alto: Omniware. 2009. ISBN 978-0-9765531-5-1. (Volume 1: 1951–1989)
  • A History of Rock and Dance Music. Palo Alto: Omniware. 2009. ISBN 978-0-9765531-6-8. (Volume 2: 1990–2008)

Books on cognitive science and artificial intelligence

  • L'Intelligenza artificiale: una guida per il programmatore. Padua: Franco Muzzio. 1987. ISBN 978-8-87-021422-2. (Volume 9 of Muzzio's Intelligenza Artificiale e Robotica series)
  • La mente artificiale: realtà e prospettive della "macchina pensante". Milan: Angeli. 1991. ISBN 978-8-82-046805-7. (Volume 10 of Angeli's Prometheus series)
  • La fabbrica del pensiero: nuove frontiere dell'intelligenza artificiale. Turn: La Stampa. 1996. ISBN 978-8-87-783080-7.
  • Thinking about Thought: A Primer on the New Science of Mind. New York: Writers Club Press. 2003. ISBN 978-0-595-26420-9.
  • The Nature of Consciousness: The Structure of Life and the Meaning of Matter. Palo Alto: Omniware. 2006. ISBN 978-0-9765531-1-3.
  • Intelligence Is Not Artificial. Palo Alto: Omniware. 2013. ISBN 978-0-9765531-9-9.
  • Thinking about Thought. Seattle: Createspace. 2015. ISBN 978-1-5033-6106-5.
  • Intelligence Is Not Artificial – Expanded edition. Seattle: Createspace. 2018. ISBN 978-1-984101-45-7.
  • Humankind 2.0. Beijing: Citic. 2017. ISBN 978-7-5086-7176-5.

Other books

  • Il terzo secolo: almanacco della società americana alla fine del millenio. Milan: Feltrinelli. 1996. ISBN 978-8-80-781367-2. (Volume 1367 of Feltrinelli's Universale economico series)
  • Synthesis: Essays, Photographs, Poems. Palo Alto: Omniware. 2009. ISBN 978-0-9765531-7-5.
  • A History of Silicon Valley: The Largest Creation of Wealth in the History of the Planet. Palo Alto: Omniware. 2011. ISBN 978-0-9765531-8-2. (co-authored with Arun Rao)
  • A Brief History of Knowledge: From 3000 BC to the 21st Century. CreateSpace. 2014. ISBN 978-1-5005-2665-8.
  • A History of Silicon Valley: Third Edition. Seattle: Createspace. 2016. ISBN 978-1-5087-5873-0.
  • 100 Years of Silicon Valley. Beijing: PT. 2017. ISBN 978-7-115-42996-4.


  1. ^ a b c d e Morrell, Dan (October 15, 2006). "The Greatest Web Site of All Time". New York Times. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  2. ^ Scaruffi, Piero (January 22, 2022). "Omniware Publishing House". Scaruffi.com. Redwood City, CA: Piero Scaruffi [self-published]. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved January 22, 2022. [Page contains book cover image-links to 6 apparent books, and text links to ' Founders / Events / Register / Contact'.][third-party source needed]
  3. ^ Ricci, Virginia W. (April 26, 2016). "Lo strano caso di Scaruffi nel disco di Beyoncé". Vice (in Italian). Retrieved August 3, 2022.
  4. ^ Stuart, S. C. (June 19, 2018). "Why Everything Elon Musk Fears About AI Is Wrong". PCMag. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Italian articles from the 1980s about the Olivetti A.I. Center [1]
  6. ^ Stanford AI Lab page of the 1990s [2]
  7. ^ Jablon, Robert (January 19, 2012). "Johnny Otis of 'Willie and the Hand Jive' dies". Boston.com. Boston Globe Electronic Publishing Inc. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  8. ^ page of Leonardo Journal announcing new Governing Board Members (December 2000) [3]
  9. ^ Leonardo/ISAST: Leonardo Day at Berkeley Big Bang 2008
  10. ^ A Century of Art and Technology in the Bay Area [4]
  11. ^ Stanford University profile [5]
  12. ^ Watkins, Marshall (January 20, 2012). "Bay Area thinkers ponder 'life'". The Stanford Daily. Retrieved November 29, 2013.

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