• Silicon

  • From the Invention of the Microprocessor to the New Science of Consciousness
  • By: Federico Faggin
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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“As soon as she heard me enter, Elvia awoke from a light sleep that had overcome her as she anxiously waited: ‘How did it go?’ Excited, I exclaimed, ‘It works!’ We embraced, almost overwhelmed with feelings of euphoria and happiness, aware that something epochal had happened. On that cold January night of 1971, the world’s first microprocessor was born!”

The creation of the microprocessor launched the digital age. The key technology allowing unprecedented integration, and the design of the world’s first microprocessor, the Intel 4004, were the achievement of Federico Faggin. Shrinking an entire computer onto a tiny and inexpensive piece of silicon would come to define our daily lives, imbuing myriad devices and everyday objects with computational intelligence.

In Silicon, internationally recognized inventor and entrepreneur Federico Faggin chronicles his “four lives”: his formative years in war-torn Northern Italy, his pioneering work in American microelectronics, his successful career as a high-tech entrepreneur, and his more recent explorations into the mysteries of consciousness. In this heartfelt memoir, Faggin paints vivid anecdotes, walks listeners through society-changing technological breakthroughs, and shares personal insights, as each of his lives propels the next.

©2020 Federico Faggin (P)2021 Federico Faggin

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Modern Ground Breaking and Historically important

This book is historically important for anyone who takes modern technology seriously. Furthermore this book contains many lessons to be learned from. The conclusion of the book is insightful and imaginative. The authors growth is apparent. I am grateful to have the opportunity to listen to such an informative book.

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Great half-book

This is the rare book I left unfinished despite loving everything I had read so far, specifically up to Chapter 5. That's because the first chapters tell the "Silicon" story of Faggin's role inventing the modern microprocessor. Then by the middle of chap.5, he moves into his spiritual awakening and naive speculations about consciousness (he's in the team of "Qualia" miraculous bulls*it). It's very nice that the book is structured in this way so, once you are finished with the good stuff, you can just "mark as read" unless you are also interested in infantile philosophy which is not any less infantile just because the author is a genius in a completely unrelated intellectual area.