The Four Lives of Federico Faggin

This is an excerpt from one of the presentations featured in the Pari Center’s event Re-Visioning Consciousness, in Pari from June 6 to 12, 2022.

Screening of the Film followed by Roundtable with the filmmaker Roberto Miller, Federico Faggin and Speakers from Re-Visioning Consciousness

We are delighted and honoured that Federico Faggin, inventor of the microprocessor and delver into the science of consciousness, will be with us in Pari for Re-Visioning Consciousness. We will also be hosting Roberto Miller the filmmaker of the documentary The Four Lives of Federico Faggin.  Following a screening of the film, there will be a panel discussion with Federico and other presenters and then an open discussion and Q&A with all participants of ‘Re-visioning Consciousness.’

The Four Lives of Federico Faggin

Italian-American Inventor and Consciousness Researcher

Documentary, 30 min., Directed by Roberto Miller, 2021

Federico Faggin shares his fascinating journey through the ages, from being born in war-time Italy to living the American dream as he became the renowned physicist, serial entrepreneur, designer of the first microprocessors and inventor of devices we still use everyday such as the touchscreen and touchpad. Then, thirty years ago, while breaking through the frontiers of artificial intelligence, he had an experience that led him to question the fundamental aspects of consciousness, the nature of reality, and life beyond the ordinary material world.

This is one of the best, most heart-opening documentaries I have ever seen. I was fascinated by Federico telling is of his early life and the road to the many discoveries and inventions in his career. But when he began to talk about how his work on computing showed him the absolute impossibility of making a computer conscious, I kept saying, ‘Yes! Yes!’

Federico had actually come to these conclusions about the primacy of consciousness and our true humanity when he realized that the prevailing materialist theory could not answer any of his questions about how consciousness could arise from biological activity. What an amazing documentary. It makes my heart sing.

Marjorie Woollacott, PhD. Professor, Institute of Neuroscience, University of Oregon. President, Academy for the Advancement of Postmaterialist Sciences.

For more information about the film: