Jacopo Pantaleoni is an author, mathematician and computer scientist who is relying on his unique experience as a long-time industry insider to investigate the broad impact and side effects of emerging technologies on humankind.
Before exploring this new side of his polyhedric work, he had spent over twenty-five years doing core research at the bleeding edge of the computer graphics and high-performance computing industries that provided the pillars of the ongoing AI and Metaverse initiatives.
He had pioneered the use of photorealistic rendering in the visual effects world in the late 90s, led research at one of the main companies producing the software originally used to give life to The Matrix movies, contributed key technology for the making of James Cameron's Avatar, and worked for over 15 years as a Principal Scientist at NVIDIA, exploring the use, design and potential of the now pervasive Graphics Processing Units powering the world's largest hyper-scale data centers and AI factories.
He won two prestigious Test-of-Time Awards in recognition of his foundational work in computer graphics, led NVIDIA's early research in high-throughput DNA sequencing, chaired High-Performance Graphics multiple times, served in the papers committee of the SC'15 supercomputing conference, and held several workshops on massively parallel programming.
In July 2023 he left his role at NVIDIA to focus on
The Quickest Revolution, his debut book published in September 2023.
Distinguished Research Scientist, NVIDIA
"Relentless exponential scaling of computing power is about to have a profound effect on societies through artificial intelligence and the metaverse. This book offers an insightful and timely guide for navigating these treacherous waters"
Drawing on 25 years of experience as a leading computer scientist working at the forefront of high-performance computing, Jacopo Pantaleoni offers an in-depth look at the most important issues confronting society today stemming from the breakneck pace of technological development.
Due for publication in September 2023, The Quickest Revolution seeks to provide a panoramic view of the ongoing, exponentially-paced technological revolution, and to highlight some of its far-reaching and most concrete dangers, including the broad cognitive weakening resulting from the automatized extraction of human attention, the extreme concentration of power accumulating in the hands of a few, supersized Big Tech corporations, and a deepening economic inequality that AI risks making impossible to bridge.