Ramez Naam was born in Cairo, Egypt, and came to the US at the age of 3. He's a computer scientist who spent 13 years at Microsoft, leading teams working on email, web browsing, search, and artificial intelligence. He holds almost 20 patents in those areas.
Ramez is the winner of the 2005 H.G. Wells Award for his non-fiction book More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement. He's worked as a life guard, has climbed mountains, backpacked through remote corners of China, and ridden his bicycle down hundreds of miles of the Vietnam coast. He lives in Seattle, where he writes and speaks full time.
We have to grow about 70 percent more food by 2050 to feed the population.
A carbon tax could be devised to incentive consumers to be ever-more energy efficient.
Geoengineering or climate engineering refers to humans taking larger action to slow down climate change or even reverse it.
One reason that we know that ideas stick and spread is because they’re useful.
Twice as many people means twice as much consumption. But it might mean three times as much innovation and we can see that throughout history.
We are very, very wired to spread ideas and that’s where the power of human innovation comes from.
I have great hope that we can continue progress for quite some long time. But eventually in each area progress does slow down a bit.