Ramez Naam is a computer scientist, author, and futurist. He spent thirteen years at Microsoft, where he played leadership roles on early versions of Outlook, Internet Explorer, and Bing, driving work in information retrieval, high scale systems, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.
He's the H.G. Wells-award and Prometheus-award winning author of four books: The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet, which charts a course to innovate our way past challenges in energy, food, water, and climate; More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancementwhich showed the promise and ethics of enhancing human abilities; and the brain-hacking science-fiction thrillers Nexusand Crux. Nexus was picked by NPR as one of the best books of 2013 and has been optioned as a film by Paramount.
Ramez’s work has appeared in or been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Atlantic, Slate, Business Week, Discover, Wired, and Scientific American. He teaches on innovation, environment, and energy at Singularity University at NASA Ames and is a Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. He's appeared on MSNBC, on Yahoo Finance, on Reason TV, and before live audiences on four continents, from Argentina to Istanbul; from Shenzhento Washington DC.