Ramez Naam

Ramez Naam

Chair

Energy & Environmental Systems

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Areas of Expertise

Exponentials  •  Exponential Organizations  •  Environment  •  Energy

About Ramez

Ramez Naam is a computer scientist, futurist, and award-winning author. Ramez spent 13 years at Microsoft, where he led teams developing early versions of Microsoft Outlook, Internet Explorer, and the Bing search engine. His career has focused on bringing advanced collaboration, communication, and information retrieval capabilities to roughly one billion people around the world, and took him to the role of Partner and Director of Program Management within Microsoft. While there, he developed deep experience leading teams working on cutting-edge technologies such as machine learning, search, massive scale services, and artificial intelligence.

Between stints at Microsoft, Ramez founded and ran Apex NanoTechnologies, the world’s first company devoted entirely to building software tools to accelerate molecular design. He holds 19 patents related to search engines, information retrieval, web browsing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

Ramez is also the H.G. Wells Award-winning author of four books, including The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet (non-fiction), which looks at the environmental and natural resource challenges of climate change, energy, water, and food, and charts a course to meet those challenges by investing in the scientific and technological innovation needed to overcome them, and by changing our policies to encourage both conservation and critical innovations.

He’s a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy at Aurora Illinois. In his leisure, Ramez has climbed mountains, descended into icy crevasses, chased sharks through their native domain, 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.

XTech 2017 Day 1 - 2 : Keynote: Enhancing Humans, Advancing Humanity

Future of Energy I Exponential Energy I SingularityU Czech Summit 2018

Energy | SingularityU Brazil Summit

Foundation In Exponentials: Energy | Global Summit 2018

Brains 2.0 - "Machine Learning and the Market for Intelligence" on October 23, 2018.

Exponential Innovation

How energy is transforming finance - Exponential Finance 2019

Exponential Innovation | SingularityU Spain Summit 2019

Energy | SingularityU Spain Summit 2019

Speaking Topics

  • Energy and Environment

    The world is bumping up against multiple environmental and natural resource hurdles – climate change, peak oil, fresh water shortages, rising prices for food, minerals, and commodities of all sorts. At the same time, a growing population and a surge in the wealth of the developing world is increasing consumption. Can innovation keep pace? What are the true limits to growth? How do we overcome the challenges that face us? The session will provide an overview of the key natural resource and environmental challenges that face us, the on-the-horizon innovations that hold the promise to overcome them, and the policies that would best encourage innovation in those critical fields. The truelimits to economic and natural resource growth on Planet Earth will be presented and discussed.

  • Energy, Disrupted

    The world is bumping up against multiple environmental and natural resource hurdles: climate change, peak oil, fresh water shortages, and rising prices for food, minerals, and commodities of all sorts. At the same time, a growing population and a surge in the wealth of the developing world is increasing consumption. Can innovation keep pace? What are the true limits to growth? How do we overcome the challenges that face us? This session will provide an overview of the key natural resource and environmental challenges that face us, the on-the-horizon innovations that hold the promise to overcome them, and the policies that would best encourage innovation in those critical fields. The true limits to economic and natural resource growth on Planet Earth will be presented and discussed.

  • Exponential Organizations & Disruption

    We’re living in the age of exponential technologies: Computing, AI, machine learning, robotics, self-driving cars, 3D printing, drones, virtual reality, augmented reality, the internet of a trillion things, and more. The sudden surge of their performance empowers individuals and new players, but threatens to disrupt incumbent businesses. The only way to respond is to re-organize for the exponential age, embracing experimentation, autonomy, bottoms-up innovation, networked business models, and an empowered, inspired workforce. Here’s what leaders can do to change their organization and to become disruptors rather than be the disrupted.

  • Global Planetary Optimism

    We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. The world faces incredible challenges: Climate change, forests, food, oceans, water. It’s people face challenges just as large: Poverty, inequality, violence, and hate. Yet our ability to innovate in technology, in policy, and in new ways to run our businesses gives us the opportunity to overcome all of these challenges. From solar power to desalination; from VR to decentralized democracy. The choice is up to each of us to step up, take action, and do well by doing good.

  • How Clean Energy is Disrupting the $6 Trillion Energy Industry – and How to Profit

    Discover How Clean Energy is Disrupting the $6 Trillion Energy Industry – and How to Profit

    Energy is the world’s largest industry, with $6 Trillion spent per year around the world. It’s being disrupted by exponential technologies, as the price of solar power, wind power, battery storage, and electric vehicles all rapidly plunge in pace.

    The way we generate and consume energy, and move ourselves and our goods from place to place, is on the brink of radical change. Every consumer, business, investor, and nation will be affected. Those that embrace this change will profit. Those slow to move will be disrupted.

    With the information in this talk you will:
    – Understand the trajectory of plunging prices in clean energy and transport
    – Identify ways for you and your company to avoid losses and realize profits.
    – Glimpse the massive geo-political changes as oil-producing nations lose their main source of revenue.
    – Gain insights into how to invest in the clean energy future.

  • Reinventing Education for the Human Good

    The most important enabler of human well-being is education. In the face of concerns over growing inequality in rich countries, and potential loss of jobs from automation, education empowers women and men to stay ahead and to build a better, healthier society. So how can we improve it?

    Digital technology has transformed how we deliver books, music, and videos. It’s transformed how we measure the performance and effectiveness of products and services. It’s enabled companies like Google to experiment rapidly and scientifically with the design of their algorithms to maximize the success of their customers. All of these principles and more can be brought to bear in education, for both children and adults, to dramatically increase its effectiveness. The opportunities for new entrepreneurs,learners, and society as a whole are tremendous

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