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Ep12: Ramez Naam 'Seeing the Future'

Cleaning Up. Leadership in an age of climate change.

How did Ramez Naam spot the exponential cost trends in renewables? How should we tailor our messaging to convince different audiences we need to act on climate change? Why are forecasters so often wrong?Ramez Naam, our Ep12 guest talks about all of the above and much more! Not many people manage to write critically acclaimed science-fiction series and equally appreciated non-fiction books. Even smaller subset happens to also be energy analysts and investors. And there’s only one who, in addition, holds several patents, some co-authored with Bill Gates. Ramez Naam is, by all measures, a rare type of person. Originally from Cairo, Egypt he moved to the US at the age of 3. He studied computer science nad started his career with Microsoft, where he worked on the company’s flagship projects – including Outlook. After 13 years, he switched to the energy sector and was one of the first to spot the exponential cost trends in renewables. In his 2011 piece ‘Smaller, Cheaper, Faster’ he noted that solar had the steepest learning curve and would eventually become the cheapest source of power. Ramez has written five books – the first two about the frontiers of science and how they will impact, for the better, on the human condition: The Infinite Resource: the power of ideas on a finite planet (2013) and More than human (2005). These were followed by three science fiction titles, Nexus, Crux and Apex (2015) Ramez is also an angel investor, focused on energy and sustainability, a co-chair for energy and the environment at the Singularity University, an advisor to Shell New Energies, as well as a very in-demand public speaker. He covers not only energy, but also issues like transhumanism. Key links: Ramez Naam’s websitehttps://rameznaam.com/ Ramez Naam’s author page on Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/Ramez-Naam/e/B001IOH84S Smaller Cheaper Faster (2011)https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/smaller-cheaper-faster-does-moores-law-apply-to-solar-cells/ Ramez Naam: capitalism is not the enemy of climate (2015)https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/jun/30/ramez-naam-capitalism-climate-change-ideas-markets Solar’s future is insanely cheaphttps://rameznaam.com/2020/05/14/solars-future-is-insanely-cheap-2020/ Scenarios for a solar singularity (Liebreich, December 2018)https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/scenarios-solar-singularity-michael-liebreich About Cleaning UpOnce a week Michael Liebreich has a conversation (and a drink) with a leader in clean energy, mobility, climate finance or sustainable development.Each episode covers the technical ground on some aspect of the low-carbon transition – but it also delves into the nature of leadership in the climate transition: whether to be optimistic or pessimistic; how to communicate in order to inspire change; personal credos; and so on.And it should be fun – most of the guests are Michael’s friends.Follow Cleaning Up on Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLCleaningUpFollow Cleaning Up on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/cleaning-up-with-michael-liebreichFollow Cleaning Up on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MLCleaningUpLinks to other Podcast Platforms: https://www.cleaningup.live/

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7 Oct 2020

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Cleantech, Globalization, and Climate Change with Ramez Naam

Village Global's Venture Stories

Ramez Naam (@ramez), author of the Nexus series, joins Erik on this episode.They discuss:- The arc of his career and what drove him to work on what he did.- Why clean energy didn’t realize its potential in the 2000s and why now is a good time to invest in clean energy.- His market map of opportunities in clean energy and the impact on the space that Moore’s Law is having.- The influence of Kevin Kelly and Robert Wright on his thinking.- The future of globalization.- How to reconcile egalitarianism and meritocracy.- The state of climate change.Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at villageglobal.vc or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal.


25 Jun 2020

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DEFAERO Report Daily Podcast [May 18, 2020]-Ramez Naam

Defense & Aerospace Report

On this episode of the DefAero Report Daily Podcast, sponsored by Bell, our guest is Ramez Naam, a former Microsoft executive, entrepreneur, inventor, and one of the day’s leading voices on disruptive technologies on taking risk, learning from failure and how coronavirus will change society and national security. Our vSOFIC coverage is sponsored by Bell, Elbit Systems of America and Leonardo DRS.


18 May 2020

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MoxieTalk with Kirt Jacobs #304: Ramez Naam

MoxieTalk with Kirt Jacobs

Ramez Naam is the co-chair of Energy and Environment at Singularity University. He is a computer scientist who spent 13 years at Microsoft leading teams that worked on email, web browsing, internet search, machine learning, internet-scale systems, and artificial intelligence. The products he built have touched the lives of more than a billion people. Ramez is an inventor with more than 20 patents, many of them co-authored with Bill Gates. He is also a startup investor, focused on disruptive energy startups, and is a board member of E8 Angels. He leads an angel investing syndicate on AngelList, where you can co-invest alongside him. He is on the advisory board of Shell’s New Energies division and has advised numerous Fortune 100 energy, utility, and transportation companies. He and his work have been written about in The New York Times, The Economist, Slate, Business Week, Scientific American, The Atlantic and more. Ramez is also the multi-award-winning author of five books, including “The Nexus Trilogy” science fiction novels.


18 May 2020

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REPLAY: Ramez Naam – How Renewable Energy Killed Coal and Why Radical Life Extension Isn’t Going to Happen

The Disruptors

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30 Mar 2020

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64 | Ramez Naam on Renewable Energy and an Optimistic Future

Sean Carroll's Mindscape: Science, Society, Philosophy, Culture, Arts, and Ideas

The Earth is heating up, and it’s our fault. But human beings are not always complete idiots (occasional contrary evidence notwithstanding), and sometimes we can even be downright clever. Dare we imagine that we can bring our self-inflicted climate catastrophe under control, through a combination of technological advances and political willpower? Ramez Naam is optimistic, at least about the technological advances. He is a technologist, entrepreneur, and science-fiction author, who has been following advances in renewable energy. We talk about the present state of solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources, and what our current rate of progress bodes for the near and farther future. And maybe we sneak in a little discussion of brain-computer interfaces, a theme of the Nexus trilogy.Support Mindscape on Patreon.Ramez Naam worked for 13 years at Microsoft, helping to develop early versions of Outlook, Explorer, and Bing. He founded Apex Technologies, which develops software for use in molecular design. He holds 19 patents. His science-fiction trilogy Nexus was awarded several prizes. He is chair of Energy and Environmental Systems at Singularity University.Web siteSingularity University pageAmazon.com author pageWikipediaTalk on Exponential EnergyTwitter

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16 Sep 2019

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94. How Renewable Energy Killed Coal and Why Radical Life Extension Isn’t Going to Happen | Ramez Naam of Singularity University

The Disruptors

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22 Mar 2019

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The China Startup and VC Revolution and Future of Mobile-Only Businesses | Ramez Naam

The Syndicate

Ramez Naam is a computer scientist, futurist, angel investor and award-winning author best known for his Nexus Trilogy: Nexus, Crux and Apex. His other (non-fiction) books include: The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet and More than Human: Embracing the Promises of Biological Enhancement. He’s currently co-chair of energy and the environment at Singularity University and earlier in his career... The post The China Startup and VC Revolution and Future of Mobile-Only Businesses | Ramez Naam appeared first on The Syndicate.


18 Mar 2019

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Energy disruption, Ramez Naam, Singularity University

ONS Energy Talks

Ramez Naam is impatient with what’s happening in the world of energy. In this podcast he debates how we can maintain the uplift of people’s lives by providing them with energy in a clean way. Naam also points to some of the factors that will disrupt the current energy markets.Hear from keynote speaker at the ONS 2018 Conference Opening Ceremony and Co-Chair for Energy and Environment at Singularity University.Ramez Naam is a computer scientist, investor, and award-winning author of five books. Ramez is the Co-Chair for Energy and Environment at Singularity University at NASA Ames.He speaks around the world on innovation, exponential technology, and disruptive energy technologies. Ramez’s seminal 2011 Scientific American article, “Smaller, Cheaper, Faster” observed that the price of solar power was dropping exponentially and would eventually be lower than that of any other energy source. He’s since detailed the exponential trends in wind power, energy storage, and electric vehicles. His observations have been quoted by Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, by Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis, and by energy and financial analysts around the world. In addition to his energy analysis, Ramez is an angel investor in numerous energy startups, a board member of E8 Angels, and the founder and leader of the first AngelList syndicate devoted to clean technology.His 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’s appeared on MSNBC, on Yahoo Finance, and has spoken to corporate CEOs and boards on six continents, from Istanbul to Shanghai; from Buenos Aires to Washington DC. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


14 Jan 2019

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When Science Fiction Becomes Reality – a Look into the Future with Ramez Naam

How to Live to 200 Podcast

Ramez (Mez) Naam – Author and Futurist Today’s guest is the famed author, entrepreneur, and futurist, Ramez (Mez) Naam. As an ex-Microsoft software engineering leader, Mez brings a unique perspective to the growing intersection between technology and wellness. After leaving Microsoft, Mez tried the more traditional technologist path and dove headfirst into building a startup. After spending a few years in the startup world, he decided to take some time away from building software to write his first book, More than Human. In many ways, that was just the beginning for Mez, as he soon found himself down the rabbit hole, exploring the science and technology at the thin line between science and fiction. Since then, he’s transitioned his passion for the bold ideas found in science fiction and the head-pounding adrenaline rush from the latest cutting-edge technologies, into an incredible career as an award-winning author and futurist. Today, Mez continues to write, speak, and play an influential role in the technology work, currently serving as a leader at the infamous Singularity University, where he focuses on energy exponential technologies. In today’s episode, we run through some really interesting topics, touching on a mix of Mez’s vision for the future and the most recent hard science that fuels his writing. He also shares his process for finding, evaluating, and dissecting critical science and technology information. Below are a few of the highlights from our in-depth conversation: Where Mez looks for inspiration for futuristic technologies What technologies interest him most How digital health in the developing world will change in the next 10 years The dangers of self-hacking Why Mez thinks of the genome as spaghetti code Where and how human augmentation technologies will be applied in the near future Why certain countries are poised for genetic enhancement breakthroughs How rats are living to the human equivalent 200 When can we really expect designer babies to be the standard Why Mez believes in a 3-minute workout This podcast was incredibly energizing and eye-opening for our team, so we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. About Ramez Personal Website Mez on Twitter Book: More Than Human Nexus Trilogy: Nexus, Crux, Apex The Infinite Resource Show Links Singularity University StethIO 98point6 Gretchen Reynolds Transcranial electric MIT Technology Review NewScientist @tferriss @theneurohacker @edyong209 SingularityHub Singularity University Summits Charles Stross Ken MacLeod William Hertling Paolo Bacigalupi Cory Doctorow Neal Stephenson Modafinil


17 Oct 2018