Ramez Naam

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Renowned Computer Scientist, Futurist and Award-Winning Author; Expert on Search Engines, Information Retrieval, Web Browsing, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning; Lecturer on Energy, the Environment and Innovation, Singularity University

Biography

Ramez Naam is a computer scientist, futurist and award-winning author. Naam 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. Naam has deep experience leading teams working on cutting edge technologies such as machine learning, search, massive scale services and artificial intelligence.

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

Naam is also the award-winning author of five books, including “The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet” (University Press of New England, April 2013), which looks at the environmental and natural resource challenges of climate change, energy, water and food. The book 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.

Naam lectures on energy, environment and innovation at Singularity University. He invests in innovative energy startups. He has spoken to audiences on four continents, from Illinois to Istanbul and from corporate boardrooms to Harvard University. Television and media appearances include MSNBC, Yahoo Finance, China Cable Television, BigThink and Reuters. His work has appeared in, or been reviewed by, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Slate, BusinessWeek, Business Insider, Discover, Popular Science, Wired and Scientific American.

Naam is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy at Aurora Illinois.

Ramez Naam is available for paid speaking engagements including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, conference talks, and advisory/consulting services through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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Nexus

(Axon Press, February 2015)

Crux

(Axon Press, February 2015)

Apex

(Angry Robot, May 2015)

The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet

(University Press of New England, 2013)

More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement

(Broadway Books, March 2005)

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Radical Planetary Optimism

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Biography

Ramez Naam is a computer scientist, futurist and award-winning author. Naam 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. Naam has deep experience leading teams working on cutting edge technologies such as machine learning, search, massive scale services and artificial intelligence.

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

Naam is also the award-winning author of five books, including “The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet” (University Press of New England, April 2013), which looks at the environmental and natural resource challenges of climate change, energy, water and food. The book 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.

Naam lectures on energy, environment and innovation at Singularity University. He invests in innovative energy startups. He has spoken to audiences on four continents, from Illinois to Istanbul and from corporate boardrooms to Harvard University. Television and media appearances include MSNBC, Yahoo Finance, China Cable Television, BigThink and Reuters. His work has appeared in, or been reviewed by, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Slate, BusinessWeek, Business Insider, Discover, Popular Science, Wired and Scientific American.

Naam is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy at Aurora Illinois.

Ramez Naam is available for paid speaking engagements including keynote addresses, speeches, panels, conference talks, and advisory/consulting services through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

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