Ideas as a Powerful Natural Resource


Ramez Naam, Energy and Environmental Systems Faculty at Singularity University and award-winning author, describes the power of ideas. Unlike physical resources, ideas don’t degrade or break and can spread from person to person without reducing their value. They’re a natural resource that accumulates with time rather than being depleted.

Filmed at Singularity University’s Executive Program, April 2014.

Ramez Naam
About The Speaker

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. 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 H.G. Wells Award-winning author of four books and lectures on energy, environment, and innovation at Singularity University, where he serves as Adjunct Faculty. He’s a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy at Aurora, Illinois.