Science Fiction as a Tool

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Pascal Finette interviews science fiction authors Ramez Naam and Hannu Rajaniemi about the effectiveness of films versus books as tools to prototype the future.

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.

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