Ramez Naam is a professional technologist and science fiction writer.
He was involved in the development of widely used software products such
as Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Outlook. His last role at
Microsoft was as a Partner Group Program Manager in Search Relevance for
Between stints at Microsoft, Ramez 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.
His books include More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement (which won the 2005 H.G. Wells Award), More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement, Nexus (which won the 2014 Prometheus Award), Crux, and Apex.
Ramez currently holds a seat on the advisory board of the Institute for Accelerating Change, is a member of the World Future Society, a Senior Associate of the Foresight Institute, and is a fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.
Ramez lectures on energy, environment, and innovation at Singularity University, where he serves as Adjunct Faculty. He’s spoken to audiences on four continents, from Illinois to Istanbul and from corporate boardrooms to Harvard University. He’s appeared on Sunday morning MSNBC, repeatedly on Yahoo! Finance, on China Cable Television, on BigThink, and Reuters.fm. His work has appeared in, or been reviewed by, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, Slate, Business Week, Business Insider, Discover, Popular Science, Wired, and Scientific American. He’s a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy at Aurora Illinois.
His patents include System and method for ranking search results based on tracked user preferences, System and method for generating attribute-based selectable search extension, Prioritizing search results by client search satisfaction, Inline search results from user-created search verticals, Machine directed improvement of ranking algorithms, Generating a subindex with relevant attributes to improve querying, and Smart links.
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