Author Archives: Ramez Naam

The Ultimate Interface: Your Brain

A shorter version of this article first appeared at TechCrunch. The final frontier of digital technology is integrating into your own brain. DARPA wants to go there. Scientists want to go there. Entrepreneurs want to go there. And increasingly, it looks like … Continue reading

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The Singularity is Further Than it Appears

This is an updated cross-post of a post I originally made at Charlie Stross’s blog. Are we headed for a Singularity? Is AI a Threat? tl;dr: Not anytime soon. Lack of incentives means very little strong AI work is happening. … Continue reading

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Tesla Battery Economics: On the Path to Disruption

Update: The Tesla battery is better than I thought for homes. And at utility scale, it’s deeply disruptive. Elon Musk announced Tesla’s home / business battery today. tl;dr: It’ll get enthusiastic early adopters to buy. The economics are almost there to make it cost … Continue reading

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Why I’m Wearing an Eye Patch

  Choose from among the following: A) I like costumes. B) I really wanted to look like Samuel L Jackson. C) It’s an interesting (and humbling) learning experience, walking around with one eye. D) The left half of my face … Continue reading

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China Isn’t the Reason Solar is Cheap. Innovation Is.

“The only reason solar is so cheap is because China is dumping cells.” I hear this a lot. So let me correct it. Here is the price, as of February 2015, of solar modules, per watt sold in Europe. SE … Continue reading

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Solar + Wind, More Than the Sum of Their Parts

David Roberts has an amazing first post in his new job at Vox, on why a solar future is inevitable. Clearly I’m bullish on solar. My own reasons are that: 1. Solar is plunging in price far faster than any … Continue reading

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The Prime Minister of Singapore is a Coder

Amazing. I know nothing of his politics or skills as a leader. But this surprised me. Can we import this guy? Elect more engineers, scientists, and developers to office in the United States? Full transcript of this speech here. Hat … Continue reading

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Why Energy Storage is About to Get Big – and Cheap

tl;dr: Storage of electricity in large quantities is reaching an inflection point, poised to give a big boost to renewables, to disrupt business models across the electrical industry, and to tap into a market that will eventually top many of … Continue reading

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How Much Land Would it Take to Power the US via Solar?

I’ve seen some pieces in the media lately questioning this, so allow me to point to some facts based on real-world data. tl;dr: We’ll probably never power the world entirely on solar, but if we did, it would take a … Continue reading

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A Simple Suggestion for the Hugo Awards

If you haven’t followed the Hugo Awards, some context. A slate of nominees backed by a voting block is dominating this year’s awards, so much so that the slate has every single nomination in some categories – like Best Short … Continue reading

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