Charlie is still away. But in the meantime, I'd like to introduce our latest guest blogger: Ramez Naam.
Ramez Naam is a computer scientist, futurist, and an H.G. Wells Award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction. His two science fiction novels, Nexus and Crux, explore the power of near future technologies to link human minds, and the consequences of a War-on-Drugs and War-on-Terror-style backlash against such technologies. *Nexus* was named one of NPR's Best Books of 2013 and optioned by Paramount and Director Darren Aronofsky for a feature film.
His first non-fiction book was More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement, which gives a guided tour of human enhancement technologies, and argues that society should cautiously embrace them. His most recent is The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet, a look at the challenges of climate change, energy, water, food, and other resources and environmental issues on Earth, and our best prospects for overcoming them through innovation in science, technology, and the rules of our economies.
Ramez spent most of his adult life working in software. He founded and ran a nanonetech simulation startup. He's a fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and serves as Adjunct Faculty at Singularity University, where he teaches on energy, environment, and innovation. He lives in Seattle. You can find him at rameznaam.com or on Twitter as @ramez.