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If you think the technology is infeasible, you don't worry about what it might do and what its potential is. Ralph Merkle#Technology 68
Ralph Merkle#Technology 68
Many people in the world today are not starving because there is an inherent inability to produce food, they are starving because they are caught in the middle of political fights and blockades that have been used as weapons. Ralph Merkle#Food 66
Ralph Merkle#Food 66
Manufacturing takes place in very large facilities. If you want to build a computer chip, you need a giant semiconductor fabrication facility. But nature can grow complex molecular machines using nothing more than a plant. Ralph Merkle#Uncategorized 59
Ralph Merkle#Uncategorized 59
Nanotechnology will let us build computers that are incredibly powerful. We'll have more power in the volume of a sugar cube than exists in the entire world today. Ralph Merkle#Computer 59
Ralph Merkle#Computer 59
If you look at the human condition today, not everyone is well fed, has access to good medical care, or the physical basics that provide for a healthy and a happy life. Ralph Merkle#Medical 51
Ralph Merkle#Medical 51
If you look at the various strategies available for dealing with a new technology, sticking your head in the sand is not the most plausible strategy. Ralph Merkle#Technology 51
Ralph Merkle#Technology 51
If we attempt to block the development of new technology, we effectively have ensured that the most responsible parties will not develop them. Ralph Merkle#Technology 48
Ralph Merkle#Technology 48
Today we see a human population of over 6 billion people, many of whom have serious medical conditions, which either can't be treated or cannot be treated economically. Ralph Merkle#Medical 48
Ralph Merkle#Medical 48
We are looking at a future where to a first approximation, everyone is wealthy. Ralph Merkle#Future 44
Ralph Merkle#Future 44
Lighter computers and lighter sensors would let you have more function in a given weight, which is very important if you are launching things into space, and you have to pay by the pound to put things there. Ralph Merkle#Computer 41
Ralph Merkle#Computer 41
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