"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."
"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."Ralph Merkle on Albert Einstein
"The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation."Ralph Merkle on Oscar Wilde
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."Ralph Merkle on Arthur C. Clarke
"The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life."Ralph Merkle on John F. Kennedy
"I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours."Ralph Merkle on John F. Kennedy
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Food is available, but it cannot be shipped into an area, so the people in that area suffer the consequences."
"Because of technological limits, there is a certain amount of food that we can produce per acre. If we were to have intensive greenhouse agriculture, we could have much higher production."