"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."
"A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing."Ralph Merkle on Emo Philips
"Computers are like Old Testament gods lots of rules and no mercy."Ralph Merkle on Joseph Campbell
"I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image."Ralph Merkle on Stephen Hawking
"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers."Ralph Merkle on Pablo Picasso
"I think it's fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we've ever created. They're tools of communication, they're tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user."Ralph Merkle on Bill Gates
"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."
"Disease and ill health are caused largely by damage at the molecular and cellular level, yet today's surgical tools are too large to deal with that kind of problem."