"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."
"I'm not feeling very well - I need a doctor immediately. Ring the nearest golf course."Ralph Merkle on Groucho Marx
"A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running."Ralph Merkle on Groucho Marx
"Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died."Ralph Merkle on Erma Bombeck
"They certainly give very strange names to diseases."Ralph Merkle on Plato
"Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club. You're not out of it until the computer says you're out of it."Ralph Merkle on Erma Bombeck
"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."