Nathan Myhrvold challenges British aristocrat Matt Ridley's view that government just gets in the way of the natural evolution of science and invention - that too much taxpayer money is spent on science, and that patents hinder progress.
Nathan Myhrvold squares off with author and journalist Matt Ridley on the source of true technological innovation. Nathan takes Ridley to task on a number of issues and defends the critical role government investment plays in basic scientific research, discusses the importance of patents and awards, and clarifies the true nature of parallel discovery in innovation.
Nathan Myhrvold explains the role of invention in solving the most difficult problems for the poorest people in the world, shares thoughts on how to manage teams of smart people to accomplish great things and discusses the value of failure in the game of invention.
Nathan Myhrvold provides his thoughts on entrepreneurship, the characteristics of successful invention and innovation, and more alongside the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Sir James Dyson and other successful entrepreneurs.
Nathan Myhrvold tells CNN's Fareed Zakaria about how an asteroid could have changed the 20th century.
Nathan Myhrvold cautions against drawing unsupported conclusions from dinosaur growth data
A new study by Carnegie’s Ken Caldeira and Nathan Myhrvold of Intellectual Ventures concludes that about half of the warming occurs within the first 10 years after an instantaneous step increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration, but about one-quarter of the warming occurs more than a century after the step increase. Their work is published in Environmental Research Letters.
Could replacing coal-fired electricity plants with generators fueled by natural gas bring global warming to a halt in this century? What about rapid construction of massive numbers of solar or wind farms, hydroelectric dams, or nuclear reactors—or the invention of new technology for capturing the carbon dioxide produced by fossil-fueled power plants and storing it permanently underground? Nathan Myhrvold of Intellectual Ventures teamed up with Carnegie Institution’s Ken Caldeira to calculate the expected climate effects of replacing the world’s supply of electricity from coal plants with any of eight cleaner options.