Big Thinkers - Ralph Merkle - Part 1
This is the first part of the Big Thinkers (later TechTV) television program
featuring Ralph Merkle. He is a pioneer in public key cryptography, and more
recently a researcher and speaker on molecular nanotechnology and cryonics.
Merkle appears in the science fiction novel 'The Diamond Age', as one of the
heroes of the world where nanotechnology is ubiquitous. He was a distinguished
professor in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
In addition to his work at Georgia Tech, Merkle is also a director of the Alcor
Life Extension Foundation, of Arizona. In 1988, he became a research scientist
at Xerox PARC, until 1999. Subsequently he worked as a nanotechnology theorist
for Zyvex, returning to academia in 2003 as a Distinguished Professor at Georgia
Run time: 6.55 mins