FutureCast: Cesar Harada on Open_Sailing


FutureCast: Cesar Harada on Open_Sailing (Aug 12, 11am PT)

AUG 05, 2010 By Maureen Kirchner

Developing the International Ocean Station

August 12 at 11:00 am Pacific Time

Join Jerry Michalski in conversation with Cesar Harada to discuss Open_Sailing, an international community working to develop the International Ocean Station as an open-source project (opensailing.net).

Cesar Harada is founder of Open_Sailing and currently works as lead researcher. Previously a researcher at MIT SENSEable City Lab in Boston USA, he graduated from Ecole Boulle Paris in 2001. He completed the animation course at ENSAD Paris in 2006, studied graphic design at Central Saint Martins London, and industrial design at the ENSCI. Cesar recently graduated from Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art London. Cesar's films, performances, and installations have been featured at many festivals and international venues in the US, Japan, France, Greece, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, and Russia.

The conversation will take place on Thursday, August 12, 2010, 11am - 12pm PT.

Call-in Information

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A few thoughts from Cesar Harada...

  • 71% of earth is ocean.
  • Life on earth started in water more than 3.5 billion years ago.
  • 80% of life on earth is in the oceans.
  • The future of energy is at sea, be it renewable or fossil.
  • In the carbon cycle, we estimate oceans to hold 36,000 gigatonnes of carbon.
  • Over one billion people depend on seafood.

And yet...

  • Much of what we produce (waste and otherwise) ends up in the oceans.
  • It is estimated if we don't stop overfishing now, in 50 years we won't be able to "come back," biodiversity drops.
  • Seafarers and fishermen have the highest occupational mortality rate in the world.
  • Much of the ocean remains unexplored.

We invest billions in weapons of mass destruction, and in space conquest. Perhaps it is also a good idea to invest in what remains of life on our planet—our oceans. We must guarantee not the supremacy of an ideology, an economic model, or a country, but the future of life on earth. We need permanent infrastructures to study our oceans now.

The FutureCast series is a way to track some of IFTF's research-in-progress and join the behind-the-scenes conversations that help shape our forecasts in global trends, technology, innovation, health, and sustainability. These open conversations will be recorded and made available as podcasts on The Future Now blog.