Published on April 25, 2014
Innovation responsibility and partnership
Vice and virtue are like color, sound, heat– They are not qualities, but perceptions in the mind
Whydo we think everything that begins to exist must have a cause?
Why do we think that specific causes have specific affects?
The uncertainty principle
Ironic and Unintended
Innovative people are a pain in the neck.
Yet without innovation we are doomed—by boredom and monotony—to decline.
Advancements in Technology
genetically engineered food
Hope you are not a vegetarian
no more babies for the beetle
smart dust Motes
It is raining in Sahara
The connected world
Will freedoms and possibilities liberate our minds?
peace Will technology end wars?
social democratic systems
Freedom of press is owning the press
15 years in jail For owning a computer or fax
A world of witnesses
Crackdown by Myanmar’s Junta on its Monks
The Arab Spring
222,570 people died , 300,572 were injured
2.3m people became homeless. 750,000 were women and girls of child bearing age
63,000 were pregnant
302,000 children displaced
US $4.3 billion physical damage + US $3.5 billion economic losses US $7.8 billion total Equivalent to 120% of Haiti’s 2009 GDP
60% of the government was destroyed
Within days 2 teams of telecommunications and technology experts deployed in Haiti
Relief workers crowd-sourced information – and acted on it: online maps of trapped victims innovation collaboration
Volunteers created open-source maps as guides handheld GPS devices
Pétionville - Haiti's only golf course - transformed by makeshift tents home to an estimated 55,000 people
Transformation of Pétionville documented through mapping technology
ButSometimes things go wrong
80% of child trafficking is done on the internet
The watering hole
Strong bonds vs. weak bonds
Huck Finn moment
80% of all cell phone calls originate from inside a car
Madrid 2004 - 191 people died
The invention of the single combustion engine
more cars, more congestion, more pollution, more noise people are making more money. moving to suburbs. insufficient public transport outside cities. poor quality of public transport. people’s willingness to travel longer. work hours not supported by public transport. leisure travel. prestige. Suburbanization
England cost of time lost due to congestion = $44M cost of air pollution = $6.5B cost of noise pollution and vibration = $2.8B 7000 acres of rural land were used for roads/parking 110 scientific sites replaced by roads in a year cost of accidents, injuries, death= $21B
England 29% of London's energy use was for road transport cost of heart disease (lack of exercise, obesity, stress) = $1.6B loss of working day from heart disease = $3.1B health cost due to emissions (asthma, etc.) = $31B
America population of America = 313 M number of cars = 247M carbon dioxide generated by cars = 1.530 B tons vehicle emissions (VOCs, Carbon Monoxide) are 250% higher under congested conditions cost of time lost/gas due to congestion = $256 B
America 1/3 of land in most cities is used for roads/parking number of injuries due to car accidents = 3.5 M 75% of trips to/from work were made by a single person in an automobile 50% of trips in NYC to/from work were made by a single person in an automobile heart disease is the number one disease in America cost of heart disease (lack of exercise, obesity, stress) = ??
The world avg US Carbon footprint per person Where we should be
13 million hectares of the world’s forests are lost each year
60-70 percent of deforestation in the Amazon results from cattle ranches – Most the meat is exported to NA. This is now surging due to oil and soy prices
As of now, 10% of the coral reefs world wide have already been destroyed. At this rate of destruction, approximately 70% will be killed in the next 40 years.
whales Committing suicide
The 300 million or more computers that are discarded contain a total of more than 1.2 billion pounds of lead. About 40% of the heavy metals, including lead, mercury and cadmium, in landfills come from electronic equipment discards.. The principle pathway of concern is lead leaching from landfills and contaminating drinking water supplies
We are dumping our e-waste from computers and electronic appliances in China, India and Africa. Most of this waste is processed in large-scale dismantling yards, where thousands of people are paid to break up the electronic equipment by hand, using a hammer and chisel.
The good die young
Chinese city Guiyu is the largest electronic waste site on earth, approximately 150.000 workers mostly children earn their living there by dismantling our "old" electronic gadgets.
Mercury – found in thermostats, position sensors, relays and switches (e.g. on printed circuit boards), telecommunication and mobile phones. Methyl mercury accumulates in living organisms and travels up the food chain. Methyl mercury causes brain damage. The principle exposure pathway is through food.
Toxic chemicals including dioxins and furans were found to be elevated in women's breast milk living near Electronic recycling plants, posing risk to breast-fed infants.
Unless Policy”The “No
What keeps me awake at night
The way we use the planet today is not sustainable. To act sustainably, we need to take social, environmental and economic responsibility.
Can science and technology improve the environment?
Can science and technology end poverty?
1.2 B people live with less than $1 per day
Less than 6% of the world population has 45% of the wealth
The way we behave and the choices we make as consumers have far– reaching effects on other people and environments around the world.
50,000 people who die each day from poverty, the deaths from hunger every three or four seconds, the 2.7 billion who live on less than two dollars a day.
The poorest 20% receive only 1.4% of total world income.
20% of the world’s population consume 82.7% of the total world income.
Can science and technology reduce hunger?
The way we behave and the choices we make as consumers have far–reaching effects on other people and environments around the world.
Visible bugs vs. invisible bugs
we talk about it
Technology is a thing and a flow Our stumbling block is that we think Technology is only a thing.
What is the aim of science?
Chokingoff its own vitality
Future of broad implications
Can we find a better way to work together to solve the world problems?
Can we take the responsibility together?
In three decades we have moved from the famous admonition of Margaret Thatcher – “There is no alternative!” – to the rallying cry of campaigners who shout “Another world is possible!” but hesitate to pose another sentence.
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