Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute will share his thoughts on the evolving technologies that could be vital to providing water to a growing global population. Jonathan Foley, Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences will outline the size of the food challenge and the new approaches and technologies that are needed to sustainably meet demand. Saul Griffith, CEO of Otherlab, will share his recent work on mapping energy flows in the U.S. economy and how those might shift to address a host of issues including climate change.
This event is part of the National Academies study on Grand Challenges and Opportunities in Environmental Engineering and Science. The talks will be followed by a Q&A with the committee that is authoring the study. The event is free and open to the public and will also be webcast. A video recording will be posted to the study website within a week of the event.
Where and when
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118
5 Sep 2017
Otherlab has a strong track record of attracting research funding for early and risky ideas in areas such as ‘programmable matter’, robotics, solar energy, wind energy, energy storage, computational and advanced manufacturing, medical devices and more.
Otherlab aims at developping enabling new technologies through an emphasis on prototyping coupled to rigorous physics simulation and mathematical models. Otherlab's design tools are often made in-house because it's lonely at the frontier, and to create new things and ideas you often have to create the tools to design them.