World Technology Summit Live Blog – DAY 2
9:00am – Interview w/ Danielle Nierenberg, Co-founder, Food Tank; with James P. Clark, Founder/Chairman of The World Technology Network
James Clark, on Encouraging Serendipity at the World Technology Summit: “If you could get some of the most innovative, creative people in the world together, why not devote some of that time to a challenge, and whether or not we could come up with fresh ideas to solve it. What kind of serendipitous encounters can come out of these people here today?”
Danielle Nierenberg: “I think it’s important the food and agriculture people… be with some of the smartest people working on new technology…and it can be an effective way to push these issues myself and others ask to improve the food system.”
9:15- Hunger and Food Tank-
Danielle Nierenberg, Ken Quinn, Navyn Salem, Joel Berg, Sebastian Stricker, John Coonrod. – Begin “User Experience Fishbowl”
Proposed questions for “User Experience Fishbowl” / idea crowdfunding event for solving food crisis:
What is happening around us that demands innovation? Where are we starting? Given our purpose and this innovation, what seems possible now? What is at stake if there’s no change? How could this innovation be disseminated?
Estimated cost to end hunger in America: “30Billion” ”85% of hunger is a result of discrimination against women and girls.”
Editor Note: ( We should think about the difference between hunger and nutritional deprivation. Cheap fast food is a problem. We should think about 3d printed food, free “Food Parks” and automated vertical farms. )
We waste 1.3 billion tons of food every year.
10:40am – Mark Post, Professor Chair of the Physiology Department at Maastricht University
Meat consumption has always been a part of humanity but, by some irony, now threatens our species.
By 2050, meat consumption will double.
Muscle stem cells, with one cell, can yield 1,000 kilos of meat.
Requirements for efficiency: serum, medium, 2D to 3D culture, mimicry.
These cells are actually exercise ‘junkies’ so if you provide exercise… they self-organize in 24 hours i anchor points and ‘beef up.’
Cost of the first artificial burger? $300,000.
In the end I think that, if we improve efficiency, we can solve a ton of issues: environmental, hunger, and at the same time relieve our conscious of the fact we’re eating meat.
11:04am- Navyn Salem, Executive Director, Edesia, Global Nutrition Solutions. “Fighting malnutrition through social enterprise.”
Malnutrition is the single greatest cause of poverty. Can business solutions solve major global health challenges? In my opinion, yes.
Edesia was created with many bottom lines: relieve needless suffering for children, create jobs and boost local economy, and support agriculture in US and overseas.
The reason for starting in the US was to… focus on innovation. What’s not being done now? There’s so many regional demographics that we need to look for and fix the gaps out there. It also allows us to use US funding and resources. The reality is, that’s still how a lot of [food sourcing] has to be done today.
Ready-to-use foods: made from peanuts, milk powder, vegetable oil, sugar, vitamins and minerals. Do not require addition of water, refrigeration, and have a 24-month shelf life.
Future models of distribution channels: social marketing, traditional marketplace, Governments (SUN Movement).
Impact since 2010: 27,176,832 pounds of ready-to-use foods. 1.6 million children reached in 36 countries.
11:21am – Hunger Initiative, “Open Space Technology”
3:00pm- Daan Roosegaarde, Artist and Innovator, Studio Roosengaarde,
Environment is not an aesthetic thing, but it recognizes how many people are there.
The more excited [the model] becomes, the more she reveals of herself.
Here, fashion is not an aesthetic, it becomes personalized.
We decided to work on a suit for men, but it would only become transparent when you lie.
Lotus: based on the heat of your breath, metal stretches out from a curl.
Lotus Dome: based on the heat of your hand, the dome folds out like a flower. First used in a church in Austria.
In a time where European governments are shutting off streetlights, we’ve created glowing lines where roads can glow in the dark at night and save countries money on energy. We’re now developing smart highways.
Induction shoulder lanes can be developed to charge electric cars on the go.
3:15 – Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot
The revolution will be 3D printed.
4 out of the top 10 architecture firms in the US use MakerBots.
MakerBot Digitizer takes physical things and make them digital. You don’t have to know ‘cad’ to do this.
We launched an initiative with the White House called MakerBot Academy with a goal to put a MakerBot in every class room.
3:27 - Luis von Ahn, Founder and CEO of DuoLingo
200 Million Captchas typed all around the world every day.
Can we get you to do something useful while typing a Captcha?
Two words instead of one: first word used that the computer knows to tell if you’re human or not, second word is one computer doesn’t recognize and one more word becomes digitized.
Aim is to digitize 100 million words a day and digitize books through Captchas.
I wanted to do something that would give access to education regardless of socioeconomic status.
1.2 Billion people in the world learning a new language. Majority of language learning market is English as a Second Language.
I wanted to give a free way to learn languages. That’s where the idea of recycling learning comes from.
While students are learning, they are producing something of value. Much like Captchas.
DuoLingo: Language translation is needed, 1B people are looking to learn new langauge, can learning students provide translations?
DuoLingo’s aim is for people to learn a new language while simultaneously translating the Web.
3:43pm – Mariarosaria Taddeo, Fellow, Cyber Security & Ethics, Department of Politics & International Studies, University of Warwick and Research Associate at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, University of Oxford.
There must be a balance between cyber-security and individual rights in order to secure well being.
Contemporary information societies experience a blurring of the lines that separates civil from military, public from private, real from virtual, human from environment…The cyber-sphere has become an important thread of the fabric of the reality we live in.
Cyber security has gone from security of the cyber world for the cyber world to security of the cyber world for the physical world.
The nature of the cyber sphere facilitates surveillance and controlling measures, to the extent that it becomes feasible to wonder whether personal data and information could be completely accessible by those who enforce such measures… hence undermining individuals’ rights. (Panopticon)
The main problem: Cyber-security is perceived as the opposite of individual liberties: the more we enjoy of the former the less we do of the latter.
Individuals living in the information age construct their identities also through their online persona.
Achieving well-being = securing the following: shaping own narrative, high connectivity, valuable information access, and being secure in the cyber sphere.
Cyber security measures are the precondition for the enjoyment of individual liberties and allow individual to achieve their well-being in the information age.
The balance between security and rights is achieved when the former is preparatory to the the achievement of the latter.
Why should we care? Ethics acts as a relay, e.g. to balance security and liberties.
3:58 - Charles Elachi, Director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
It takes 14 minutes for a signal to get from the Earth to Mars. When we receive contact, a robot has been either alive or dead for 7 minutes. Known as the “7 minutes of terror” for robots to respond after landing. Example: Curiosity Mars landing.
Curiosity finding: Every ingredient in your body exists on Mars.
Vision for the next two decades: accomplish mars sample return via a series of missions (2020), and preparation for human exploration of Mars: Precursory technologies/missions.
We’re now planning a mission to sound ice on Europa, orbiting Jupiter, for minerals.
Thanks to Cory Healy for speed typing and WTN for a great event. – Gray Scott