CleanWeb advocate Sunil Paul delivered an interesting presentation at yesterday’s Green:Net conference in San Francisco:
Infrastructure gains have gotten the environmental industry pretty far, Paul said, “but the CleanWeb is the ability to distribute software and services on top of that infrastructure that makes it more efficient, and that is the next big evolution in clean-tech.” Continued at http://gigaom.com
KQED explores Northern California science, environment and nature with a great roundup of San Francisco bay area biomimicry – be sure to watch the video:
Underwater glue, molecular-sized solar cells, self-assembly, insect communication, swarm behavior, genetic algorithms – what do these biological phenomena have in common? These are all inspiring innovation through a process called “biomimicry.” Biomimicry is budding in the Bay Area in the form of new business technologies, design think tanks, and K-university curriculum. Continued at http://www.kqed.org/quest
Jody Turner, ne of FastCompany’s expert bloggers, introduces an article by Jake Cook.Jody Cofounder of Digital Wax Works.
Janine Benyus is often cited as the founder of the biomimicry movement through the publishing of her landmark book, Biomimcry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. Ms. Benyus has made a remarkable career by pointing out what’s been under all our noses. However, these ideas have been slow to be adopted into engineering and design curriculums in accredited universities.
Yet all this is changing. As Janine states; “The time is coming when engineering and design students will finally be able to take a class in biology-based design principles. Amazingly enough, for the people who make our world, usually they take no biology.”