Friday, July 6, 2012

Feeling Awfully Hopeful

Inventor, Cesar Harada, says the one thing the BP oil spill, islands of floating plastic garbage in the ocean, and the Fukushima nuclear reactor leak have in common is that "they are man-made problems but they are controlled by natural forces. This should make us feel terribly awful as much as it should make us feel hopeful because if you have the power to create these problems we may have the power to remedy these problems..."

The description for this video on the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED)website says: "When TED Senior Fellow Cesar Harada heard about the devastating effects of the BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, he quit his dream job and moved to New Orleans to develop a more efficient way to soak up the oil. He designed a highly maneuverable, flexible boat capable of cleaning large tracts quickly. But rather than turn a profit, he has opted to open-source the design.
TED Senior Fellow Cesar Harada aims to harness the forces of nature as he invents innovative remedies for man-made problems like oil spills and radioactive leaks." Full bio »

"What is the purpose of technology if it doesn't reach the right hands? ” (Cesar Harada)

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