An article on Synecoculture appeared in Sony’s Technology 2020, a special issue on the technology of Sony’s in-house magazine “Sony Family.”
A short movie on Synecoculture and MMS is online, which was prepared for the FAO Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20) that is postponed for the moment.
『人は明日どう生きるのか――未来像の更新』南條史生 アカデミーヒルズ 編 森美術館 企画協力 NTT出版 発行
Synecoculture project team in SonyCSL has published online interactive graph interfaces of the useful plant databases, jointly constructed with CARFS and Université de Ouagadougou 1.
Click images to access interactive graph interfaces:
Details of the database
The database comprises 837 useful plant species collected from existing literature on the vegetation of the Sahel (shown with blue nodes) in collaboration with CARFS and Université de Ouagadougou 1.
Using the GloBI database, 15396 plant and animal species in total were detected (shown with green nodes) for having known biological interactions on 629 of these 837 species.
Kousaku Ohta and masa Funabashi wrote a chapter in “New Breeze”, the Quaterly of the ITU Association of Japan (No. 2 Vol. 31 April 2019 Spring) : Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) —Synecoculture—
Dr Masatoshi Funabashi, researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratories (Tokyo, Japan) will give an exceptional talk at ISC-PIF on Friday 14th of December to present his recent work published in Nature: “Human augmentation of ecosystems: objectives for food production and science by 2045”.
During this conference, the author will discuss the fundamental requirements for sustainable food production on the molecular, physiological and ecological scales.
Masa Funabashi presented a poster in the Business and Biodiversity Forum (14-15 Nov 2018) at the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD-COP14) , Sharm El Sheick, Egypt.
Masa Funabashi gave an invited talk and joined the final panel discussion at the 2018 International Symposium on Food Safety Policy and Technology held on October 11-12, in Taipei, Taiwan.
Title: The challenge and achievement of Synecoculture: Food safety and technology that promote the diversity of social-ecological systems and human-ecosystem health
Food safety entails diverse factors from social and ecological systems involved in food production. The meaning of “safety” is different according to different actors, and the time scale of sustainability, i.e. for consumers, producers, policymakers, next generation, and natural environment. Technological tailoring of these solutions could be highly diverse and require a novel strategy that requires the development of the next generation ICT.
In this talk, I will present the concept, challenge, and achievement of Synecoculture project that has been developed to overcome global agenda such as food security for the growing population and associated massive biodiversity loss, which is difficult to overcome with conventional monoculture-intensive methods of agriculture.
Based on the field experiments in Japan and sub-Saharan Africa, biological analyses of products and double-blind, randomized controlled trials on humans, we derive essential factors that should be included in the new food safety strategy for increased human and ecosystem health, especially for Asian countries that are facing drastic changes in climate and demography.
Design of technological supports that should enhance the development of such food production/distribution/safety framework in decentralized society is formalized as “Megadiversity Management Systems (MMS)” and developed under the collaboration of UniTwin UNESCO Complex Systems Digital Campus program. This system is designed to fill the gap between field sensing/monitoring and food quality and aims to provide bold technological support for policymaking that comprehensively promotes human and ecosystem health from
Links between scientific facts, essential supportive technologies and political challenges will be addressed from the viewpoint that advocates the conversion to sustainable society during the next few decades, critically before the middle of this century. Particular focus will be put on how to make intelligent use of this planet’s genetic resources, and avoid 6th massive extinction of wildlife triggered by the inappropriate practice of conventional agriculture.
Masa Funabashi gave keynote presentations in the following conferences:
EIICA 2018 Conference “Information, Collective Action, and Big Data: Continuity or Revolution?”, organized by the Departments of Philosophy and Information Science of Sao Paulo State University in June 18-22, 2018.