The Bits and Bytes of Futuristic Farming

Urban farming utopias have been envisioned for decades—feed our urban dwellers by growing food vertically close to the people who eat it, a solution that can reduce transportation costs, save energy, and save water. Using a sensor-controlled hydroponic and aeroponic agricultural system, the Open Agriculture team at MIT’s Media Lab think they have the methodology to create an urban farm system that can one day be replicated all over the world—and potentially inspire a billion new urban farmers. Will data-driven precision agriculture change how, and potentially where, farmers farm?

Festival: 2016

Watch and Listen: Green Technology

Brian Enquist, an expert in ecology and evolutionary biology, brings to life a geographic inventory of forest assets... See more
What do we see when we look at the Earth, and what do these observations mean for the years ahead?Barbara Ryan,... See more
Today’s North American energy headlines — about the shale revolution, the next generation of transport fuels, the... See more
J. Stephan Dolezalek and Jules Kortenhorst discuss Climate solutions with regard to innovations and investments. See more
The carbon pollution problem plagues us with more questions than answers, and those questions often lead to doubts,... See more
Domestic shale gas has transformed the US energy equation, but its development can have unacceptable impacts on air and... See more

Pages