What IF food was digital? is the question that will be at the center of a discussion with Miles O’Brien, science correspondent for “PBS NewsHour,” and Caleb Harper, principal investigator and director of the Open Agriculture Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, during a Feb. 26 event. O’Brien and Harper will also explore many other issues in relation to how food and technology may intersect in the future, such as how computerized boxes might someday replace farms and how personal food computers might alter the way we eat.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall. The event will also be livestreamed.
Live captioning will be available for the deaf or hearing impaired at the public lectures. The feed will go live 10-15 minutes prior to the start of the event and attendees will need to bring their own device to access the captioning.
In his role at MIT, Harper leads a group of engineers, scientists and educators in research that aims to shape the development of future food systems. He and his colleagues are developing an open-source agricultural hardware, software, and data common that Harper hopes will foster a more collaborative food system. Harper’s main areas of research focus on controlled environment design, actuated sensing, control automation and data-drive resource, energy and biologic optimization.
This is one of the four Ideas Festival events that O’Brien will lead. O’Brien is an independent broadcast news journalist and has been serving as national science correspondent for “PBS NewsHour” since 2010. He worked as the science, environment and aerospace correspondent for CNN for 17 years.
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