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RIO+20 The Future We Want

RIO+20 the future we want

Marco Antonio Castro Cosio: The Future We Want

Marco Castro

Mapping a vision

At least for those who still have seasons and can still naturally enjoy them, climate change has developed new and constantly changing weather patterns for many cities around the world, not always for the better.

There is still one last oil reserve. Oil prices climbed and its rise has forced research into cheaper and more efficient types of energy, such as solar, wind and biofuels.

Some cities have been abandoned due to factors like weather changes, toxic pollution, economic breakdowns or infrastructure meltdown. There are new cities popping up as well and they are being developed with new challenges and frame of mind.

Big problems have forced citizens to come up with more creative solutions that can be prototyped and carefully deployed on the field. Biomimetic design and nanotechnology research have allowed technology to advance in great leaps. For instance, energy and environmental monitors spread around the city in bus stops and charging stations provide information that can allocate the limited resources to where they are needed.

Humans are finally banned from the driving wheel and accidents have lowered significantly. Many moving vehicles like cars and buses are made with soft materials, some are even inflatable. Lightweight nomadic agriculture is practiced on many vehicles and it allows for commuters to relax or harvest produce on their commute.

Human powered chargers and batteries embedded in clothes have made devices more efficient and allow for a network of human sensors. Data mining companies provide the platform for personalized data and energy exchange. There has been a huge rise in multi sensory, cross-disciplinary learning that has allowed for more efficient human species. There is still a strong debate on how connected humans are these days, and who is having access and control over the information.

Education is very important and a real global priority. Design is a unifying language that enables cross-communication and helps tackle real world problems. Hacker communities and wiki ways of life have expanded beyond computer programming.

Think-and-Do Tanks have proliferated, sharing, nomadic and collaborative lifestyles have created hybrid and multidisciplinary communities.

Eating has been transformed. Nomadic kitchens are local food production facilities where people get customized food either reflecting or remediating their media diet. These kitchens grow their own food and use their waste as fuel, using urban farming techniques that go from acuaponics all the way to chicken coops and beehives. People can now know every information on the food they are eating.

Overall, these have been the difficult first decades of the 21st Century. The issues that Earth has faced have forced humans to adapt and have a more respectful relationship with their environment. We can only be optimistic and work now for a better future.

Marco Castro Cosio is a New York-based artist and designer.