Stuart Oda: Are indoor vertical farms the future of agriculture? | TED Talk


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By 2050, the global population is projected to reach 9.8 billion. How are we going to feed everyone? Investment-banker-turned-farmer Stuart Oda points to indoor vertical farming: growing food on tiered racks in a controlled, climate-proof environment. In a forward-looking talk, he explains how this method can maintain better safety standards, save money, use less water and help us provide for future generations.

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Sara Menker quit a career in commodities trading to figure out how the global value chain of agriculture works. Her discoveries have led to some startling predictions: “We could have a tipping point in global food and agriculture if surging demand surpasses the agricultural system’s structural capacity to produce food,” she says. “People could starve and governments may fall.” Menker’s models predict that this scenario could happen in a decade — that the world could be short 214 trillion calories per year by 2027. She offers a vision of this impossible world as well as some steps we can take today to avoid it.

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How to step out of the shop-spend-consume cycle

Jan 21, 2020 

It doesn’t require a total overhaul of your life, but following a few simple steps can help you start consuming less, says Lucía González Schuett.

This post is part of TED’s “How to Be a Better Human” series, each of which contains a piece of helpful advice from people in the TED community; browse through all the posts here.

A few years ago, Lucía González Schuett embarked on a “personal rollercoaster journey,” as she puts it in a TEDxHHL Talk. And it all started when she looked at something that most of us have: a junk drawer.

She was disturbed by what she found — most of the things there were broken, incomplete or imperfect, but she had felt compelled to hold onto them. She questioned every item, asking questions like: “Do I really need this? Does it add value? Is it worth the space that it takes up or the care it requires?”

And she made a radical decision: She vowed to go for a year without buying anything except for food.

Around the same time, she was going through a professional transition. She’d made a career in fast fashion, where her salary was partly based on commission — the more she could get people to spend, the more she earned. One of her responsibilities was to rotate the store’s contents so the merchandise would appear new to shoppers and they’d discover something they overlooked on a previous trip.

In 2018, González Schuett left the industry to go to business school and she chose to make it her no-buying year (which she discusses in a TEDxHECParis talk). Her experiences caused her to rethink consumption — on a personal and a societal level — and become aware of the invasive, ongoing pressures to acquire new stuff.

“The app I use to measure my performance when I go jogging is trying to tell me when it’s time for me to throw away the sneakers I’m wearing and buy a new pair,” says González Schuett, who is currently based in London. “The pillow I sleep on I recently found out has an expiration date.” She adds, “We collectively need to pause for a moment and wonder: Are we losing — or at least outsourcing — our very basic common sense to decide our needs by ourselves when it comes to consumption?”

It’s not realistic or feasible for most people to swear off shopping as she once did, and González Schuett gets that. She says, “It is possible for us to rethink our day-to-day behavior towards consumption, exercise the ability to appreciate things again, and eliminate that link between easy access and taking things for granted.”

She urges people to engage in what she calls a “scary yet extremely insightful exercise”: “getting over the want and becoming honest about the need.” In other words, she invites us to take an honest look at the things we want and we need and question whether we actually do.

There are many good reasons to regain control of your consumption. González Schuett suggests, Maybe it’s for the environment, for the sustainability of future generations, for your personal finances, or for the sake of your peace of mind.”

To help you take back control, González Schuett shares these tips:

Let yourself run out of something before you re-buy or re-order. “Spend some time without it; in other words, try to miss it,” says González Schuett. “Because there’s so much to be learned from missing things. Plus, you’ll exponentially increase your short-term happiness once you get it again.”

Keep an item in your online shopping cart for a few days — or weeks — before buying it. You’ll reduce your chance of regretting an impulsive purchase when you find something better later, or realize you don’t actually need it at all.

Instead of immediately replacing something that’s broken, try fixing it first. It’s not always cheaper to buy something new, and you can support a local business or repair cafe by visiting them. You can also teach yourself some new skills. In her no-buying year, González Schuett learned to sew on replacement buttons, and she even watched a YouTube video to figure out how to repair her washing machine.

When you do buy, consider second-hand. By purchasing something that’s pre-owned, you’ll keep from adding to the sum total of things in circulation — since the thing you’ll buy is already out in the world — and you’ll also save money. When it comes to furniture, she points out that for people who live in cities, “we’re all moving around so frequently that second-hand items are more often than not hardly ever been used.”

Choose quality over quantity, especially when it comes to fashion. Try to pick things that are made to last, and when you are done, consider selling, donating or swapping them, instead of throwing them away.

Share what you have, and find others who will. Rather than buying a tool or gadget for a one-off project, “knock on your neighbor’s door when you need a screwdriver,” recommends González Schuett. And while you’re there, let them know what you have to lend, whether it’s a bike pump, snow blower or sewing machine. These relationships can benefit both of you. She says, “What a burden for both of you to each own both things and how enriching to go back to knowing your neighbors.”

Shift your mindset about stuff. As González Schuett puts it, “Consider yourself a custodian of things, rather than an owner.” When you think about it, you’ll realize that there are ways to enjoy things without owing them — take the library, for example.

She adds, “Ultimately, we know it isn’t the junk in our drawers that is going to make us happy but having the resources, the space and the time to dedicate to the things that truly matter.”

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What’s the minimum information required to live well?

Ian Geckeler
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We’re all drowning in a sea of information. The average processing speed of a human brain is 60 bits per second, but collectively we generate 1.7 megabytes of data in the same amount of time. That’s about 30,000 times more data than a single person can ever be aware of, much less make sense of, and the asymmetry is only growing as the age of information takes full swing. Add to this increasing flow of data all of the information that has already been existing, and a shocking fact becomes clear: trying to orient yourself in the modern age is like trying to bail a sinking ship with a teaspoon, and we’re already underwater. If we want to survive and thrive as individuals and as a species, we’re going to need tools and techniques that help us swim to the surface and stay afloat within the flood.

Understanding our current informational environment, including having a plan for making sense of and navigating it, is going to be the most important skill in the 21st century. Just as with any other environmental pressure, the information flood is kickstarting a process of natural selection: those who have the skills to navigate the new ecosystem will come out on top, and those who are unable to cope will settle into the bottom of our socio-economic hierarchy. Not everyone will be able to orient themselves and stay afloat; many will get swept up in a sea of distractions, until they are adrift without useful skills or a clear grasp on their current reality, prey for the behavioral scientists at the large tech companies, addictive products, or the latest political fads. Those who are able to develop the skills to cope with the informational asymmetry will enjoy the spoils the latest technological and biological revolution, poised to thrive in the cyber-economy and able to direct the world and bring about their visions for the world, whether positive or negative.

To be happy, healthy, successful, or hell, to even be a good person, will come down to how you deal with the information overload. So how can we equip ourselves to adapt to our new environment?

We gotta sort

Okay, so we’ve established that we need tools to help us sort information so it can serve as a tool for us rather than a tide that carries us out to sea. The question is how can you tell what is valuable or useless among the waves of information?

The first thing to take solace in is that we can sort. Not ALL of those incoming 1.7MB are going to be equally important to us; in fact, most of it will be completely useless and irrelevant to our goals. If we can somehow figure out what information is worth paying attention to, we can cherry-pick those bits that are truly impactful and avoid getting fire-hosed by irrelevancy. If you think of this filter as a question, it would be: is this relevant to me and my goals?

Secondly, even with a goal in mind, and a cherry-picked & sorted pile to search through, there is still too much stuff to wade through. The key will then be to hone your understanding of the world by identifying core principles for life and for how the world works. As quickly as possible, you should build your own internal framework of principles for understanding and making decisions in the world so you rely less and less on the random sea of information for determining what’s important and how you should make your choices. It’s like building yourself a SCUBA device for the flood. You will look for and compare patterns in the information you receive so you can build transferrable knowledge base and mental-models which will serve you in most situations. This filter as a question is: what’s the pattern here? does it fit with my internal model for how I should think and behave to achieve my goals?

To sum up, the two action items are to:

  1. Have a Goal
  2. Focus on Value-Dense, Widely Applicable Principles

Have a goal

Let’s say a tree fell down in the Redwood forrest. This is a data point. So the first question is: do I care? Well, it depends. Pretend you were a shark in the ocean: there’s a reason sharks have an acute sense for blood in the water and not a highly-developed sense for sniffing out fallen trees, that data has a nothing to do with finding food to survive, so it’s useless. But, if I’m an ecologist studying levels of deforestation with the purpose of cataloguing tree-deaths in the California national parks, this fallen tree becomes very important. Value is in the eye of the beholder. Every bit of information is value-less until you introduce an application for that knowledge. That application, is a goal or set of goals.

We need goals to differentiate what’s a distraction, and what’s highly significant. To paraphrase Nir Eyal, a professor at Stanford Graduate School of business and specialist in habit formation and manipulating user behavior, the definition of a distraction goes like this:

“Traction is the process of moving towards your goals. Distraction is anything that is not leading you directly to your goals, or pulls your attention and actions away from your goals.”

This makes intuitive sense. When your goal is to have fun, TV is not a distraction. But when you’re trying to write a term paper, TV is a distraction. The usefulness of the exact same information input changes as your goals change.

So the first half of the information-era success equation is to have clear and compelling goals.

Find the golden-nuggets of information

Okay so let’s say that your goal is to launch a rocket to the moon… that’s good and all, but where do you start? We have to find the pieces of information that matter the MOST. The ones that are value-dense. Value-dense information is often widely-applicable (universal), it’s a lot of utility packed into a simple principle, like a Swiss-Army knife. So how do we identify these Swiss-Army knives?

The answer is to start paying attention to reality and look for clues and patterns. We are lucky to be living in a reality with reliable and consistent behavior. Throwing things off a buildings causes those thing to fall to the ground at an accelerating rate, things don’t fall up as long as you are close enough to a body of large mass. You can run experiments to see what sorts of things you can build your rocket out of.

But running simple trial and error experiments to test every single case would take too long. You don’t have time to build a rocket out of Swiss cheese and try to launch it. The only option is to develop meta-understanding that will help you to know that the cheese rocket won’t work without going through the trouble of building it and watching it melt into a pile of oxidized lactose. We can sidestep the melted cheese by paying attention to patterns and identifying theories, and honing our principles.

Luckily, humans are pretty good at pattern matching…

We know this pattern quite well: 1 + 1 = 2. The law of addition. Mathematics is the perfect example of an abstraction layer that allows us to have a universal meta-understanding about how our reality works. It’s universal in the sense that we don’t need to check every possible pair of things that could be added to see if this pattern holds true, we can extrapolate the data we have so we can go into new situations armed with extra-information. The law of addition is highly useful and applicable in almost every field. It’s a simple piece of information that underlies our financial system, modern chemistry, and modern medicine. So by looking to universal patterns across situations and experiments, we can derive extremely simple and value dense principles from the insurmountable quintillions of bytes of data available to us. Our job is to find the “laws of addition” that relate to our goals.

Let’s return to the rocket, is there a formula or set of formulas that we can identify in the patterns of the world that will help us? Turns out there are: if you can know a few simple formulas and rules: the law of conservation of energy, Newton’s laws, and a few others… you can easily figure this out with a single formula:

This ultimate simplicity is all around us. Ph.D Astrophysicist Ethan Siegel writes about how it takes 26 fundamental constants, that combined with formulas, recreate all of our modern understanding of the physical universe.

So not only does our universe follow a consistent behavior pattern and cause and effect, but it also abides by another law: you can accurately describe the majority of behavior of reality in any field with an extremely small amount of information, through key, universal principles.

Some one line formula can suddenly be used to describe millions of phenomena that transpire around us each and every day. And what if you collected all of these formulas in one place? You’d have a cheat sheet. So what if we compiled cheat sheets for our goals? Success in the most important areas of our lives?

If you were to read the top ten of the most often recommended self-help books you would find that particular patterns emerge and themes across all of these books…

  1. Have clear goals
  2. Review your goals every day
  3. Hang out with people who are successful and positive
  4. Think long-term
  5. Build positive habits
  6. Live with gratitude
  7. Model someone who has succeeded where you want to succeed

Boom. Just a few sentences for all the self-help in the world. By focusing on the underlying patterns, you’ve boiled down the universe’s insurmountable quantity of information to a few, easy to remember sentences.

Have principles for life

Curating and compiling a set of life and success principles is one of the most underrated practices you can undertake.

It’s not hard to conjure examples of traditionally successful people who tout this approach: Elon Musk’s “first principles thinking”, Ray Dalio’s book Principles, Warren Buffet’s strict adherence to a set of key investment principles, all the way back to the 10 commandments. The most successful and influential humans have followed principles. But would you be able to procure a list of the top ten principles you follow in your life if someone asked?

The fact that the average individual can regurgitate knowledge on things as obscure as the names of every single member of Jersey Shore TV show, but not produce a list of the most important principles that rule the areas of life they care about is the perfect symptom of how disconnected all of us are in our newly information-rich environment.

The key to having a list is to start building one and not worry about being perfect or original, you just have to have one. You can start with someone else’s as a template and go from there. You can get them from analyzing the lives of your role models, reading books or articles or podcasts, even advice from your parents. The point is just to start a list and work on refining it.

I’ll give you the ROUGH state of two of my working lists as an example. One list for general success, another list for being a good person.

Principles for Success

  1. Have a definite aim
  2. know what you want to do… for the day, for the week, for the month, for the year, for your life. have a clear picture of where you want to go and why. Write it DOWN.
  3. Play to your strengths, don’t compete
  4. take the things you are good at and work to get better at them, be best in class
  5. what can you talk about for hours on end that no one else on the planet could?
  6. Go to where the puck is going
  7. do you know where the world might be in 10, 15, 20, 30 years?
  8. are you poised to benefit or lose from these trends?
  9. Focus.
  10. have no more than 3 MAJOR goals at a time
  11. chasing two rabbits might lead to catching none
  12. you can have anything you wish for, but not everything, you have to choose
  13. You are who you spend time with
  14. we all experience social osmosis
  15. would you “trade places” with the people you spend time with?
  16. What you do today is what you do everyday
  17. every action you take is a vote for the person you will become
  18. every action is strengthening neural connections and habits for you to act that way again
  19. build positive habits that serve you
  20. Good enough is good enough, EXECUTE and COMMIT
  21. don’t get stuck in paralysis by analysis
  22. make the best decision you can, but don’t worry about making a perfect one, it’s more important to commit to a good enough plan
  23. Stand on shoulders of giants, don’t re-invent the wheel
  24. find places where you don’t have to reinvent the wheel
  25. regularly read from experts in what I want to get good at
  26. no one got to somewhere on their own, they almost always have mentors
  27. meetings with the right people can save you years of time
  28. Control your attention and inputs
  29. meditate, review your goals regularly, morning and night
  30. the biggest threat to your goals is a lack of control over your attention
  31. everything in the modern economy is trying to pull you off track
  32. Increase optionality
  33. do what will give you more options in the future
  34. Work smart
  35. know the few things that make the biggest difference
  36. find the few things that will make everything else on your to-do list irrelevant or easier to do

Principles for Being a “Good person”

  1. Follow the golden rule
  2. How would you live if you believed you were literally everybody else, but you just didn’t know it, or couldn’t experience it
  3. Treat others as you would have them treat you
  4. Get good at something, or multiple things
  5. The world has problems that are hard to solve, get skills that can move the needle on those problems
  6. Become successful
  7. The man who doesn’t care about power is the person who doesn’t care about their fellow men
  8. With power and success you can actually make a difference
  9. Discipline
  10. The human default is to be lazy, live with discipline
  11. You either live with pain of discipline or pain of regret
  12. Work for the long term
  13. Humans naturally have a short-term mindset, counteract by being one of the few who think long term
  14. Live to create value for others
  15. Self explanatory why this is a good thing
  16. Work to decrease existential risk
  17. Most of the “good things” have yet to come, no one will experience them if we are all dead, so work to prevent the destruction of the whole species
  18. Live with gratitude
  19. Gratitude helps you be happy while you do the work that needs to be done for others
  20. Expand your paradigm
  21. seek information that goes against your intuitions, seek a more inclusive and broader perspective of the world to avoid getting trapped in narrow or dogmatic thinking or perspectives
  22. Know yourself
  23. Understand your own strengths and weaknesses
  24. Accept your weaknesses, build on your strengths
  25. Always be growing and improving
  26. You are a part of the living breathing ecosystem, if you improve yourself, you are improving the world

Each of these principles deserve an essay of their own that describes how the conclusions were drawn, their evidence, their application, and how they can improve your life, but for now I can be content with their introduction. But you could theoretically come up with principles for any question. Here are a few categories that might be particularly valuable to start collecting principles for…

  1. how to do the most good for the world
  2. how to become wealthy
  3. how to have a thriving romantic relationship
  4. how to be healthy
  5. how to be happy

Theoretically, if you had 10 principles summed up for each of these five categories, you’d be able to have the secret to a life well-lived in 50 sentences. The disclaimer is that none of these lists or principles are perfect or comprehensive, and they don’t have to be. Because even the best list is completely worthless without one crucial thing.

# Perfect information isn’t the answer

As exciting as it is to collect lists of principles for navigating the world, these lists are just a small piece of the puzzle. The man who knows everything and does not apply it is a fool.

Most of the principles above are just common sense. You wouldn’t have to go to the library or interview the most interesting people in the world to discern them.

Derek Sivers, the founder of CDBaby and all around awesome person has an amazing quote that goes something like this: “If more knowledge was the answer to success, we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs…”

The secrets to the universe are not secrets at all. Humans are just too lazy to apply and live by the knowledge they acquire. The battle is not against the universe, it’s with our daily impulses to be lazy and stay in our comfort zones that keep our societies in the dark ages and prevent us from living the lives we desire.

I’m not trying to discourage making lists of principles. If you haven’t collected a list of principles for the most important areas of your life (money, career, relationships) please try it, it could be one of the highest ROI activities you conduct. I’m just clarifying that having principles for living a successful life is not a sufficient condition for living successfully.

Once you have a working list you have to apply it to actually get anywhere. There’s no point in designing the perfect rocket trajectory on a whiteboard, if you don’t actually build it, and fly it to the moon.

“A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed at some indefinite time in the future.” ― George Patton Jr.

This leads us into a separate conversation of tactics. What are the day to day practices you utilize to put your principles into action to achieve your goals in the real world and not just on paper.? How do you fight battle with yourself each and every day.

So let me end with a couple of simple exercises you can follow to get some value out of your list.

Daily reflection

Stoic philosopher Seneca recommended taking a bit of wisdom, a quote, phrase, or passage and reflecting on it each and every day. This exercise copies that approach

  1. Compile a numbered list of principles for your life (hopefully as a living breathing document)
  2. Create a journal somewhere, either physical or digital
  3. Set a recurring reminder in your calendar to review
  4. During your review, generate a random number write the principle at the top of your journal and answer some of following questions
  5. How am I not living by this principle?
  6. What are some changes I can make or ideas to live more in line with the principle?
  7. What would my life look like if I followed this principle?

Weekly reflection

If you’d prefer to review on a weekly basis, here’s a slightly modified version.

Schedule a consistent event in your calendar at some point in the week.

  1. Follow steps 1) and 2) from above
  2. When it’s time go over this list, copy and paste the top 5–10 principles from the list over to your journal, leaving space underneath each one
  3. Answer some or all of the questions from step 4) above

This is just one example of how you might bridge the gap between wisdom and its successful application so you can make better progress in today’s informational Wild West.

Hopefully this sort of practice would work to help you closer to living a life you might be proud of, rather than the one that others would have you live for their own purposes. I sometimes like to think what the world would look like if everyone followed a process like this. That thought keeps me going. Happy thriving!

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Wisdom Quotes


No matter what happens, keep trying. If you fail, fail better.

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. (Samuel Beckett)

If shadows are all you see in front of you turn around to face the light.
Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. (Helen Keller)

Random Acts of Kindness


1. Laugh often
2. Pull weeds.
3. Put together a full Christmas dinner (turkey, potatoes, gravy, rolls, etc) and drop it off at someone’s house who could use it. Ring the doorbell and run away so it’s anonymous (and so much more exciting!).
4. Take a treat or note to a neighbor or friend who could use a pick-me-up.
5. Write an inspirational note to someone how needs inspiration

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I wonder what it will feel like to swim in the Universe
I hear the sound of the Stars and Meteors cheering my name
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I cry about losing in my past life
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You find so many people are mean
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I like the way you nuzzle.
You do it like a mizzle.
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I like the way you spin.
Twin.

You find so many people are like a scooper
But you, you are mostly super

I love the way you wear your hair,
Spreading your style everywhere.
You’re like a style fountain.
Enough zazz for a whole mountain.

You find so many people are deplorable
But you, you are mostly adorable

You’re the perfect man.
No one brings me joy like you can.

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The Great Quarantine Wall Of China 

The Wuhan-born coronavirus is spreading exponentially, and officials are still uncertain about how to contain it. So far the virus has killed at least 56 people in China, and more than 2,000 have been sickened worldwide. The virus has been found in Thailand, France, Japan, South Korea and Australia; new cases have cropped up in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the US. A big problem is the incubation period which can last up to two weeks. People carrying the virus, but not showing symptoms, can still infect others.

Many believe local authorities have mishandled the crisis. Wuhan’s mayor estimated some five million people had left before travel out of the city was restricted. By Sunday the 50 million people of Hubei Province, including those in its capital, Wuhan, were on lockdown. Officials considered extending the Lunar New Year to delay the reopening of schools and offices, and people were encouraged to stay home. Also on Sunday the national government temporarily banned the wildlife trade, as China’s animal markets have been linked to epidemiological risks. Chinese tour groups were ordered to cease operations beginning Monday.

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  2. “If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.” – Sun Tzu

  3. “One may know how to conquer without being able to do it.” – Sun Tzu

  4. “The art of giving orders is not to try to rectify the minor blunders and not to be swayed by petty doubts.” – Sun Tzu

  5. “The line between disorder and order lies in logistics.” – Sun Tzu