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Events in Physics
Title: Engineering the Ocean    (Colloquia)
Start Date: 11/15/2004
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: 1 LeConte Hall
Speaker: Dr. Marcia McNutt
Affiliation: President & CEO, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Contact Person: K. Lee   (510) 642-3034
Details: Developments in microprocessors, artificial intelligence, and new forms of power and communications for autonomous systems are already bringing about a revolution in our ability to explore, experiment within, and ultimately understand Earthís last frontier: the ocean. It is inevitable, with this growing capability, that there will be pressure to use the same and similar technology to manipulate and "enhance" the ocean environment, just as we have our terrestrial environment. I will present a series of fictional, but not entirely fanciful, future scenarios for manís intervention in the ocean. We are the first species on Earth to have ever possessed the ability to purposefully change the conditions on our planet. The question is whether we will be wise enough to avoid inadvertently destroying it.

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