2019 BIG DATA Convention - TRUST: Humans, Machines & Ecosystems
Building resilient global food security requires us to navigate a complex net of interactions between the biosphere, economy, technology, and society. Machines and machine-to-machine systems shape and accelerate our social and economic lives, even as climates and ecosystems are threatened. Our ethical frameworks, human communities, and institutions struggle to stay abreast the rate of change. Therefore, we can no longer consider distinct facets of food security in isolation; we need holistic solutions.
There are growing insights about how humanity can live within the natural, biological, and climatic boundaries of the planet. These new models offer great potential for managing ethics, multi-stakeholder coordination, and action as data and digital technologies demonstrate the agility, precision and insights needed to effectively manage this complexity.
To claim these potential solutions for the future of food security we need trust. Trust in institutions, in firms, in dynamic and expanding human communities, and in the technologies themselves that can help us build the future.
The CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture’s inaugural 2017 convention, was about forming the right partnerships and alliances and in 2018 they focused on the data mobilization and interoperability needed to build an effective data ecosystem. During this year’s theme – TRUST: Humans, Machines & Ecosystems – they hope you will join them for three action-packed days to discuss how to bring these efforts together in pursuit of holistic solutions to feed the future – byte by byte.
This year’s Convention will be hosted by The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and held at their campus in Hyderabad, India during 16-18 October.