Sustainable technology and complex ecological and social systems -- Pulling it all together [Farrokh Mistree, ISSS 1998 Plenary Session, July 24/98]

[Plenary session, July 24/98, 9:00 a.m.]

Farrokh Mistree

Mike Jackson, as the first speaker, talk about the new discussion on inclusiveness.

We'll meet again in a year. What will be the research for the coming year?


Is there a problem? Consider being part of the solution. Facts and forecast Humanities is search for differences, help pose the problem. What is the mindset? Humans are parasites, parasite will change and adapt. Universities should not be competing with each other. Revolutions: Supply-side sustainability: Need to reconnect to capitalism: Environmental impact is directly proportional to technology: old thinking. Toolbox should include social entropy theory.

Prototypical company of the 21st century.

  1. Eliminates waste.
  2. Benign emissions.
  3. Sensitivity hookup: service to community, including ponds, ...
  4. Redesigning commerce
A manufacturing enterprise in 2020 Until we meet again ...


Comment by G.A. Swanson: This is the first time that the ISSS conference may be summarized. Zhu: A lot of research is being done in U.S. and discuss U.S. interests. At Kyoto conference, it's the U.S. government who refused to make concessions. European countries proposed a target for waste and pollution. We all know what we have to do, but aren't putting it into action. Summary demonstrates that not only is analysis useful, but need more synthesis. Each of us has a synthesis, and this provides even more synthesis. How can we connect this to next year? Bridge from findings this year, to conference next year.

Two issues in last hour: (1) Empirical evidence: growth without spiritual constraint? Need more empirical evidence that these ideas work. (2) Interconnectivity of dynamics. What is the evidence that consciousness can change the system? Can it adapt fast enough to bring us to stability?

Mistree on Mao: Can be part of problem -- analyzing the problem -- or, by approaching as a ethical, moral, spiritual human being, will share with our colleagues.

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