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Title The New Inventors Special : Destination 2020.

Published Australia : ABC [broadcaster], 2010 September 23 at 05:30:00.


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Physical description 1 streaming video file (28 min. 32 sec.) ; 170620066 bytes
Notes Closed captioning in English.
Summary ABC TV's The New Inventors tonight dives into the future with a special program: Destination 2020. Following the success of its Saving Water Special earlier this year, The New Inventors again suspends its search for the best invention of the year to gain an illuminating insight into what might be awaiting us in 2020. James O'Loghlin will be joined by futurist Mark Pesce, agricultural scientist Chris Russell, and designer and inventor Sally Dominguez, alongside a line-up of cutting edge future thinkers and innovators with ideas and prototypes ahead of their time! Adjunct Professor Alan Pears (RMIT, Melbourne) takes a glance at what may be the average three-bedroom house in 2020 and beyond. Prof. Pears will examine the relationship with our homes - such as a more intimate interaction with household appliances and smart energy management controls - as well as construction materials like super insulated Aerogels. Professor Janis Birkeland (QUT, Brisbane) will examine Australia's poor urban design and architecture and reveal her radical plans to boost the human and environmental health of our cities. "By 2020 eco-technologies such as living machines, vertical wetlands, window terrariums and living walls will be readily available to transform the cities and our working experience" she says. Dr Peter Corke, CSIRO Research Director, is working on 'Smart Farms' with his research focusing on Wireless Sensor Networks and their potential to transform Australia's agricultural industries. Professor of Biological Sciences, Andy Beattie, is an expert whose close study of nature - from spiders to plants to butterflies - offers inspiration to engineers developing radical new materials, machines and solutions for the modern world. Powering the future will play a key role in 2020. Photosynthesis oxygenates the world and Australian National University's Professor Elmars Krausz and Dr Warwick Hillier believe that artificial photosynthesis could use plants' extraordinary potential to create a truly renewable fuel that sucks carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and turns it into food! PRODUCTION DETAILS: Executive Producer: Sophia Zachariou; Series Producer: Anita Jorgensen.
Audience Classification G ACMA.
Other author O'loghlin, James, host.
Corke, Peter, contributor.
Dominguez, Sally, contributor.
Henry, Dave, contributor.
Henry, David, contributor.
Hillier, Warwick, contributor.
Krausz, Elmars, contributor.
Pears, Alan, contributor.
Pesce, Mark, contributor.
Russell, Chris, contributor.
Subject City planning -- Environmental aspects.
Ecological engineering -- Technological innovations.
Ecological houses.
Farm equipment -- Technological innovations.