Thursday, February 05, 2009

TED Prize Wishes Unveiled Today

TED Prize Webcast - 5:00-6:45 PST ... I'll try to post on it later.

Update: I tried to capture the actual text of the first 2 wishes but they went by pretty quickly. Here's my best shot:

Jill Tarter: "I wish that you would empower Earthlings everywhere to become active participants in the ultimate search to become cosmic participants." The slides and discussions made me think they're trying to take the Allen Telescope Array, pattern recognition algorithms, manual pattern recognition like the Stardust at Home program, and SETA at Home to the "next level".

Sylvia Earle: This talk included a lot of analogies between ocean exploration and space exploration (such as Earth without oceans as being like the surface of Mars, life support in space vs. life support under the sea), satellite images, etc. Google Earth with its new Ocean features was heavily featured. A quote from the talk: "How about some X PRIZEs for ocean exploration? Hmm..." The wish: "I wish you would use all means at your disposal ... to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas ..."

Update #2: You can see the actual text of the wishes, how they progress, and ideas on these pages:

Jill Tarter's Wish -

The Plan:

To assemble a group of engineers to advise on and create a system to facilitate mass collaboration over the web and incorporate innovative data processing methods, including the ability to input alternative search algorithms, The aim would be to tap into the power of open-source initiatives, to globalize the search for extra-terrestial intelligence and empower a new generation of SETI enthusiasts. We would back the launch of this new system with a major storytelling and awareness campaign whose goal is to inspire millions to participate.

The Needs:

  • An individual to oversee this initiative, reporting to SETI Institute as full-time contractor for a year
  • Engineers with expertise in digital signal processing and in open-source initiatives
  • Cloud computing resources
  • Significant need for servers and storage
  • Website development team
  • Social networking expertise
  • Marketing and creative campaign help
  • Media Space
  • Massive outreach to grow the TeamSETI network
  • PR Communications Partner
  • A film production company to develop and distribute this story
  • Spokespeople
  • Funding — for this project and for additional telescopes for the Allen Array.

  • Sylvia Earle’s Wish -

    The Plan:

    To bring knowledge of our oceans to a wide audience and galvanize support in favor of marine protected areas. We invite a variety of responses from TEDsters in pursuit of this goal.

    Possible Responses:

  • Development of technologies that would permit deep sea exploration in order to make the invisible visible
  • Supporting (or organizing) expeditions to explore proposed “hope spots”
  • Helping make the scientific case for a network of MPAs
  • Identifying and exploring candidate MPAs
  • Creating a media campaign in support of MPAs
  • Backing the upcoming Oceans documentary to ensure wide viewership
  • Offering media space/distribution
  • PR and marketing assistance
  • Offered use of a suitable boat or ship for TED@SEA, a “brainstorming expedition” on the oceans
  • Event management
  • Website that highlights the issue and nurtures a network of supporters.
  • …and/or your suggestion of what you could best offer.