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The Future of our Oceans

Ours is a water planet. Technology is shaping our uses, both as foe and ally. It has made humans the dominant predator and provides us food, gives us half the oxygen we breathe and created many maritime jobs. But technology has also raised CO2 levels, caused acidic oceans, threatened ocean biodiversity and created grand climate challenges.

Marine biologists like Doug McCauley at UC Santa Barbara are also using technology to promote ocean health and provide a balance. In this talk, McCauley describes examples of technology used to help the oceans and marine biodiversity. He shows systems that track whale activity and communicate it to ships so they know where to slow down to avoid collisions. He describes technology to monitor marine protected areas, image recognition techniques to study the endangered giant sea bass and electronic tags to follow sharks.

McCauley began his career as a fisherman in the Port of Los Angeles. Eventually he migrated to marine science and UC Santa Barbara. McCauley has degrees in political science and biology from the UC Berkeley. His PhD research was done at Stanford University where he studied the ecology of sharks, giant parrotfish, and coral reef ecosystems. McCauley’s science is motivated by the belief that we must better understand how complex ocean ecosystems work if we want to better protect them from threats like overfishing, climate change, and pollution.

Watch — Technology: Friend or Foe for the Future of our Oceans

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Tool Use, Technology and the Evolution of the Human Mind

We “behaviorally modern humans” likely emerged more than 100,000 years ago in Africa, spread across that continent and eventually all over the planet, effectively replacing all closely related potentially competitive species. Among many possible explanations, was the co-evolution of the human mind with tool use and technology – ranging all the way from simple stone tools millions of years ago, to computers today.

Speakers in this series addresses this important process at all levels, from molecules to brain imaging, beginning with the potential link between early stone tool use and the parallel expansion of the human brain, to the control of fire and the invention of projectile weapons, all the way through reading and writing to current day technologies such as computers and 3D reality–perhaps with a look to the potential future of the human mind.

Browse more programs in CARTA: Impact of Tool Use and Technology on the Evolution of the Human Mind

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How the Defense and Aerospace Industries Shape San Diego’s Innovation Economy

8232Over the last 30 years, San Diego’s economy has emerged from a primarily military and defense contracting town into one of the leading innovation regions in America.

The term “innovation economy” is often used as an umbrella to capture businesses focused on everything from biotech and environmental applications to defense and wireless communications. They’re also interchangeably referred to as tech companies.

Key to San Diego’s innovation economy and identity are the aerospace and communications sectors, creating markets from drones to next-generation wireless communications. Explore the visionary technology igniting these industries and the implications this growth has to further propel San Diego as a leading global city. This program features nationally celebrated journalist James Fallows of The Atlantic magazine and executives from global technology leaders ViaSat, Solar Turbines and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS).

Watch Innovation Crossroads: From Drones to Cell Phones: How the Defense and Aerospace Industries Shape San Diego’s Innovation Economy.

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UC Santa Barbara Shines As Its Speaker Series Tops 22.8 Million Hits/Views

Who would have thought that UC Santa Barbara’s Distinguished Speaker Series would generate nearly 23 million hits/views? Certainly not I when I took over the program five years ago.

The speaker series, which is part of the University’s Technology Management Program, has attracted an impressive cadre of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and philanthropists, including: Peter Levine (Partner, Andreessen Horowitz), Dan Engel (sold one of his companies to Google), Dan Burnham (CEO Raytheon), Tracy DiNunzio (CEO, Tradesy), George Powell (Founder, Skate One Corp, discovered Tony Hawk), Jim Zarley, (CEO, ValueClick) and Kirsty Spraggon (Host of KirstyTV).

Our high viewer engagement encouraged us to morph to an interview format in which my students and I ask our guests questions. This conversational approach has proven more entertaining than the conventional “speaker behind a lectern” methodology, which has further increased our viewership. The series is reaching nearly 6 million global viewers annually, many of whom are downloading the free episodes via iTunes.

I have enjoyed all of our speakers and have been honored to share the stage with them. From dozens of fantastic talks and interviews, I have selected five that were especially impactful and continue to be widely watched, month after month.

Bob Wood – Public Servant CEO & Mentor Extraordinaire

“Your friends see you as you are. A mentor see you in your potential, sees who you could be.”

Bob Wood has been a mentor to dozens of professionals during his long career in public service. Despite retiring several years ago, he continues to provide guidance to young (and not so young) professionals.

As noted in You’re Never Too Old (Or Too Successful) For A Mentor, Bob has become not only my mentor, but also my friend. Thus, I was honored when Bob agreed to share his insights regarding mentorship with my entrepreneurial students. Watch Bob share his insightful mentorship lessons.

Barrie Bergman – Founder & CEO Of Record Bar (Second Largest Record Chain in U.S.) and Founding Chairman of Bare Escentuals

“My experience is that successful people are successful at home and… in business.”

Barrie Bergman is a humble, self-made man who realized early in life that being nice provides a significant business advantage. Barrie, along with his lifelong wife and business partner Arlene, epitomizes the American Dream.

From a single used record store, Barrie and Arlene grew Record Bar into the second-largest record chain in the U.S., with over 200 locations. The Bergmans sold the chain for approximately $100 million.

After taking a multi-year victory lap, Barrie and Arlene purchased Bare Escentuals out of bankruptcy. They eventually turned the failing, four-store cosmetics chain into a global, public company. Learn how Good Guys Finish First.

Mark Templeton – CEO, Citrix Systems

“If you set out to make a fortune, you probably won’t. If you set out to make a difference in the world, you will and you might make a fortune.”

Mark Templeton knows a bit about success and what it takes to reach the top of one’s industry. He began his career at Citrix as a middle manager in its Marketing Department, eventually rising to the ranks of CEO. He was later fired from this role, only to be re-hired as CEO a couple years later. During Mark’s tenure, Citrix has grown from 50 employees and a few million dollars of revenue, to a company of over 10,000 employees, generating revenue in excess of $3.1 billion.

Mark’s talk has been accessed nearly 700,000 times, making it one of the TMP’s most popular videos to date. Learn how Success Isn’t What Happens To Other People – It Can Happen To You.

Marten Mickos – CEO, Eucalyptus Systems (sold to HP) and CEO, MySQL (sold to Sun Microsystems)

“I think entrepreneurship is ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Becoming a successful entrepreneur isn’t… about your skills or your abilities or your DNA, it’s about what you refuse to give up on – what you will keep doing until you succeed.”

Marten Mickos has enjoyed a celebrated entrepreneurial career. As an early executive at MySQL, he helped build the company into the world’s most used open source database. MySQL was eventually acquired by Sun Microsystems for $1 billion.

Marten’s next venture was Eucalyptus Systems, which he successfully led for several years and eventually sold to HP. Learn how Marten went from a “serially unsuccessful entrepreneur” in Finland, to one of the most respected CEOs in Silicon Valley.

John Ferriter – Real Life Jerry Maguire, Top Hollywood Agent

“I answer the phone and the woman says, ‘Hi… I need the most mature person you have who can deal with difficult people.’ And in one of those ‘How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying’ moments, I (said) ‘His name is John Ferriter and I will send him over right now.’ (applause) That was the first job I got for somebody. That job lasted nineteen and a half years.”

With no industry connections or family ties, talent agent John Ferriter applied basic entrepreneurial principles to reach the pinnacle of Hollywood’s elite. He became the agent for a number of celebrities, including: Jerry Garcia, Dr. Drew, Carson Daily, Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla, Tom Green, Dick Clark, Keanu Reeves and Ryan Seacrest.

His also an award winning Producer of a number of successful reality TV shows, including: Fear Factor, Biggest Loser and Project Runway. Watch John describe his surprising Hollywood journey.

You can also follow John on Twitter @johngreathouse, and check out his hands-on startup blog.

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The Job Landscape Today and Tomorrow: The San Diego View

8232Most employers agree that the workforce of tomorrow will need a deep knowledge of computer science, IT, big data, math, and other STEM-related abilities, not just for science and tech jobs, but for all occupations.

Such skills are essential for San Diego’s booming biotech and life sciences industry (ranked third largest in the country), as well as other large employers in IT, manufacturing and health care.

Join San Diego Union Tribune’s Jonathan Horn as he moderates a panel of industry experts discussing what skills they need most – and learn about their strategies to actively equip students with necessary skills through tech fairs and afterschool enrichment programs.

Watch The Job Landscape Today and Tomorrow: The San Diego View.

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