TED at SIT
We at SIT not only value the knowledge but also our intellectual capital, and nurture it
through a perfect blend of TED talks and group discussions. Book reviews and group discussions
about TED talks are organized and conducted every week for the faculty, where novel and
breakthrough ideas are shared and discussed. “Epeolatry” the faculty Book club and TED club
truly replicates the motto of Symbiosis “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”. The faculty participates
with full gusto and loves to impart the knowledge and ideas to the students. TED club for
students is also on the way and will be functional in a week.
Last week’s TED talk was on “Biomimicry”. The term Biomimicry has been derived
from the Greek word “bios”, which means life and mimesis, which means to imitate. Biomimicry
is the pathway to innovation. It is generally believed that only poets and writers turn to nature for
inspiration but now designers, architects and engineers are turning to nature to innovate and
change the face of the earth.
The content in this blog would amaze you through a few examples from different genre.
To begin with, termite mounds were the real heroes behind the conception of The Eastgate
Shopping center in Harare, Zimbabwe designed by architect Mike Pearce. Irrespective of the
temperature outside, the temperature inside the termite mound stays constant. Heating and
cooling vents are opened and closed throughout the day to maintain the temperature. The
Eastgate saves a lot of energy, to be precise it uses only 10% as compared to the conventional
buildings; thereby leading to lower rental rates. Natural objects have the key for efficacious
solutions; with the aid of minimum resources sustainability can be targeted.
“Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink”. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Water is crucial to sustain any civilization. Technology derived from beetles has come to
the rescue of humans to enable clean water harvesting. The Stenocara beetle residing in the
African Namib dessert is skilful in pulling water out of thin air. Beetles collect moisture from the
morning fog through the means of the nodes on their back. The droplets get collected towards the
beetles mouth by sliding off the bumps. Biometric patterns are being developed by the
academicians to harvest water from the air. Nature has an exhaustive balm to which humans turn
time and again.
Thus, nature never did betray the heart that loved her!!
Link for the TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/janine_benyus_biomimicry_in_action
Conducted on 13 July, 2018