At 12 pm ET on June 3, Thousands Will Work the Problem: E = H20

Jun 01, 2010, 14:51 ET from IEEE Spectrum

NEW YORK, June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- By the year 2030, the 8 billion people on Earth will face an annual water shortfall of 2700 billion cubic meters, and the world will demand 45 percent more energy than it does now.

We can't solve one problem without solving the other.

3 June 2010 at 12 noon ET, join thousands of engineers, scientists, technologists and policy makers online in a massively multiplayer forecasting experiment dubbed E = H20, cosponsored by IEEE Spectrum and the Institute for the Future. Whether you have 5 hours or 5 minutes, you can help explore the future at the intersection of water and energy. Spotlight unexpected challenges that others may be missing, help reveal solutions that only collective brainpower can uncover, and transform the way the world looks at water and energy. Register now at

Developed in collaboration with IEEE Spectrum magazine as part of its June special report, Water vs. Energy, noted serious game developer Jane McGonigal of the Institute for the Future's Signtific Labs has come up with a compelling vision of the year 2020, where we will be forced to develop innovative ways to produce more energy using less water and at the same time produce more drinkable water using less energy. Participants will view a video that sets the stage and then offer their own solutions to the coming crisis. "Lab monitors" will scan participants' posts for the most promising and provocative and make other participants aware of these ideas by promoting them to the top of the list and awarding points as well as evaluating ideas through blog posts. The experiment will run for 24 hours. A report based on the results is expected by September 2010.

About This Experiment:

E = H20 is a collaboration between IEEE Spectrum magazine and the Institute for the Future's Signtific Lab, a microforecasting platform developed by the Institute for the Future to foster open discussion about the future of science and technology.