Masatoshi Funabashi

In 2010 at Sony CSL, I started a synecoculture project. Synecoculture is a new field of open systems science which integrates domains including ecology, physiology, information science, complex systems science, food science, environmental science and agriculture, and I have undertaken a host of measures to scientifically formalize and verify it. My main initiative has been a pilot project for the proof of concept both in Japan and Sub-Saharan Africa. Since a prime cause of environmental destruction has been small-scale farmers trading away biodiversity for productivity, we have shown that synecoculture has the potential to fundamentally solve that issue. It potentially allows for biodiversity on a scale never before possible in the history of agriculture, while also allowing for food production that restores the healthy functioning of ecosystems and promote human well-being.
Based on my experience in the field, I am designing a “megadiversity management system” which will offer support to primary industries that impact our natural environment and also to the systems of our societies. It aims to support a new agricultural revolution, one that makes use of information and communications technology (ICT) coupled with the diversity of living nature and our society. Through it, we intend to solve global issues related to the food we produce, the environments we live in, and our own health.

Synecoculture / Open Complex Systems / Ecology / Agriculture / Hunting-gathering / Citizen Science / Ecosystems Management / Interface / Long-tail / Self-organization / Ecological Optimum / Emergence / Niche
Formation / Symbiotic Earth / Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) / Machine Learning / Artificial Intelligence / Augmented Reality / Megadiversity Management Systems (MMS)





Selected Publications

M.Funabashi “Citizen Science and Topology of Mind: Complexity, Computation and Criticality in Data-Driven Exploration of Open Complex Systems”, Entropy, ISSN:1099-4300, DOI:10.3390/e19040181, Vol. 19, No. 4 (2017)

M.Funabashi “Synthetic Modeling of Autonomous Learning with a Chaotic Neural Network” International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, Vol. 25, No. 04, 1550054 (2015)

M.Funabashi, "Invariance in Vowel Systems” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 137, 2892 (2015)

M.Funabashi “Food Components as Markers Linking Health and Environment: Statistical Invariance Analysis of in natura Diet” American Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering, Vol. 3, No. 6, 2015, pp. 183-196. doi: 10.11648/

M.Funabashi, P. Hanappe, T. Isozaki, A.M. Maes, T. Sasaki, L. Steels, and K. Yoshida “Foundation of CS-DC e-laboratory: Open Systems Exploration for Ecosystems Leveraging”, Proceedings of CS-DC 2015, Springer.


PhD in Physics, École Polytechnique in France.
Accredited veterinarian in Japan.
Biological life has many facets. Focusing on the differences between life in the wild and human-led breeding/cultivation, Masatoshi Funabashi aims to establish a new kind of life science that moves beyond laboratory experiments (in vitro/vivo) and towards Mother Nature (in natura). He has created a scientific food production system known as synecoculture, which is founded on the multi-functionality of ecosystems. His primary focus is agriculture - a field that sits at the intersection of sustainability, health and the natural world. His ambition is to revive and grow the diversity of both natural ecosystems and human societies in a symbiotic way.

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