Masatoshi Funabashi

In 2010 at Sony CSL, I started the 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.
I am also applying the principles of Synecoculture to living areas and urban spaces as I strive to deploy “augmented ecosystems” to promote biodiversity and to maximize the potential of multiple ecosystem services.

Synecoculture / Augmented Ecosystem / 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 "Human augmentation of ecosystems: objectives for food production and science by 2045", npj Science of Food (2018)

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 " Synecological farming: Theoretical foundation on biodiversity responses of plant communities", Plant Biotechnology, Volume 33 Issue 4 Pages 213-234 (2016)

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.


FUNABASHI is Researcher of Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc., President of SynecO, Inc., and Founder and President of Synecoculture Association.
Funabashi studied biology and complexity science at the University of Tokyo, then obtained his PhD in physics from CREA, Ecole Polytechnique, France. He is a licensed veterinarian. His goal is to establish a new approach to food production he calls "Synecoculture," symbiotic agricultural methods based on biodiversity, since agriculture is an area where sustainability, environmental and human health issues overlap. He hopes to develop this into a new paradigm capable of restoring both human societies and ecosystems. Funabashi also applies the principles of Synecoculture to living areas and urban spaces as he endeavors to deploy “augmented ecosystems” to promote biodiversity and to maximize the potential of multiple ecosystem services.

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