Week 14 Journal 9 When you actually take time to think about there are a massive amount of energy transactions going on all around us. What if the excess energy from these transactions could be captured and put into system that converts this energy into usable power. This was the aim of a project called the Paris Navigating Gym a collaboration by Carlo Ratti Associati with Technogym, Terreform ONE, and URBEM. This floating gym was designed to allow Parisians to inhabit the Seine river year round an according to Ratti it “investigates the potential of harnessing human power.” The inhabitants of the of the vessel power it by using gym equipment that conveys their kinetic energy into usable electricity to power the boat and the excess energy is put into the Paris’s power grid. This is an interesting concept because it defies our expectations of transportation. Usually our powered vehicles are burning fuel and adding to the problem of pollution; the Paris Navigating Gym actually functions without causing any pollution and actually helping to reduce the amount of pollution created by power plants because it puts its excess energy into the power grid. Developing these types of technology further could help lead humanity away from the age of fossil fuels and towards a future powered by the efforts of our own muscles. After all as our population, the source of many global issues, grows so does the potential for human generated power.