Modeling the Embryonic Mayhem

Imagine a future where

thousands of streams of real-world data would be brought together to reveal previously unknown patterns and trends in human society.

What might this new kind of computing marvel do?

Ultimately the simulator could help detect impending crises like public health emergencies and instabilities in the financial system while serving as a powerful modeling tool for leaders testing the implications of policy changes in energy, transportation, city planning and many other areas, its developers say.

The “planetary simulator” is still in the conceptual phase, but at least you can now game future catastrophes for kicks.

4 Responses to “Modeling the Embryonic Mayhem”

  1. HugeDifference says:

    And you were complaining about James Fallows following for woo.

  2. HugeDifference says:

    Damn, should be falling, now following of course.

  3. Zajko says:

    What happens when it moves past the conceptual stage and starts spitting out scenarios? (if it ever gets that far).
    The ambition of this project is simply astounding.

  4. David44 says:

    “thousands of streams of real-world data would be brought together to reveal previously unknown patterns and trends in human society.”
     
    That paradigm seems to have been mastered already by Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc., etc.

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