Europe’s plan to simulate the entire planet

from MIT’s Technology Review:

The ‘Living Earth Simulator’ will mine economic, environmental and health data to create a model of the entire planet in real time.

Helbing’s idea is to create a kind of Manahattan project to study, understand and tackle these techno-socio-economic-environmental issues. His plan is to gather data about the planet in unheard of detail, use it to simulate the behaviour of entire economies and then to predict and prevent crises from emerging.

This model will be capable not only modelling the planet in real time but of simulating the future, rather in the manner of weather forecasters.

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