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The U.S. Needs a FuturICT Program to Confront the Challenges of 21st Century Government - GovLoop - Knowledge Network for Government

The U.S. Needs a FuturICT Program to Confront the Challenges of 21st Century Government - GovLoop - Knowledge Network for Government | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

By Bill Brantley

About GovLoop GovLoop is the "Knowledge Network for Government" - the premier social network connecting over 60,000 federal, state, and local government innovators.

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Over a 100 researchers in the top European universities are launching a ten-year Big Science project to create a new science for the 21st Century: FuturICT. FuturICT is the merger of information and communication technologies (ICT), complexity science, and social science to create “socially-adaptive, self-organized ICT systems.” What does that mean and why should we care?

Simply put, our technological society is changing at an ever-increasing speed and complexity that we can no longer manager with our current scientific understanding and “collective experience from our simpler past.” Our best efforts to manage these complex networks often results in “counter-intuitive effects driven by positive feedbacks that lead to domino-like cascades of failures.” We need to create systems that can quickly recover from failures – predictable and unpredictable. We need to create sustainable solutions to our most pressing societal needs. And we need to accomplish in a future of constrained resources and increasing citizen demands.

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FuturICT Project:The FuturICT bid could not accord more strongly with the ISRS mission. Success in addressing the measures of resilience will be invaluable to FuturICT and society- Jamie Mackintosh

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A special edition of the European Physical Journal http://link.springer.com/journal/11734/214/1/page/1, Vol. 214 pp 1-666 (2012) has been published which supports the 'FuturICT' bid. It comprises 23 Chapters authored by scientists belonging to the FuturICT community.

Links to the individual chapters are also available on the FuturICT website.

The ISRS Director, Dr Jamie MacIntosh also co-authored a chapter within this special edition, entitled "Towards integrative risk management and more resilient societies."

FuturlCT is a FET Flagship project using collective, participatory research, integrated across the fields of ICT, the social sciences and complexity science, to design socio-inspired technology and develop a science of global, socially interactive systems. The project will bring together, on a global level, Big Data, new modelling techniques and new forms of interaction, leading to a new understanding of society and its coevolution with technology. It will place Europe at the forefront of a major scientific drive to understand, explore and manage our complex, connected world in a more sustainable and resilient manner.

The FuturICT bid could not accord more strongly with the ISRS mission. Success in addressing the measures of resilience will be invaluable to FuturICT and society. Resilience can offer a graceful convergence through creating jobs and healthy competitiveness. This is vital. FuturICT is the perfect platform for delivering such outcomes.
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