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Virtual ‘mirror’ of world to help predict future - Steven Bishop in The Sunday Times

Virtual ‘mirror’ of world to help predict future - Steven Bishop in  The Sunday Times | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

A BRITISH-LED scientific project is poised to win £800m backing from the European Union.

 

University College London (UCL) is co-ordinating a group of institutions that is seeking to develop a computer model of the world’s population, economy and society.

 

Creating a virtual “mirror” of the world would allow scientists, governments and others to obtain unparalleled insights into the way society responds to certain events and under certain circumstances.

 

For example, the impact of natural disasters or the introduction of new laws could be assessed in the virtual world, providing data about the effect on society and the economy. The response to contagious diseases could also be tried and assessed in the virtual world.

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New Scientist: 2013 Smart Guide: Hot computing for a cool billion - tech - 26 December 2012

New Scientist: 2013 Smart Guide: Hot computing for a cool billion - tech - 26 December 2012 | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

Six mega-projects, from a supercomputer brain simulation to a real-life SimCity on a global scale, are vying for two prizes, each worth $1 billion, 

 

It has been called science's X Factor: six mega-projects vying for two prizes, each worth a cool €1 billion.

 

In 2010, the European Commission put out a call for visionary computing initiatives comparable to the moon landing or the mapping of the human genome. Such ultra-ambitious projects would change the way we think about the world and ideally solve some of its problems, too.

 

Of 21 ideas submitted, six were shortlisted for further development. These include the Human Brain Project - an attempt to simulate the brain using a supercomputer - and a scheme to create a new generation of electronic devices based not on silicon but graphene.

 

The winners will be announced at the end of January. The prize money, from European countries and private firms as well as the European Union, will be spread over 10 years.

 

Our money is on FuturICT, a real-life SimCity on a global scale. It will give individuals, companies and governments real-time information about the planet, and run simulations to find the best strategies for dealing with issues such as climate change.

 

FuturICT was conceived after the 2008 financial crash drove home our lack of understanding about today's hyperconnected world. The civilisation simulator will be an open platform, accepting data on anything from social media and the stock exchange to climate models and political preferences. Stay tuned for the start of something big.

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La scienza che verrà: 10 anticipazioni sul 2013

La scienza che verrà: 10 anticipazioni sul 2013 | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

L’UE sceglie i due progetti bandiera da 1 miliardo di euro
Grande eccitazione per l’imminente scelta della Commissione europea dei due progetti bandiera che guideranno l’innovazione scientifica e tecnologica nei prossimi dieci anni, grazie a un finanziamento di un miliardo di euro ciascuno. La competizione si è aperta nel 2010 e i progetti giunti ora alla fase finale sono sei (non vi sarete mica persi i nostri articoli sui sei FET Flagship?). Alla fine di gennaio, l’annuncio dei due vincitori. Nanorobot che controlleranno costantemente il nostro stato di salute, miracolose applicazioni del grafene, assistenti robot, una grande simulazione del cervello umano ma soprattutto FutureICT, su cui si concentrano le scommesse: una sperimentazione su scala globale volta a simulare e prevedere le future crisi sistemiche della nostra società.

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1小时等于67亿人320年 最快超算模拟心脏-科技频道-和讯网

1小时等于67亿人320年 最快超算模拟心脏-科技频道-和讯网 | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

再如,欧盟斥资14亿美元开展FuturICT计划,预测地球未来。也许在将来不久,世界末日的预言将有超级计算机给出,FuturICT计划中将建立一套名为“Living Earth Simulator(LES,动态地球模拟)”的超级计算机系统,按此前的计划,LES将在2022年开始正式工作,预测地球社会动态及经济趋势,尤其是全球性的危机事件。

 

全文总结:宏观到宇宙起源,微观到病毒研究,甚至是预测未来,超级计算机不仅仅是一个国家的科技发展水平的代表象征,其实际应用也是十分重要的一环,大气气候海洋等数据量比较大的领域,超级计算机发挥的作用毋庸置疑,再如最大的天文望远镜,其对超级计算机的要求也是十分的苛刻。而且,与人类日常生活息息相关的流感病毒,也需要借助超级计算机研究,因此才会有诸多国家企业致力于超级计算机的研究。

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