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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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BBC & UCL announce new strategic partnership

BBC & UCL announce new strategic partnership | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

BBC Research & Development today announced a new strategic partnership with UCL, to drive innovation, and collaborate on a wide programme of R&D activity. Building on the BBC’s history of partnerships, this venture will bring together some of the brightest minds in the UK to discuss and tackle the challenges for digital media and the creative industry at large.

 

Over the next four years, the new partnership between BBC and UCL will focus on an ambitious programme of research work that seeks to advance state-of-the-art communications technologies, Internet research, content production, user experience (UXD) and access services. The outcomes of this research will also be shared with the wider industry.

 

As part of the partnership, the BBC and UCL will share facilities and resources, and create new opportunities for students, graduates, staff and third parties with a range of sponsored studentships for doctorate level research, internships, student placements and a staff exchange programme. This initiative will form the foundation for future collaboration with other academic and industrial partners and as such will act as a catalyst in accelerating UK performance in this sector.

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