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Maxi San Miguel: On FuturICT

Maxi San Miguel: On FuturICT | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
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On FuturICT: Hideaki Aoyama, Professor of Theoretical Physics Chairman of the Physics and Astrophysics Division, Kyoto University, Japan

On FuturICT: Hideaki Aoyama, Professor of Theoretical Physics Chairman of the Physics and Astrophysics Division, Kyoto University, Japan | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
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Maxi San Miguel: gives thanks and support to Dirk and Steve

Maxi San Miguel: gives  thanks and support to Dirk and Steve | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
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The ambitious project to create a virtual Earth

The ambitious project to create a virtual Earth | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

On this week's Futureproof, Jonathan spoke with computer scientist and social scientist Suzy Moat about FuturICT, a project competing for a €1 billion European research grant. In 2010, the European Commission put out a call for computing ideas whose impact would be on par with the moon landing or the mapping of the human genome. 

6 projects that would change the way we think about the world shortlisted for further development, and the winner will be announced at the end of this month. FuturICT is one of these 6 projects, and it plans to map all of the different connections in our world and society in real-time - essentially a mega version of The Simms that we could use to virtually test real-world scenarios like climate change, economical collapse, or political shifts.

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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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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.

A great resource to connect with peers, share best practices, and find career-building opportunities

 

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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La roadmap tecnologica parte da noi

La roadmap tecnologica parte da noi | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Le tradizionali previsioni sull'industria It sono ferme da anni. Ma i centri più visionari cambiano metodo e puntano sulle persone
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Drohnen sollen Menschenmassen überwachen

Drohnen sollen Menschenmassen überwachen | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Mit Smartphone-Apps und Drohnen sollen in Zukunft Unglücke wie das auf der Loveparade verhindert werden. Bei der WM 2014 in Brasilien soll Sicherheitstechnik aus Deutschland genutzt werden.
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Tödliche Panik

Tödliche Panik | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

Wissenschaftler wollen mit virtuellen Simulationen Katastrophen frühzeitig erkennen und verhindern Von Katja Heise

 

Mit Smartphone-Apps und Drohnen sollen in Zukunft Unglücke wie das auf der Love-Parade verhindert werden

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خبرآنلاین - چه کسانی این دو جایزه ارزشمند € 1,000,000,000 را برنده می‌شوند؟

خبرآنلاین - چه کسانی این دو جایزه ارزشمند € 1,000,000,000 را برنده می‌شوند؟ | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
این جایزه، ایکس فاکتور دنیای علم نامیده شده است: شش پروژه بزرگ که برای به دست آوردن دو جایزه یک میلیارد یورویی تلاش می‌کنند. برندگان این دو جایزه قرار است تا یک ماه دیگر معرفی شوند.
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Alex Vesipignani: on FuturICT

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Vincent Blondel: I am sure other good things will come out of the project #FuturICT

Vincent Blondel:  I am sure other good things will come out of the project #FuturICT | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
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Seeking the next CERN: Europe to award $1.3 billion to next-generation science projects- Washington Post

Seeking the next CERN: Europe to award $1.3 billion to next-generation science projects- Washington Post | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

By Associated Press, 

Updated: Tuesday, January 15, 3:32 PM

BERLIN

 

Call it Europe’s Got Talent for geeks. Teams of scientists from across the continent are vying for a funding bonanza that could see two of them receive up to €1 billion ($1.33 billion) over 10 years to keep Europe at the cutting edge of technology.


The contest began with 26 proposals that were whittled down to six last year. Just four have made it to the final round.

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When Crowds Kill: How Apps, Drones And Psychology Can Improve Crowd Control

When Crowds Kill: How Apps, Drones And Psychology Can Improve Crowd Control | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
When Crowds Kill: How Apps, Drones And Psychology Can Improve Crowd Control @Worldcrunch Worldcrunch - Great stories from the world's best news sources
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Fußgängerpsychologie: Die verschlungenen Wege der Menschen - Spektrum.de

Fußgängerpsychologie: Die verschlungenen Wege der Menschen - Spektrum.de | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Fußgänger sind unkalkulierbar. Welche Wege sie wählen, ist nach wie vor die große Unbekannte in der Forschung. Nun machen Physiker sie berechenbar.
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Alex (Sandy) Pentland of MIT's Media Lab on the question: What are the expected specific transformative impacts of FuturICT?

"Today our society faces many problems, like global warming, disease pandemics, energy usage, and political inefficiency.

 

A lot of these are simply the fact that our systems, our societal systems, are based on concepts from the 1800s.

 

If we we can use the sort of big data that you see in FuturICT, we can build systems that are far more efficient,  and we can go a very long way towards addressing these global problems.

 

That alone is worth all the money, times 100!"

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ETH forscht an der Zukunftsmaschine: Eine Milliarde von der EU?

ETH forscht an der Zukunftsmaschine: Eine Milliarde von der EU? | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

Ein neues Grossprojekt der Hochschule will nicht weniger als die ganze Welt erklären – und dadurch Katastrophen verhindern. 

Es ist nur ein kleiner Schritt für die EU-Kommission, aber ein grosser für die Wissenschaft. In den nächsten Tagen entscheidet die Europäische Union über Fördergelder von bis zu einer Milliarde Euro. Brüssel will damit ein wissenschaftliches Grossprojekt verwirklichen, das Europa weltweit zum Vorreiter machen soll. Forscher sprechen von einem Man-on-the-Moon-Projekt, weil es vergleichbar ist mit der Errungenschaft des ersten Menschen auf den Mond.

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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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Europa escolhe pesquisas para receberem financiamento bilionário

Até o fim do mês, a Comissão Europeia, braço executivo da União Europeia, vai escolher dois projetos de pesquisa futurista que receberão financiamento bilionário para saírem das pranchetas para a realidade. A lista de finalistas inclui desde um gigantesco sistema de captação e análise de dados, uma espécie de sistema nervoso global, que poderia prever crises financeiras e eventos históricos a robôs capazes de fazer companhia a pessoas. Há ainda modelos computacionais para simular à perfeição o funcionamento do cérebro e do corpo humanos, aplicações práticas para o grafeno, material revolucionário cuja descoberta rendeu o Nobel de Física de 2010, e uma rede de sensores de uso pessoal para monitorar a saúde de indivíduos e os riscos ambientais a que estão submetidos.

Os seis projetos em estudo foram selecionados em 2011 por um painel de cientistas de um conjunto original de 30 propostas. Desde então, cada um recebeu recursos da ordem de 1,5 milhão de euros (cerca de R$ 4 milhões) para delinear seus planos e objetivos. Em dezembro do ano passado, um novo grupo de especialistas analisou os resultados obtidos nos últimos 18 meses e apresentou suas conclusões à Comissão Europeia, que pode ou não seguir sua recomendação na decisão prevista para o fim de janeiro. Os vencedores da disputa, oficialmente batizada Iniciativa de Futuras e Emergentes Tecnologias, poderão então ter acesso a investimentos de 1 bilhão de euros (R$ 2,7 bilhões) ao longo dos próximos dez anos.

 

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The Next Phase of Open Data

The Next Phase of Open Data | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it

The Swiss company Paradox Engineering is partnering with the city of San Francisco to pilot a project that uses streetlight poles to develop an expandable wireless network.


Open data increases government efficiency and civic engagement, leading to social and economic benefits as a result of citizen interaction with government. Opening city data allows residents to use that data in innovative ways—to identify trends, to create solutions, and to build products and companies. Open data creates positive environments that support early stage entrepreneurship and contribute to workforce development and job creation.

 

It’s just one example of how the city is unlocking the power of open data. swissnex will launch the online competition “City Challenge: Urban Data Insight” in February, complete with a hackathon on Feb. 23, to engage creative problem solvers in San Francisco, Geneva, and Zurich.

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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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Mobilità intelligente per uno sviluppo sostenibile

Mobilità intelligente per uno sviluppo sostenibile | FuturICT In the News | Scoop.it
Mobilità intelligente per uno sviluppo sostenibile

Il Laboratorio di Fisica della Città dell’Università di Bologna sta ricercando le leggi statistiche universali che descrivano le proprietà medie della mobilità. Per mirare a un sistema di governance che accompagni le città verso una migliore qualità della vita

di A.Bazzani, B. Giorgini, S. Rambaldi, Laboratorio di Fisica della Città, CIRI e CIG Università di Bologna

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