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[Merged]The Computer that plays God: Earth Emulator

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Climate science has been transformed by huge computer simulations that can predict changes in lands, oceans and atmospheres.

Now researchers are hoping they can do the same for ecology by creating an ambitious model that simulates entire ecosystems, anywhere in the world.

Researchers at Microsoft and the UN are hoping the model could provide a better understanding of how the planet's fragile ecosystems fit together.

In theory maybe a good system, but isn't this only as valuable and correct as the data one puts into the system? And how accurate could this be in the long term with all the unknown factors like natural disasters or changes in climate?

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I just hope the computer doesnt say "no"

The computer that plays GOD: Scientists design simulator that predicts the fate of all life on Earth

Madingley model captures the growth, migration, and lives of creatures

It could address environmental issues such as hunting and habitat loss

Software is open-source to encourage more scientists to get involved

But some ecologists believe nature is too complex to model in this way

Climate science has been transformed by huge computer simulations that can predict changes in lands, oceans and atmospheres.

Now researchers are hoping they can do the same for ecology by creating an ambitious model that simulates entire ecosystems, anywhere in the world.

Researchers at Microsoft and the UN are hoping the model could provide a better understanding of how the planet's fragile ecosystems fit together.

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Climate science has been transformed by huge computer simulations that can predict changes in lands, oceans and atmospheres.

ROFL.

Climate science has been transformed by huge computer simulations that can predicate lucrative research grants for climate scientists and university bursars.

Now researchers are hoping they can do the same for ecology....

Yaaaaay - go Ecologists... about time you had a turn at the Trough.

Still, perhaps I shouldn't be so cynical. I guess everything has to start somewhere.

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