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New project to simulate the whole world

Posted on Thursday, 30 December, 2010 | Comment icon 20 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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The Living Earth Simulator (LES) is being developed to simulate everything that is happening on Earth.

The ambitious project will be powered by a series of supercomputers and hopes to simulate all manner of things from the spread of diseases to weather patterns in order to help scientists better understand what is happening on the planet.

"An international group of scientists are aiming to create a simulator that can replicate everything happening on Earth - from global weather patterns and the spread of diseases to international financial transactions or congestion on Milton Keynes' roads."

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Comment icon #11 Posted by Atheists Are Awesome on 31 December, 2010, 0:11
yeah...not so sure that the technology is up to par yet if this simulation is to be fast and accurate
Comment icon #12 Posted by Stellar on 31 December, 2010, 1:04
In theory, if a computer could replicate EXACTLY what's happening on the Earth then, using sophisticated mathematics, it should be able to calculate what WILL happen, on the Earth. A sort of 'window into the future' if you will. Actually, in theory that is not the case, due to the uncertainty principle.
Comment icon #13 Posted by StarMountainKid on 31 December, 2010, 5:30
Stellar said, Also, chaos theory would have to be taken into account.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Wickian on 31 December, 2010, 5:44
Seems a bit premature to build a functioning simulator for this purpose. Seeing as we don't understand everything, everything cannot be emulated. It's a good start on a framework they can continually add new discoveries to though.
Comment icon #15 Posted by hatmadter on 31 December, 2010, 7:31
I believe there are precursors to any event, because I think that we are all pretty much on-going physics from the big bang (including concienceness)... but by analyzing this amount of varied real-world data, we should at the very least be able to start seeing if these precursors are present or not, if they are, like i think they are (not a complete athiest ), then we may be able to start predict future events. Or if it fails... we get "The Sims3: You in the Matrix"
Comment icon #16 Posted by icet925 on 31 December, 2010, 14:31
Sounds like a game to me. Really hard to emulate Earth when we cannot even understand ourselves.
Comment icon #17 Posted by AKILLEEZ on 31 December, 2010, 16:36
Absolutely a Narcissist idea. Man cannot simulate that which he does not understand. Man is so arrogant and ego driven that he thinks he can control when all he can really do is observe, and he is not even good at that.
Comment icon #18 Posted by crystal sage on 3 January, 2011, 1:12
Absolutely a Narcissist idea. Man cannot simulate that which he does not understand. Man is so arrogant and ego driven that he thinks he can control when all he can really do is observe, and he is not even good at that.
Comment icon #19 Posted by electro13 on 3 January, 2011, 10:25
Well, some of the greatest minds on the planet used to think the Earth was flat, so you just never know. As man continues to devalop, so will his/her technology. IF, a machine could be devaloped to accurately predict say, environmental or economic outcomes, this could have great value. In the right hands.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Emma_Acid on 15 February, 2011, 16:54
Absolutely a Narcissist idea. Man cannot simulate that which he does not understand. Man is so arrogant and ego driven that he thinks he can control when all he can really do is observe, and he is not even good at that. I'm amazed you can get an internet connection in your cave.

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