Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Parallel Earth

A sentient world is nearer than you think with the US Department of Defense (DOD) intentions of creating a "a copy of you in an alternate reality to see how long you can go without food or water, or how you will respond to televised propaganda."

If this isn't enough, other details like world economics, mob behavior and water availability will be put into the mix creating a SIMS world of unprecedented scale and interactivity. Purdue University and Simulex (the commercial developer of the Purdue code) are the organizations who built the software and Simulex successfully pitched this endeavor to DARPA and, you guessed it, The Department of Homeland Security. Presently, they are already using the program to visualize various terrorist scenarios that could happen in the US along with simulations of operations happening in Iraq and Afghanistan.The parallel world concept is very cool but having the military and Homeland Security be the primary users of this app is not when one considers the HS and the Bush Administration's track record regarding privacy, due process and the ability to do anything with any degree of competency.

Hopefully, Purdue will release the Synthetic Environment for Analysis and Simulations, or SEAS program to the public as this is an incredibly powerful tool that, in the right hands, could change how civilization does business as we move further into the 21st century.

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