The philosophical foundation for The WRSC is in its founding premise stated as a question posed in R. Buckminster Fuller's World Game™ simulation:
“How do we make the world
work for 100% of humanity
in the shortest possible time
ecological damage or
disadvantage to anyone?”
The World Resources Simulation Center (WRSC) will be a non-profit visualization facility where you can literally “see” the critical trends of global and regional issues, the relationships between issues, and the consequences of different strategies. For detailed information, begin by downloading the proposal documents to learn more about the specifics of the project. Next, explore several quick demonstrations of new technologies and how data and mapping information can be utilized in powerful new ways. (videos follow, continue with post)
A large format, immersive visualization and simulation facility, the WRSC will compile an inventory of world resources, analyze and assess historical and projected trends, and study best practices and solutions to current and anticipated problems. The WRSC will provide global leaders from business, governments, education and NGOs a resource for cooperation and collaboration to make informed and sustainable choices for humanity as a whole in the shortest possible time. In our world of multiple crises, this kind of visualization tool is critical for thoughtful decision-making.
The WRSC will take advantage of current and evolving technologies which allow us to gather and turn data into accessible information, layered and displayed as 4-D map projections, to conduct geospatial analysis, to explore, visualize and create sophisticated optimal predictions that add insight and certainty to decision making. This visualization and simulation infrastructure provides access to in-depth, networked, globally distributed data on world resources, global trends and conditions.
As a proof of concept, the GENI Global Visualization was designed to show the potential uses of layered global environmental data. By choosing just two sets of data to overlay visually, relationships between them begin to emerge. The Flash Version of the visualization allows for a quick demonstration of the concept, while the WMS (Web Map Service) Version is a more powerful and complex tool. Follow either link to explore the project.
+ Reference: World Brain Institute & Global Game
+ Re-configuring the Global Organisms' Operating System Through Mobile Democracy (pdf)
+ Earth Simulator Center (Japan)
+ Video: “3rd Millenium Probelm-Solving” presented at Google by David Brin & Sheldon Brown
+ Buckminster Fuller Challenge
+ Producing Communities of Communications and Foreknowledge
+ Simulation and Democractic Re-Configuration Towards a Revolution in the Methods of Resolution
+ Review: Social Change 2.0–A Blueprint for Reinventing Our World
+ Review: Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth
+ Holographic touch-screen
+ Multi-Touch, Multi-User Wall
+ “PhotoSynth” (requires Silverlight installation to view video)
+ Sim City-like Shanghai online
+ Data visualization resource list