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Bluebrain | Year Two

The year two film of director Noah Hutton’s 10-year documentary-in-the-making on the progress of the ambitious Blue Brain Project is now online and well-worth watching.

The Blue Brain Project is often touted as aiming to ‘simulate the human brain’ but a more accurate description would probably be that it aims to create a simulation of cortical column circuits from the neuromolecular level up to the point where it’s as equally as complex as the human brain. (via Year two documentary on the Blue Brain project « Mind Hacks)

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Posted at 7:05pm and tagged with: Blue Brain, cognitive computing, documentary, neuroscience, new intelligence, science, simulation, videos,.

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Made in IBM Labs: New Flood Prediction Technology Simulates Rivers 100x Faster than Real Time (by IBMSmarterWater)

Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States , but traditionally flood prediction methods are focused only on the main stems of the largest rivers — overlooking extensive tributary networks where flooding actually starts, and where flash floods threaten lives and property.

IBM’s new flood prediction technology can simulate tens of thousands of river branches at a time and could scale further to predict the behavior of millions of branches simultaneously. By coupling analytics software with advanced weather simulation models, such as IBM’s Deep Thunder, municipalities and disaster response teams could make emergency plans and pinpoint potential flood areas on a river.

Posted at 7:12am and tagged with: Deep Thunder, new intelligence, predictive analytics, safety, simulation, tech, water, weather, flooding, natural disaster, flood prediction,.

Simulating Medieval Warfare on Supercomputers

Historians don’t know how many soldiers were at the battle that marked the beginning of the end of the Byzantine empire, or how long it took those soldiers to get there, or how their leaders even acquired the resources to keep them fed. But all of these questions are now being answered, or at least addressed, by a project called Medieval Warfare on the Grid.

Full Story: Technology Review

Posted at 1:35pm and tagged with: simulation, computers, tech, technology,.

Simulating Medieval Warfare on Supercomputers

Historians don’t know how many soldiers were at the battle that marked  the beginning of the end of the Byzantine empire, or how long it took  those soldiers to get there, or how their leaders even acquired the  resources to keep them fed. But all of these questions are now being  answered, or at least addressed, by a project called Medieval Warfare on the Grid.

Full Story: Technology Review

Earth project aims to ‘simulate everything’

Nicknamed the Living Earth Simulator (LES), the project aims to advance the scientific understanding of what is taking place on the planet, encapsulating the human actions that shape societies and the environmental forces that define the physical world.

Posted at 7:40am and tagged with: technology, simulation, virtual,.

Earth project aims to ‘simulate everything’

Nicknamed the Living Earth Simulator (LES), the project aims to advance  the scientific understanding of what is taking place on the planet,  encapsulating the human actions that shape societies and the  environmental forces that define the physical world.

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IBM launches smarter-planet game CityOne | VentureBeat

Games are serious business at IBM. The company is announcing the launch of CityOne today, a game that simulates a big city’s operations and shows business and civic leaders how to make their cities and industries run smarter by solving real-world business, environmental and logistics problems. The game is related to IBM’s Smarter Planet theme, an initiative to get the world running on smarter and greener technologies. CityOne helps city planners, developers, and government agencies figure out how to address the challenges of running a big city, said IBM’s Phaedra Boinodiris, designer of the game. It’s not like SimCity, where you build a city from scratch; rather, you start with a big city and figure out what to do when things go wrong. The point is to use simulation to educate people quickly and succinctly. The military frequently uses “war game” simulations to practice, and businesses should do more of it. Other big companies such as Cisco have been creating “serious games” to expand strategic thinking in education, business, and government matters. 

Posted at 7:30am and tagged with: gaming, simulation, problem solving,.

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IBM launches smarter-planet game CityOne | VentureBeat
Games are serious business at IBM. The company is announcing the launch of CityOne today, a game that simulates a big city’s operations and shows business and civic leaders how to make their cities and industries run smarter by solving real-world business, environmental and logistics problems. The game is related to IBM’s Smarter Planet theme, an initiative to get the world running on smarter and greener technologies. CityOne helps city planners, developers, and government agencies figure out how to address the challenges of running a big city, said IBM’s Phaedra Boinodiris, designer of the game. It’s not like SimCity, where you build a city from scratch; rather, you start with a big city and figure out what to do when things go wrong. The point is to use simulation to educate people quickly and succinctly. The military frequently uses “war game” simulations to practice, and businesses should do more of it. Other big companies such as Cisco have been creating “serious games” to expand strategic thinking in education, business, and government matters. 

Scientists are planning to use the largest supercomputers to simulate life on Earth, including the financial system, economies and whole societies. The project is called “Living Earth Simulator” and part of a huge EU research initiative named FuturIcT.

Posted at 9:42pm and tagged with: computers, simulation,.