If you happen to stumble upon a problem regarding the prediction of the future, a new project may come in handy: the new supercomputers that can accurately predict some aspects of the near and far future, named The Living Earth Simulator, or LES. Created by scientists, this project aims to simulate events that could take place on Earth, based on data collected from its history, primary via the internet.
The Living Earth Simulator is funded by the European Union and its costs rise up to 900 million pounds. In theory, the program could be able to predict a long range of events, including the spread of disease, financial crisis and other negative or favorable incidents. If proven accurate, LES could replace the traditional economic models that are used in the present, making it easier to predict economic events.
Given that almost all statistics are in close relation with human actions across the world, many of the Earth’s future problems can be detected and prevented before taking place, thus eliminating the factors that create the issues in the first place.
The physical size is strongly reflected by the magnitude of the project itself: huge amounts of data are being stored in huge supercomputers and a super analytic speed is required in order to manipulate all the data and come with a viable prediction. The magnitude of the project is also reflected in the number of the computer science centers involved: no less than 30 different centers are working together in order to create this massive supercomputer. A newly formed consortium (consisting of Oxford and Edinburgh Universities) was established in order to aid this project, expecting great results.
The project itself remains a subject of debate between scientists, some claiming that such a big money-spending idea could turn out to be a waste of time and effort to the parts involved. The results should be able to answer this criticism and whether or not LES is capable of giving accurate predictions, or just some inconclusive, unrealistic data regarding the future.