Large scale experiments and simulations for the second generation of FuturICT
FuturICT 2.0 is an international European Project funded under the FLAG-ERA Joint Transnational Call (JTC) 2016. It started in February 2017 and will have a duration of three years.
To manage scarce resources and support endangered people and communities, powerful global information systems need to be built, based on big data and artificial intelligence.
Digitization implies a massive structural change in the global economy, which will cause significant levels of unemployment unless economic systems are reformed. The potential misuse of Big Data and AI technologies cannot be ignored as it might generate a creeping authoritarianism and gradual erosion of the privacy rights and civil liberties of individuals. We need to make significant progress towards understanding and managing complex, global, interactive systems.
FuturICT 2.0 will bring together a large array of the best academic minds in fields such as social science, complexity science and computational science.
With jointly-supervised research projects, traditional workshops, exchanges, and meetings, the project will bring together the latest, bleeding-edge knowledge in areas such as big data, artificial intelligence, agent-based simulation, the Internet of Things, blockchain technology, and complexity science. This interdisciplinary approach will lay the theoretical and organizational foundations for the digital economy of the future.
HOW WE PURSUE IT
FuturICT 2.0 will promote disruptive innovation to tackle the main challenges of modern society towards a more resilient and adaptive society. We will harness emerging knowledge in order to address urgent global challenges. How?
- Using disruptive innovation to tackle existential threats such as resource shortages, climate change, economic dislocation and technology-driven unemployment
- Developing a new, nuanced and multifaceted financial incentive system to promote a circular, sharing economy and achieve social goals collaboratively
- Adopting a decentralized and collaborative approach, involving methods such community-based decision-making, crowdsourcing and citizen science, to adapt to social needs and address unforeseen societal challenges
Smart technology + smart citizens = the economy of the future