FuturICT: Participatory computing to understand and manage our complex world in a more sustainable and resilient way

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dc.contributor.author Helbing, Dirk
dc.contributor.author Bishop, Steven
dc.contributor.author Conte, Rosaria
dc.contributor.author Lukowicz, Paul
dc.contributor.author McCarthy, James B.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-13T15:19:39Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-13T15:19:39Z
dc.date.issued 2012-11
dc.identifier.citation Helbing, Dirk; Bishop, Steven; Conte, Rosaria; Lukowicz, Paul; McCarthy, J.B. (2012) 'FuturICT: Participatory computing to understand and manage our complex world in a more sustainable and resilient way'. European Physical Journal - Special Topics, 214 :11-39. doi: en
dc.identifier.volume 214 en
dc.identifier.issued 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 11 en
dc.identifier.endpage 39 en
dc.identifier.issn 1951-6355
dc.identifier.issn 1951-6401
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1121
dc.identifier.doi 10.1140/epjst/e2012-01686-y
dc.description.abstract We have built particle accelerators to understand the forces that make up our physical world. Yet, we do not understand the principles underlying our strongly connected, techno-socio-economic systems. We have enabled ubiquitous Internet connectivity and instant, global information access. Yet we do not understand how it impacts our behavior and the evolution of society. To fill the knowledge gaps and keep up with the fast pace at which our world is changing, a Knowledge Accelerator must urgently be created. The financial crisis, international wars, global terror, the spreading of diseases and cyber-crime as well as demographic, technological and environmental change demonstrate that humanity is facing serious challenges. These problems cannot be solved within the traditional paradigms.Moving our attention from a component-oriented view of the world to an interaction-oriented view will allow us to understand the complex systems we have created and the emergent collective phenomena characterising them. This paradigm shift will enable new solutions to long-standing problems, very much as the shift from a geocentric to a heliocentric worldview has facilitated modern physics and the ability to launch satellites.The FuturICT flagship project will develop new science and technology to manage our future in a complex, strongly connected world. For this, it will combine the power of information and communication technology (ICT) with knowledge from the social and complexity sciences.ICT will provide the data to boost the social sciences into a new era. Complexity science will shed new light on the emergent phenomena in socially interactive systems, and the social sciences will provide a better understanding of the opportunities and risks of strongly networked systems, in particular future ICT systems. Hence, the envisaged FuturICT flagship will create new methods and instruments to tackle the challenges of the 21st century.FuturICT could indeed become one of the most important scientific endeavours ever, by revealing the principles that make socially interactive systems work well, by inspiring the creation of new platforms to explore our possible futures, and by initiating an era of social and socio-inspired innovations. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher EDP Sciences, Società Italiana di Fisica and Springer en
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dc.rights © The Author(s) 2012. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com DOI: 10.1140/epjst/e2012-01686-y en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ en
dc.subject FuturICT en
dc.subject FET en
dc.subject Flagship en
dc.subject ICT en
dc.subject Social Science en
dc.subject Complexity Science en
dc.title FuturICT: Participatory computing to understand and manage our complex world in a more sustainable and resilient way en
dc.type Article (non peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/B004/jbmccarthy en
dc.internal.authorcontactother James B. Mccarthy, Business Information Systems, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: jb.mccarthy@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2013-04-29T15:00:39Z
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dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle European Physical Journal - Special Topics en
dc.internal.copyrightchecked No. CORA - Open Access article - CC-BY en
dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress jb.mccarthy@ucc.ie en


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