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An Introduction to the FuturICT Flagship at the Info ICT Days 2012 of the Alma Mater Studiorum-Università di Bologna (Bologna, Italy, 14/2/2012)

An Introduction to the FuturICT Flagship at the Info ICT Days 2012 of the Alma Mater Studiorum-Università di Bologna (Bologna, Italy, 14/2/2012)

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  • FuturICT: An Introduction Andrea Omicini andrea.omicini@unibo.it Alma Mater Studiorum—Universit` di Bologna a Info Day ICT, 14 February 2012Andrea Omicini (Universit` di Bologna) a FuturICT Intro ICT InfoDay 14/2/2012 1 / 17
  • Outline 1 Premises 2 Facts 3 Benefits 4 Further InformationAndrea Omicini (Universit` di Bologna) a FuturICT Intro ICT InfoDay 14/2/2012 2 / 17
  • PremisesOutline 1 Premises 2 Facts 3 Benefits 4 Further InformationAndrea Omicini (Universit` di Bologna) a FuturICT Intro ICT InfoDay 14/2/2012 3 / 17
  • PremisesWhy do we need FuturICT? I From the Project Summary It seems that we know more about the universe than about our society. Therefore it is time to use the power of information to explore social and economic life on Earth and discover options for a sustainable future.Andrea Omicini (Universit` di Bologna) a FuturICT Intro ICT InfoDay 14/2/2012 4 / 17
  • PremisesWhy do we need FuturICT? II From Dirk Hebling’s Presentation (2010) We know a lot about the universe, but know so little about our society We are not good at predicting and facing crisis We observe global forces along with a myriad of local impulses altogether producing novel societal phenomena, at any level and at any scale Why are we not “good”? Complexity, social phenomena, ICT work altogether, but are faced / understood separately techno-socio-economic-environmental systems are inherently complex The EC means to spend 1 billion euros in the next 10 years for ICT and society: how could we ensure all that money is well-spent?Andrea Omicini (Universit` di Bologna) a FuturICT Intro ICT InfoDay 14/2/2012 5 / 17
  • PremisesWhat would we need from FuturICT? I Understanding & Predicting Science means building models and making predictions we need predictability of complex socio-economic-environmental systems we need to put in a working feedback loop big data + complex models + forecasting + validation, towards predictions & policiesAndrea Omicini (Universit` di Bologna) a FuturICT Intro ICT InfoDay 14/2/2012 6 / 17
  • PremisesWhat would we need from FuturICT? II The Basic Idea (Rosaria Conte, 2010) The basic idea of FuturICT is to integrate different disciplinary areas like complexity science social science ICT in order to provide a new foundation for a science of society answer some foundational transformative problems of society, like preventing spreading of crime, how to face health care issues, how to predict financial crises etc. create a new science of the co-evolution of ICT and societyAndrea Omicini (Universit` di Bologna) a FuturICT Intro ICT InfoDay 14/2/2012 7 / 17
  • FactsOutline 1 Premises 2 Facts 3 Benefits 4 Further InformationAndrea Omicini (Universit` di Bologna) a FuturICT Intro ICT InfoDay 14/2/2012 8 / 17
  • FactsWhat is FuturICT? From Project Summary FuturICT is a visionary project that will deliver new science and technology to explore, understand and manage our connected world. This will inspire new information and communication technologies (ICT) that are socially adaptive and socially interactive, supporting collective awareness.Andrea Omicini (Universit` di Bologna) a FuturICT Intro ICT InfoDay 14/2/2012 9 / 17
  • FactsHow will FuturICT work? I FuturICT Platform FuturICT will build a sophisticated framework for simulation, visualisation and participation, called the FuturICT Platform The FuturICT Platform consists of the Planetary Nervous System the Living Earth Simulator the Global Participatory PlatformAndrea Omicini (Universit` di Bologna) a FuturICT Intro ICT InfoDay 14/2/2012 10 / 17
  • FactsHow will FuturICT work? II The Vision A suite of models forming the Living Earth Simulator will power Observatories, to detect and mitigate crises plus identify opportunities in specific areas These models will be driven, and calibrated, by data aggregated in real-time, which are gathered by a digital Planetary Nervous System Both models and data will support the decision-making of policy-makers, business people and citizens, through a Global Participatory Platform which is intended to facilitate better social, economic and political participationAndrea Omicini (Universit` di Bologna) a FuturICT Intro ICT InfoDay 14/2/2012 11 / 17
  • BenefitsOutline 1 Premises 2 Facts 3 Benefits 4 Further InformationAndrea Omicini (Universit` di Bologna) a FuturICT Intro ICT InfoDay 14/2/2012 12 / 17
  • BenefitsWhich benefits from FuturICT? FuturICT will. . . . . . be the first large-scale ICT project in the world addressing the socio-economic challenges of humanity . . . be a global project, including leading international scientist in the US and all over the world: Europe has triggered off and will coordinate this global research initiative . . . come up with a Knowledge Accelerator, which will help to identify, stimulate, and promote innovations, strengthening both Europe’s science and Europe’s economy . . . revolutionise the social sciences and economics through a multi-disciplinary approach . . . foster Europe’s leadership regarding a multi-disciplinary approach to the social and economic sciences . . . be a competent partner of politics when it comes to difficult questions, the drawbacks of which are hard to overlook . . . be fully in line with Europe’s Agenda 2020 and its humanitarian tradition . . . enable societies to be self-aware and better perceive their challenges and opportunities . . . be not expensive: it requires not even a permille of the costs that the financial crises has createdAndrea Omicini (Universit` di Bologna) a FuturICT Intro ICT InfoDay 14/2/2012 13 / 17
  • Further InformationOutline 1 Premises 2 Facts 3 Benefits 4 Further InformationAndrea Omicini (Universit` di Bologna) a FuturICT Intro ICT InfoDay 14/2/2012 14 / 17
  • Further InformationWeb References for FuturICT Basic URLs Webpage (including publications, media response, events etc) http://www.futurict.eu Facebook (including videos) http://www.facebook.com/FuturICT Twitter (including interesting quotes) http://twitter.com/FuturICT Visioneer White Papers http://springerlink.metapress.com/content/1951-6355/195/1/Andrea Omicini (Universit` di Bologna) a FuturICT Intro ICT InfoDay 14/2/2012 15 / 17
  • Further InformationLocal References for FuturICT FuturICT at the Alma Mater Reference people Andrea Omicini (DISI) mailto:andrea.omicini@unibo.it Pierluigi Contucci (DM) mailto:pierluigi.contucci@unibo.it ARIC support Silvia Vecchi mailto:s.vecchi@unibo.it Michela Cozzi mailto:michela.cozzi@unibo.itAndrea Omicini (Universit` di Bologna) a FuturICT Intro ICT InfoDay 14/2/2012 16 / 17
  • FuturICT: An Introduction Andrea Omicini andrea.omicini@unibo.it Alma Mater Studiorum—Universit` di Bologna a Info Day ICT, 14 February 2012Andrea Omicini (Universit` di Bologna) a FuturICT Intro ICT InfoDay 14/2/2012 17 / 17