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What happens if New York gets nuked? Scientists simulate 20m people in massive computer system

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Scientists at Virginia's George Mason University are running the 3-5-year studyTheir simulation puts up to 20 million 'agents' in a simulated New YorkEach one has family members, needs, jobs, and personal reactions to events Their reactions will be modeled over 30 virtual days, in 5-15-minute 'steps'Some may try to reach loved ones, while others will help injured strangersResearchers are using personal testimonies of disaster survivors to make agentsBy the end it should take a bank of computers two days to run the full simulation 


Scientists are conducting a massive computer simulation to work out how New York would respond to a nuclear attack in the heart of Manhattan. The three-year, $450,000 project will simulate two nuclear detonations and their effects on up to 20 million virtual 'agents' each representing  civilian, first responder or other official over the course of 30 days. But first they need to input data - a lot of data, taken from disaster reports across the US - to figure out how individuals really react to catastrophe. 'Computational social science is not experimental.' Professor William Kennedy (pictured inset) of Virginia's George Mason University told The Atlantic. 'We don't terrorize people and see how they behave.' The simulated explosions will be half the size of the one detonated at Hiroshima (right).

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  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    I guess it's good to know beforehand...
    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • It would sure be interesting to see the results.

    "How do you tell a communist?  Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin.  And how do you tell an anti-communist?  It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin."

    *Ronald Reagan*

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