The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 214, Issue 1, pp 5-9

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Introduction: The FuturICT knowledge accelerator towards a more resilient and sustainable future

  • D. HelbingAffiliated withETH Zurich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology


The FuturICT project is a response to the European Flagship Call in the Area of Future and Emerging Technologies, which is planning to spend 1 billion EUR on each of two flagship projects over a period of 10 years. FuturICT seeks to create an open, global but decentralized, democratically controlled information platform that will use online data and real-time measurements together with novel theoretical models and experimental methods to achieve a paradigm shift in our understanding of today’s strongly interdependent and complex world and make our techno-socio-economic systems more flexible, adaptive, resilient, sustainable, and livable through a participatory approach.

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