III.4 [./logicaland] Participative Global Simulation

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Michael Aschauer

Maia Gusberti

Nik Thoenen

Sepp Deinhofer

Conceived by graphic designers Michael Aschauer, Maia Gusberti, and Nik Thoenen, in collaboration with computer scientist Sepp Deinhofer, [./logicaland] is a project study for visualizing our world’s complex economical, political, and social systems. It is an attempt to realize a prototype of a global simulation that is to be controlled by a community of unlimited participants. [./logicaland] is based on a global world model developed by Frederick Kile and Arnold Rabehl in Wisconsin in the mid-seventies. It has been taken out of its original context and adapted into a participative online game. In rounds of play lasting up to 22 hours, the financial and natural resource endowments of 185 states can be manipulated in an interdependent world system. The simulation starts with “real” values from the year 2001, taken from the statistics contained in the CIA’s World Fact Book. The parameter changes made by participants become “votes” that are polled by the server and fed back into the simulation so that possible effects can be examined. However, a single user’s influence is minimal as it is a fraction of all participants’ actions. Major change requires collective action. To participate in this global simulation, visit http://logicaland.net.


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Aschauer, Michael, Maia Gusberti, Nik Thoenen, and Sepp Deinhofer. 2002. {./logicaland} Participative Global Simulation. Courtesy of Michael Aschauer, Maia Gusberti and Nik Thoenen, in collaboration with Sepp Deinhofer; re-p.org. In “3rd Iteration (2007): The Power of Forecasts,” Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, edited by Katy Börner and Julie M. Davis. http://scimaps.org.

Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.