When a rich man's software predicted the end of civilization

Fifty years ago, David Rockefeller formed the Club of Rome with the mission to "promote understanding of the global challenges facing humanity and to propose solutions through scientific analysis, communication, and advocacy."  That is, the Club presented itself as able to predict and warn of future global catastrophes and worthy to guide world leaders in navigating them.  With these lofty aspirations, the Club enlisted as members many prominent people from many vocations, often connected with the United Nations. In short order, the Club discovered Dr. Jay Forrester, inventor of a new scientific discipline called "system dynamics," a prominent feature of which was to simulate via computer the essential behavior of the system under investigation, including (very importantly) the positive and negative feedback loops inherent in that behavior.  Dr. Forrester had previously applied this approach to the fields of industrial dynamics and...(Read Full Post)
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