– The Beatles
Perhaps I’m the only one who missed the memo here, but I just ran across this very, very cool and very, very intriguing project from the Institute for the Future. Called Superstruct, it’s the world’s first massively multiplayer forecasting game. Involving a global health pandemic (Respiratory Distress Syndrome, or ReDS), the game highlights the political, economic, social and military issues that might (very likely would) accompany a worldwide health crisis. Comprising a range of scenarios (Quarantine, Power Struggle, Exile, etc.), the game invites people to join the Global Extinction Awareness System and figure out how to prevent a global disaster that actually is not that far from the realm of the possible (think SARS on steroids).
According to the Institute, “By playing the game, you’ll help us chronicle the world of 2019–and imagine how we might solve the problems we’ll face. Because this is about more than just envisioning the future. It’s about making the future, inventing new ways to organize the human race and augment our collective human potential.”
Talk about a strategic planning session. This is brainstorming on a scale not yet seen on our earth.
This is also brilliant. And this is also the future. People connecting in ways never before imagined – and never before possible – to solve real-world problems by doing what human do best: think creatively, play creatively and work creatively to overcome real and potential obstacles.
This is the evolution of communication in real time.
This is a must-follow.