In 1962, R. Buckminster Fuller published plans for a, "giant, 200-foot diameter... miniature earth -- the most accurate global representation
of our planet ever to be realized." The Geoscope would be a massive 3-D educational environment,
using an array of computers and databases to display real-time and historical data on nearly any world situation.
|R. B. Fuller and one example of the geoscope.
"The complete census-by-census of world population history changes could be run off in minutes... The total history of
transportation and of world resource discovery, development, distribution, and redistribution could become comprehendible
to the human mind, which would thus be able to forecast and plan in vastly greater magnitude than heretofore.
"The consequences of various world plans could be computed and projected. All world data would be dynamically viewable
and picturable and relayable by radio to all the world, so that common consideration in a most educated manner of all
world problems by all world people would become a practical event."
- from Fuller's Education Automation, 1962
Even using today's technology, the Geoscope is an ambitious project in terms of hardware, programming, and data
collection/analysis. The EARTHscope is a step towards realizing this dream. Using readily available software,
web-friendly presentations of critical issues can be quickly built and easily displayed almost anywhere in the world.
Our hope is that ES will be the first in a new series of dramatically effective educational tools for positive world change.
A long-term goal of the ES project is to build the team, the technology, the data resources, and - most importantly - the community
that will make the Geoscope and other critically needed world resources reality.
More about geoscope and the ES project coming soon!
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