The deci­sion meant dis­ap­point­ment for some projects, including FuturICT, which had aimed at cre­ating “a plan­e­tary scale com­puter” for helping pre­dict events like nat­ural dis­as­ters. Some of the rea­soning used to reject FuturICT was “quite crazy,” and the project’s leaders should be “pretty shocked,” Alex Vespig­nani, a pro­fessor at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston who is a sup­porter, wrote on the project’s Web site.

 

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