Celera Releases Genome Data

According to BioIT World, from 1 July Celera will make freely available its formerly proprietary human, mouse, and rat genome sequences, previously only available on subscription. The end of a long controversy, not relevant to this blog. Also a giant step for simulators?

“All but war is simulation”.

Ive been intrigued by what this motto means. (It belongs to the US Armys Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, & Instrumentation, or PEOSTRI – one of the largest purchasers of simulation in the world.) So I asked. The Chief Information Officer, Oakie D Williams, kindly replied to my email: “Simulation has become a major…

The Goffman effect

Grant McCrackens blog, in an essay on what makes a good diary blog, refers to the “Goffman effect”: deliberately associating with people who get the rules of everyday life wrong, in order to identify better what the social conventions are. Teaching machines to simulate humans may offer an alternative Goffman effect. Erving Goffman was a…

US army recruit numbers falling

According to a report in the SW Flordia Herald Tribune, US General Michael Rochelle told “a luncheon for workers in the computer simulation industry in Orlando” that the army was having problems meeting its recruitment targets. General Rochelle said problems in Afghanistan and Iraq have discouraged potential recruits. ” Although many young people are willing…

Outsourcing simulation away from the USA and Europe?

A recent news story, derived from press releases by or about Infosys and Quest about work on the Airbus 380, claims that “Several Indian third-party CAD/CAE companies are raising a toast to the never-ending spat between Airbus and Boeing, which is compelling both to reduce costs through outsourcing to low-cost destinations.” As quoted by Quest…

IBM models the brain

According to an IBM press release, IBM and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have started a project to model the human brain. Using the model they will be able to “run computer-based simulations of the brain at the molecular level, shedding light on internal processes such as thought, perception and memory…[and>… to understand…

The cost of simulation?

Some recent contracts. SFr95 million (about $70 million): on a combat simulation system for the Swiss Army. $10.9 million: upgrade to the Armys helicopter training simulators: the award — which covers existing and future trainers — brings L-3s funding for helicopter training equipment to $213.3 million, the company said. $7.4 million: from US Naval Air…