Disaster News Network: Weblog Entry

According to Disaster News Network, the NOAA has found a new way to simulate oil spills: by releasing wooden drift cards. People finding the cards are asked (in English and Spanish) to report where they found them. My own company has used dye before now to simulate oil spills, and I once heard of someone…

Amazons Mechanical Turk

I have no idea what this has to do with simulation, but Financial Cryptographys post about Amazons Mechanical Turk takes my breath away. Amazon say this service “solves the problem of building applications that until now have not worked well because they lack human intelligence. Humans are much more effective than computers at solving some…

Frog dissection: a social activity (except for the frog…)

Frogs everywhere are doubtless incensed at a recent paper by Kenneth R Fleischman of Florida State University which criticises dissection simulation software because: “socialization has traditionally played an important role in the dissection laboratory experience, yet dissection simulations do not typically incorporate any online or offline interactions.” Serious point though: “the activity of dissection is…

The Cost of Simulation

An occasional series about the cost of simulation: some recent contracts. (In case my posts about Wigner and JASSS made you think simulation isnt in the real world, here are $250 million revenue figures for simulation companies large and small – culled from just the last ten days-worth of Google Alerts.) $100 million over 20…

Liu Qibing

Paul Kedrowskys blog drew my attention to stories that a London-based Chinese copper trader has gone missing. leaving a potentially huge uncovered position behind him. Nothing to do with simulation really, except a comment on the multiplicity of inputs into real life. (See this entry for why too many variables are a problem for simulation.)…