Contemplations on Algorithmic Earth-Keeping


Here’s an idea that came to me just I was about to sleep right now. Why not… computerize the earth? Create one huge planetary network?

*readers shouting* “Maybe you mean… the internet?”

I know. What I mean is something more centralized and more intelligent. I’ll give you an example. A very  simple one.

Stabilizing Climate Change

First, divide all of the land of the planet into (geographical, not political) regions and assign a node to each region in the global network. Now create a world-wide fund for forest-preservation and rehabilitation. Let’s create an algorithm like the following:

Input: Carbon contribution (= CO2 emmission – CO2 consumption) at each node

Output: Weight of each node which in this application is the percentage of the world-wide reforestation fund assigned to that node.

A smart algorithm designed for this kind of network will finally create the effective, highly organized and intelligently executed world-wide reforestation effort that is needed to save the planet right now. Regions with less fertile soil e.g the Persian Gulf will, of course, require more funds per tree than regions like Indus Plain but our theoretical algorithm is intelligent enough to consider all such factors.

Of course I have mention reforestation only just for the sake of simplicity. There is no reason not to extend this to automobile restrictions, industrial pollution regulations, mass transit funding, solar panel / wind farm subsidies etc.

World Humanitarian™ Algorithm

Input: “Disaster Reports” from every node. Quantified on a scale that is proportional to the number of people affected, land area affected, population density and demographics of the region. To be more general, the HDI of every node, the living standards, levels of oppression etc.

The algorithm analyses the urgency of the situation in case of any disaster or generally measures a quantified ‘prosperity’ property for the node. Then it does the following:

  • Publicizes donation requests on the nodes with higher prosperity for the nodes with critically low prosperity. In case of a disaster, also publicizes relief and volunteer requests.
  • Calculates amount of international development funding assigned by more prosperous nodes for less prosperous ones.
  • Creates economic simulations for best possible bail-out strategies.

Estimates of the number of relief workers

Global Smart Grid

Same concept at play. This time with energy exchange.

Maybe something like this could help our civilization reach Type 1 status on the Kardeshiv scale. That’s my two cents, anyway.


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