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A 1973 MIT Supercomputer Predicted the End of the World by 2040

With the help of one of the most powerful supercomputers of that time, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology predicted the end of our civilization.


Supercomputer Predicts Civilization Will End by 2040

In 1973, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) developed a computer program to model global sustainability. The program was originally commissioned by the Club of Rome, an organization made up of world leaders, scientists, thinkers, and UN bureaucrats, to predict the future of global growth given the planet’s available resources. What the program predicted was unexpected, to say the least. It projected that by the year 2040, our civilization would come to an end.

The Club of Rome’s Mission

The Club of Rome’s mission is to promote scientific analysis, communication, and advocacy towards understanding the global challenges that humanity faces and proposing solutions. In pursuit of this mission, they commissioned computer pioneer Jay Forrester to develop the program for predicting the future of global growth.


The Five Factors

Forrester’s model looked at five essential factors that could impact Earth’s growth. These factors were population, agricultural production, depletion of non-renewable resources, industrial output, and pollution generated by humankind. Using the World3 model, a system dynamics model for computer simulation of interactions between population, industrial growth, food production, and limits in the ecosystems of the earth, scientists found that civilization as we know it would effectively collapse during this century.


The Supercomputer’s Prediction

Although most predictions about the end of the world have been nothing but conspiracy theories, this prediction is backed up by the scientific evidence gathered by MIT’s computer model. The supercomputer’s prediction has resurfaced in the news after the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) released footage of its original TV coverage of the research in a new YouTube clip.

The Accuracy of the Model’s Predictions

In the decades since the model’s creation, research has shown that many of the predictions made by this pioneering model are scarily accurate. Some experts even argue that we can expect to see the early stages of global collapse appear soon.

Urgent Action Required

As the world continues to evolve, so do our concerns about its future. However, this prediction highlights the importance of taking urgent action to prevent the worst-case scenario from becoming a reality. Only time will tell whether the supercomputer’s prediction will come true, but one thing is certain: we must act quickly to prevent a catastrophic outcome.


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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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