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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.

There have been countless predictions of the end of the times in the history of our civilizations. Unfortunately, most of them–if not all–are nothing more than conspiracies.

However, in 1973, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology predicted the end of our civilization with the help of one of the most powerful supercomputers of that time.

In 1973, experts developed a computer program at MIT to model global sustainability. Instead, it predicted that by 2040 our civilization would end.

Recently, that prediction re-appeared in Australian Media, making its way to the rest of the world.

Cool, so what did the supercomputer predict, and what’s the story behind it? The program was originally developed by computer pioneer Jay Forrester, who the Club of Rome commissioned to predict the future of global growth, given our available planetary resources.

The Club of Rome is an organization made up of thinkers, former world heads of states, scientists, and UN bureaucrats, and according to their website, their mission is to “promote understanding of the global challenges facing humanity and to propose solutions through scientific analysis, communication, and advocacy.”

Forrester’s model looked at five essential factors that most likely could impact the growth on Earth: Population, agricultural production, depletion of non-renewable resources, industrial output, and pollution generated by humankind.

Considering the above, and 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.

And this apocalyptic scenario predicted back 1973 is back in the headlines because the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) decided to share some of its original TV coverage of the research in a new YouTube clip:

Worrying, according to Science Alert, in the decades since the model first appeared, research has shown that many of the predictions made by this pioneering model are scarily accurate, with some arguing we can “expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon.”

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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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