How 1973 computer made chillingly accurate apocalyptic prediction & showed ‘civilisation could cease to exist by 2050’

A COMPUTER from 1973 has made chillingly accurate apocalyptic predictions and showed that civilisation as we know it could cease to exist by 2050.

The eerily precise modelling was developed by professors at MIT university to predict how modern civilisation would behave by 2060 – and the findings have been as startling as they’ve been accurate.

How 1973 computer made chillingly accurate apocalyptic prediction & showed ‘civilisation could cease to exist by 2050’

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A 1973 computer programme made uncanny predictions about the state of the planetCredit: ABC
Modelling by professors at MIT uni found civilisation as we know it may cease to exist by 2050

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Modelling by professors at MIT uni found civilisation as we know it may cease to exist by 2050Credit: ABC
Known as 'World One', the programme claimed living standards would drop and pollution levels sky rocket from 2020

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Known as ‘World One’, the programme claimed living standards would drop and pollution levels sky rocket from 2020Credit: ABC

Dubbed “World One”, the programme, commission by the Club of Rome, models how well the world can sustain its then growth trajectory.

What it predicted was that by 2040 there would be a total global collapse if population and industries continued to grow unabated.

The computer programme analysed troves of data on pollution levels, birth rates, and natural resource stocks to give an overall quality of life assessment.

The model made unnervingly accurate predictions about falling living standards from the 1980s onwards and the dwindling of natural resources like coal, gas, and other vital minerals.

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An eerie news clip from the time shows analysts examining data of people’s behaviour in twenty year intervals up to 2060.

Each line on the massive chart represents a condition of the planet.

“Let’s have a look at the Q curve, which is represented by the quality of life, for example the amount of space people have, the amount of money they have to spend, the amount of food they have to eat,” a presenter points out.

“It increases rapidly up to 1940 but from 1940 on, the quality of life diminishes.

“When we come up to the year 2020, it’s really come right back.

“At around 2020, the condition of the planet becomes highly critical. If we do nothing about it, the quality of life goes down to zero.

“Pollution becomes so serious it will start to kill people, which in turn will cause the population to diminish, lower than it was in the 1900.

“At this stage, around 2040 to 2050, civilised life as we know it on this planet will cease to exist.”

The presenter warned that driving cleaner cars or shrinking the amount of kids families produce is “just a drop in the ocean” to fixing the problem of the world’s survival.

Dr Aurelio Peccei, founder of the Club of Rome, predicted that by 2070 “this Earth, the animals, the plants, the green spaces, are bound to disappear”.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has already predicted what the “last human on Earth” will look like.

AI software DALL·E showed eerie human-like figures including a small pale alien living in a deserted world.

Meanwhile, an AI algorithm that has been trained in biblical scripture has been coming up with its own ‘prophecies’.

The creation is called AI Jesus and it’s already spoken about a “plague” and “the end of days”.

The algorithm was created by engineer and quantum researcher George Davila Durendal.

He explained in a blogpost: “I present to you A.I. Jesus. An artificial intelligence of my invention created from the King James Bible and nothing else.

“This A.I. learned human language from reading the bible and nothing else; absorbing every word more thoroughly than all the monks of all the monasteries that have ever been.”

Durendal told the AI to write predictions about three topics: “The Plague”, “Caesar” and “The End of Days”.

One section reads: “O LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; When they saw the angel of the Lord above all the brethren which were in the wilderness, and the soldiers of the prophets shall be ashamed of men.”

Another states: “And he said unto them, Depart ye for him, and see the mouth of all the remission of death.”

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And there’s also this concerning line: “that thou shouldest take him a great multitude of people, and the spoil of the wicked shall be the same things that are in the midst of the sea; and the sea shall be the father of the devils.”

Although AI Jesus is far from perfect and coherent, it is another interesting example of how AI can be used to interpret and create on its own.

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