Open Thread/Open Blog! | Main | Comments Down Update: Comments Back
March 22, 2008

Valuable research tool or excuse to play World of Warcraft on the government dime? "World of Warcraft Shines Light on Terror Tactics" (chad)

My bet is on an excuse to play World of Warcraft but Wired Magazine seems to think there is some value here.

Virtual terrorists blowing themselves up and spreading disease inside World of Warcraft could provide counterterrorists with a window into real-world plots.

Such activities in the massively multiplayer online game bear an eerie resemblance to actual terrorism, and analyzing terror tactics in Warcraft could prove more enlightening than current computer simulations used by counterterrorists.

...

Scientists have already noted World of Warcraft's usefulness in studying how diseases spread. The game's network of 10 million players -- each capable of making decisions, either logical or illogical, rational or irrational -- gives scientists a ready-made virtual world to scrutinize that's not based on computer models or artificial intelligence. The game could be an invaluable tool not only for counterterrorists and epidemiologists but also sociologists and economists.

I actually proposed using World of Warcraft to test Ron Paul's gold standard theories last year, and was soundly criticized by everyone who has ever seen the word economy much less taken an economics class, but hey I read this blog so by definition I am a moron, so maybe these guys know something I don't.


digg this
posted by xgenghisx at 05:05 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
Bitter Clinger and All That (Back from the Dead): "Any one pops up next to me in a mask is going to g ..."

filbert: "[i]The Revolution will not have table manners! Po ..."

rickb223 [/s][/b][/i][/u]: "If we're going to have a pi fight, can we at least ..."

ScoggDog: "[i]Sorry CBD. My excuse is, I have the flu and am ..."

Axeman: "The Revolution will not have table manners! ..."

torabora: "So Tom Steyer is going to use his billion$$$$ to a ..."

Tami[/i][/b][/s][/u]: "44 Still can't believe the great state of Indiana ..."

Grump928(C): "I'm of an age where I expected, and was expected, ..."

Pajama Boy: "Two. I did [i]two[/i] pushups. Now for that pi. ..."

grammie winger -The Cubs Suck Again: "When we have an obvious troll, please don't copy i ..."

J.J. Sefton: " 206 *After 30 seconds of gunfire* I changed m ..."

filbert: "If we're going to have a pi fight, can we at least ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64