Gaming the future

Quite excited by the idea that an interactive  Web 2.0 game can be used to develop thinking about the future – and it launches on my birthday, making it even harder to resist.

Details as follows, from the e-alert link at the Institute for the Future:

You’re In!!

We’ll email you in late September with an invitation to participate in the first 24 hours of Superstruct and become one of our founding players.

– The Superstruct Team @ the Institute for the Future


Q: What is Superstruct?

A: Superstruct is the world’s first massively multiplayer forecasting game. By playing the game, you’ll help us chronicle the world of 2019–and imagine how we might solve the problems we’ll face. Because this is about more than just envisioning the future. It’s about making the future, inventing new ways to organize the human race and augment our collective human potential.

Q: What does “superstruct” mean?

Superstruct´ v. t. 1.To build over or upon another structure; to erect upon a foundation.

Superstructing is what humans do. We build new structures on old structures. We build media on top of language and communication networks. We build communities on top of family structures. We build corporations on top of platforms for manufacturing, marketing, and distribution. Superstructing has allowed us to survive in the past and it will help us survive the super-threats.

Q: Who can play Superstruct?

Everyone! The more players, the better the collective forecast.

Q: How do I play Superstruct?

A: Superstruct is played on forums, blogs, videos, wikis, and other familiar online spaces. We show you the world as it might look in 2019. You show us what it’s like to live there. Bring what you know and who you know, and we’ll all figure out how to make 2019 a world we want to live in.

Q: Who is making Superstruct?

A: Superstruct is being developed by the Ten-Year Forecast team at the Institute for the Future, a not-for-profit think tank based in Palo Alto, California. Project leads include Ten Year Forecast director Kathi Vian, blogger and futurist Jamais Cascio, and game designer Jane McGonigal.

Q: When can I play Superstruct?

A: The game starts September 22, 2008, and it will last for six weeks. Email now to receive an alert when Superstruct launches.

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One Comment on “Gaming the future”

  1. Peter Reiner Says:

    Funny that you should post this at this time. Nature has a piece this week in which they interview a number of individuals about what the world will look like in ten years time ( It will be interesting to compare the results from these ‘experts’ with those that arise from the integrated wisdom of the game players.

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