Cassandra ’72
“Kasandra”, Evelyn De Morgan, 1898. Photo in public domain

Cassandra ’72

Were the Predictions of World3 Accurate?
Łukasz Kaniewski
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The year 1972 saw a number of extraordinary events in the history of computer technology. Atari launched its first popular computer game, Pong. Intel released an eight-bit processor known as 8008. Evan Williams, one of the founders of Twitter, was born. What else? Perhaps the fact that following a week of tedious calculations, World3, a program developed by MIT scientists, came to the conclusion


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