Scientific leaders in the European Union are planning the Living Earth Simulator, a nervous system for the entire planet.

The Living Earth Simulator plans to simulate everything on the earth in an effort to predict trends and world troubling events before they happen.  Events like epidemics and financial meltdowns.

The EU has pledged 900 million pounds to the project.  Around 30 leading computer science centers worldwide have pledged their support for the project including those in America and Britain.

Project designers believe the current economic crisis could have preempted the disaster had it been in play before the crisis started.

The plan brings to mind the satirically created Deep Thought from The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.  The computer was created to answer the question of everything and took 7.5 million years to do it.