Nvidia launches Earth 2 and goes to war against climate change

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Nvidia’s big GTC conference was held last week. This event has gotten more and more interesting over the years, with less and less emphasis on Nvidia’s GPU business, which makes me wonder if it’s time to change the name.

While Facebook has certainly sparked a lot of interest with its name change to Meta, Nvidia builds much of the infrastructure needed to create the metaverse. One of the most important efforts was mentioned at the end of Jensen Huang’s keynote, the creation of a new world.

Nvidia is building a focused supercomputer with the task of creating Ground 2, a comprehensive simulation of the global 3D metaverse of the Earth to predict climate change more accurately. We need a better model of the planet because existing models are incomplete and give rise to inaccurate predictions.

To combat something as nebulous as climate change, you need to understand it thoroughly and Earth 2 has the potential to be the most powerful weapon in the fight to slow climate change. This advanced model will provide a much more accurate classification of causes. It can then help devise solutions and model remedies to determine the most significant positive impact for the least amount of money of all alternatives.

Let’s talk about Earth 2 this week. We will therefore conclude with my product of the week, a new workstation service from HP that potentially opens up the development of the metaverse to everyone.

Nvidia GTC

If there is one event that I look forward to every year, it is GTC. Nvidia uses its technology during the event and there is always at least one surprise. This year Nvidia not only built CEO Jensen Huang’s kitchen using the Omniverse tool, but they also built their latest office building and once again made me want to have access to this type of resource to make my wallpapers. virtual as impressive as Huang’s.

You can’t really say these things are rendered. The textures feel natural, the shadows and lighting feel real, and it’s only when the virtual stage is digitally deconstructed, taking you to a background grid just out of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, that you have your “wow” moment. “.

This year’s GTC was all about the metaverse and applied AI, and the show didn’t disappoint. Presentations included demonstrating level 4 autonomous driving using a modified Mercedes, several robotics demonstrations, and the promise of an accurate digital assistant who could finally do what Cortana does in the “Halo” game. However, they used what looked like an alien baby in an egg. Personally I would prefer more than a Cortana character.

Nvidia talked about efforts that would allow us to virtually explore the dark side of the moon, monitoring and fighting pollution from space, artificial intelligence predictive models that could predict the future, advances that tackle global hunger, artificial intelligence in hospitals resulting in more accurate and timely diagnoses, LED walls that could turn buildings into virtual events, AI for writing books and making music, and notable advances in realistic avatars for remote meetings.

All of this was surprising, but at the end of his talk, Huang said Nvidia was building a unique supercomputer that would create Earth 2, a completely accurate simulation of the planet’s ecosystem.

Ground 2

None of the existing models of climate change are very accurate. They are extrapolations of a limited set of environmental figures that are never complete and therefore cannot generate anything close to the detail needed to predict our future and potentially correct the problem.

Most foresee a bleak future. But, as they lack accuracy, using them to drive behavioral changes wasn’t ideal. Things they cannot capture, such as the ability of clouds to block sunlight and heat, or the collapse of the upper atmosphere, are not included and these things could have a huge impact on the expected timing.


This impact suggests that predictive models aren’t even close to telling us what we need to know. When these predictions evaporate, people are wary of science and scientists, which is problematic if you want people to change their behavior.

But let’s assume you can use Omniverse to create a true digital twin of Earth. With such a tool, you could build accurate predictive models and test the remedies suggested in the resulting simulation to decide which would be the most effective for the money.

You could travel the world through upcoming changes, and their predictions would gain in accuracy as various elements were added to the model. More importantly, we would have a clear idea of ​​when critical events would occur that could cause the process to dramatically escalate, increasing the urgency in our conservation efforts and focusing those efforts on the things that could prevent these potentially catastrophic outcomes.

Creating digital twins of ourselves

Eventually, Terra 2 should be populated. Ideally it would be populated by us digital twins. While on Earth 2, they should die like us, but nothing says they should stay dead. Once those virtual people transition from the Earth 2 model, they could end up in the Earth 3 afterlife. There they would be free to visit the digital twins of our loved ones who have died and have them as a resource for help and advice.

Each potential afterlife could be created to meet the needs of the respective person, or they would be frozen in time until such time as an heir or researcher needed them. They could eventually be copied and implanted into robotic bodies for space exploration or create a human population of robots living in very hostile environments. This future race could become our legacy, lasting long after the sun goes out.

Even if it’s some free time, there is something I think would be even more interesting; we could shape our future lives.

Shaping our future

I saw a recent episode of the “Fantasy Island” series when it returned for a season a couple of years ago. One of the episodes was about a young woman who couldn’t decide between marrying her current boyfriend or letting her parents fix her up with a wealthy doctor.

Through the television magic of “Fantasy Island” she explored both paths in life, only to find that neither of them was ideal for her, and her path to true happiness was opening and running a restaurant and staying single for a lot of time.

Our lives are mostly unplanned events that guide us towards a future that we cannot imagine when we are children. But if we could imagine our alternative futures, we could shape our lives, figure out which future we would like best, and then focus on creating that future. Our educational, relationship and work experiences could be optimized with respect to our ideal future, a future designed with our unique needs in mind.

With a plan, we would have a much higher chance of not only achieving a better future, but also enjoying the path to that future.

Another exciting thing eventually becomes possible: what-if analysis. What if I had chosen a different specialty, married a different person, decided to have children or not, or had chosen a different career? What different gift would it be?

While you may think it is interesting but useless, what you learn could be used to improve the predictive accuracy of the tool and help it learn how to qualify results based on personalities, as well as improve the tool’s ability to estimate how your personality is. and your priorities will change over time. You see, the future that we might think is ideal at 18 may not be the same future that we think is ideal at 40 or 50.

Conclusion: building a better world

The world currently advances somewhat haphazardly. Huge numbers of people, governments and systems interact over time to create a future that we cannot predict and that we often don’t like.

But what if we could predict the future based on our planned actions and then see how various choices could improve or detract from that future? Of course, we should ensure that this prediction was impartial and as accurate as possible instead of a fiction created to benefit a country, industry or individual. However, with a fully simulated Earth, we can avoid our worst decisions by modeling the outcome based on enormous levels of analysis.

In addition, the entertainment options open up: for example, a digital “Westworld” or “Jurassic Park” becomes possible and creates alternate worlds that could favor Hobbits, Harry Potter-like wizards or even the Avengers. We may even find our way to digital immortality.

Nvidia’s GTC gives me a taste of what’s to come, which is why I never miss this conference. What is coming will be a fantastic metaverse experience that could protect the planet and give us a path to virtual worlds that we can only imagine today.

Rob Enderle Tech Product of the Week

Z by HP Workstation Omniverse Linux-based collaborative CAS

Let’s say you want to participate in this global effort to create Earth 2. You will need a powerful workstation, software licenses, and help putting it all together.

HP anticipated this need and created a cloud package of virtual workstations running Ubuntu Linux and Windows (for productivity tools), creating a virtual platform for metaverse developers.

Built using Teradici’s CAS (Cloud Access Software) platform (HP has just completed the acquisition of Taradici), this service is an ideal access ramp for those who want to develop for the metaverse but don’t have or don’t want to do the capital investment in hardware that would otherwise require. If you don’t like the job, stop the service. No damage, no deception.

Z of HP Workstation

Z of HP Workstation


The offer is a one-year subscription that includes Teradici CAS, HP ZCentral Software, HP ZCentral Remote Boost Sender and Receiver, HP ZCentral Connect and Support, and an Nvidia Omniverse license. Purchase Z by HP Workstations and you’ll get a similar package of Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL 2) and a three-month Nvidia Omniverse Enterprise license set, plus a trial version of Teradici for up to 50 licenses.

It will take hundreds of thousands of developers to realize not only the planned Earth 2 effort mentioned above, but also all of the alternate worlds of the metaverse, making this a substantial potential long-term opportunity for someone who wants to be at the forefront of what it looks like. be a potentially more significant wave than the Internet.

HP has provided a path to the future that Nvidia and others are attempting to create with their real-time collaboration and co-creation for High Performance Workflow Solutions (RTCCCHPWS?). Despite the scary acronym, whatever it is called, it’s my product of the week.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ECT News Network.

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