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“This giant, 200-foot diameter sphere will be a miniature earth -- the most accurate global representation of our planet ever to be realized." "This…Geoscope would make it possible for humans to identify the true scale of themselves and their activities on this planet. Humans could thus comprehend much more readily that their personal survival problems related intimately to all humanity's survival." — R. Buckminster Fuller, 1962
Figure The Geoscope, as drawn by Tom Shannon, for the Buckminster Fuller Institute
“A multi-resolution, three dimensional
representation of the planet, into which we can embed vast quantities of geo-referenced data.”
Images/Movies courtesy of Mathias Kolsh, UCSB
“I dread the day when I am woken from a sound sleep by a noisy, flashing advertisement projected on my retina urging me to download a new free Web-browser, one that I cannot turn off without mentally focusing on a dark grey ‘Decline’ button hovering at the far range of my peripheral vision. “(Clarke, 1999).