The FuturICT project was a proposal before the European science community to blend social science, complexity theory, and information/communication technologies (ICT) to better understand society and work on global problems. It is a fascinating project but was beat out by two other large science projects: studying the brain and an intensive research program into graphene applications.
The Obama Administration has also started a major brain study project but I believe that the U.S. could also fund a major study into FuturICT considering that much of the innovation in ICT came from the U.S. I would appreciate if you would consider signing the petition and passing it around if you are interested. Thank you.
2) Office of Technology Assessment - http://www.princeton.edu/~ota/