port of mars
Port of Mars is a pilot project of the Interplanetary Initiative.
Port of Mars is a rehearsal for the future
Some of the hardest problems in space exploration aren't technological. They’re social.
How can we best sustain healthy human communities in space?
To find answers, we're engaging the public in the scientific process. Our method is play.
Port of Mars is a game.
Players are citizens of Mars charged with working together to provide for the sustained welfare of the community.
All player actions are tracked and analyzed. Researchers examine what behaviors worked, and what failed. Each instance of gameplay is a simulation, a modeling exercise for future human communities in space.
Port of Mars team (abridged):
“The future” is not a name for something that is particularly likely to happen. It is a movie we project onto the vast, vague screen of our collective imagination. It is a theatre in which we stage the visionary dramas of our brightest dreams, and our darkest fears.