It's often quite easy to forget that simulations can transcend the virtual and physically manifest themselves in order to recreate situations or experiences.
Flight simulators are a good example, as they allow people to sit in the cockpit of an aircraft and tangibly interact with the controls and objects found in a real airplane. For this reason, flight simulators are essential for training airline pilots to operate new equipment, adding another layer of safety.
Simulations can be taken to an even higher level, where what's being experienced is actually real. Clive Palmer, an Australian billionaire, aims to do just this by recreating the most famous ocean liner in history – the Titanic.
The history of the project
Titanic II, as it's been named, is an exact replica of the historic vessel which sunk in 1912 after colliding with an iceberg in the North Atlantic. Several companies have attempted to create such a replica, with most falling through in the funding stages.
Clive Palmer is making progress, however, and has already conducted model tests and cabin plans.
An accurate simulation
What sets Titanic II apart from other simulation projects is the planned attention to detail. The vessel will include living quarters as seen on the original ship, with different classes depending on price.
If finished, and there is certainly an air doubt around the project, those willing to pay would be able to get a taste for exactly what life was like 100 years ago, by travelling on a replica of a historic ship.
For now, testing is still ongoing, with a tentative launch date of 2016. At this stage it's unknown whether the vessel will ever be able to complete the voyage it's ancestor set out on during the month of April in 1912.