Yes, it's thought provoking all right. However, it's a few years old so I looked for results. I found http://www.wired.com/cloudline/2012/08/5-coolest-gov-cloud-projects/
, which tells us the project went ahead but doesn't say it has achieved much.
And as for applying it to the elimination of suffering, it boils down very quickly to pure behaviourism, as in, "We don't know or care what's actually happening inside you but we know that these
actions and conditions lead to these
IMHO (I can be humble sometimes, if I try really hard
), models are still the way to go, for most of us nearly all the time. They are the stories we tell to reduce messy, overwhelming reality to comprehensible summaries. Like the man said, all of them are wrong but some are (nevertheless) useful.