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Quantum weirdness once again shows we're not living in a computer simulation

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Quantum weirdness once again shows we're not living in a computer simulation

Questions of whether our reality is a simulation of something deeper have kept philosophers and freshmen awake since Plato was a pup. A pair of physicists sleep a lot easier at night now that they've shown that quantum weirdness involving twists in space-time can't conceivably be simulated, adding to a list of problems that The Matrix would have no answer for. Sorry Neo. Theoretical physicists Zohar Ringel and Dmitry Kovrizhin from the University of Oxford and the Hebrew University in Israel found a solid road-block to solving algorithms involving quantum-based Monte Carlo simulations. The short version is, it basically means...

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Are We Living in a Simulation?

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Are We Living in a Simulation?

It turns out I’ve got a few things in common with Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla. We’ve both got Canadian passports, we’re absolutely fascinated by space exploration and believe that humanity’s future is in the stars. Oh, and we’re kind of obsessed at the possibility that we might be living in a computer simulation. In the recent 2016 Code Conference, Elon Musk casually mentioned his fascination with the concept first put forth by the scientist Nick Bostrom. Apparently, Musk has brought up the argument so many times, he’s banned from discussing it in hot tubs. I haven’t...

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Elon Musk thinks we're probably living in a simulation

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Elon Musk thinks we're probably living in a simulation

Is our life a simulation? Elon Musk has thought about this a lot.

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This team is simulating a mission to Mars to understand the high emotional cost of living there

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This team is simulating a mission to Mars to understand the high emotional cost of living there

Holed up in an abandoned volcano quarry with few resources and only limited communication with friends and family, six volunteers are simulating a year long mission to Mars. If NASA wants to land humans on the red planet by the 2030s, it will need to prepare them to handle the isolation of distant outer space, where cargo deliveries will take months to arrive and contact with Earth will be on a time delay of at least several minutes. Now more than halfway through their experiment, the HI-SEAS 4 (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) crew members describe to Quartz in...

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What I’ve learned so far from living in a Mars simulation

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What I’ve learned so far from living in a Mars simulation

I don’t quite remember what it’s like to wake up on Earth. Five months after ‘landing on Mars’, my day begins in a white dome in the middle of a red lava field, and I wonder: do we have enough power to turn on the heat? Will the weather let us suit up and check the greenhouses? Are my air fans going to work? These thoughts circle in my brain as I pad downstairs for that first cup of something warm. The news that awaits me there will be in watts, percentage humidity and degrees Celsius, telling me what happened...

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