Tag: Chance

A Study Shows There’s a 50% Chance We’re Living in a Simulation

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Photo credit: Yagi Studio – Getty Images

From Popular Mechanics

If real life in 2020 seems like just too much, take comfort in some breaking news: scientists say odds are even that we’re living in a simulation. The coin flip depends a great deal on science we may uncover in the near future, they say.

🤯 The world is f#@!-ing weird. Let’s explore it together.

The 50/50 probability is rounded from a calculation whose outcome is more like 50.22222 to 49.77778. Scientific American cites the landmark 2003 paper “Are We Living in a Computer Simulation?” by philosopher Nick Bostrom. It’s worth reading Bostrom’s brief abstract in full:

“I argue that at least one of the following propositions is true: (1) the human species is very likely to become extinct before reaching a ‘posthuman’ stage; (2) any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of

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Warren Buffett bought Microsoft stock after meeting Bill Gates and made a $37 billion acquisition thanks to a chance encounter. Here are his 10 best quotes from an interview in a new book.



Warren Buffett wearing a suit and tie: Warren Buffett, co-chair of the 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Council, takes part in a panel discussion following a news conference announcing a $20 million partnership to bring Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Small Businesses initiative to the city of Detroit, Michigan, November 26, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook


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Warren Buffett, co-chair of the 10,000 Small Businesses Advisory Council, takes part in a panel discussion following a news conference announcing a $20 million partnership to bring Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses initiative to the city of Detroit, Michigan, November 26, 2013. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

  • Warren Buffett gave investing advice to Bob Woodward, purchased Microsoft stock after meeting Bill Gates, and struck a $37 billion deal thanks to a chance meeting, he told David Rubenstein in “How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers.”
  • The famed investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO also touched on railroads, his annual shareholder letters, his retirement plans, and his company’s future in the interview with the co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group.
  • Scroll down to read Buffett’s 10 best quotes from the discussion.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Warren Buffett gave investing advice to investigative journalist

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Career Technical Education Pathway Gives Students a Chance to be the Expert-on-Call

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — When Learn4Life high schools transitioned to distance learning, distributing laptops and hotspots to all students was fairly easy. The challenge was the increase in requests to the Learn4Life information technology (IT) help desk. The staff had been serving about 2,800 employees with tech problems. Now, the IT help desk needed to respond to 23,000 students as well. So, they turned to their own students in the IT career technical education pathway, building a corps of interns to support fellow students and staff with help desk requests – with great success.

“The program is working remarkably well and we’re so proud of our students,” said Nick Carlson, IT teacher. “Just imagine the confidence boost when a student can solve problems for a teacher or principal and be zealously thanked for it. Especially for many of our at-risk students who come to us

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Last Chance To Grab Nintendo’s Free Switch Jump Rope Game

Back in June, Nintendo released a small, free fitness game on the Switch eShop called Jump Rope Challenge. If you’ve yet to download it, your time to do so is quickly running out, as the game will only be available on the digital storefront until the end of the month.

As the company previously announced, Jump Rope Challenge is being removed from the eShop on September 30. It’s unclear if it will be offered again in the future, so if you’re interested in grabbing it, you should do so before that date.

Jump Rope Challenge
Jump Rope Challenge
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Nintendo says Jump Rope Challenge was “created by a small group of Nintendo developers while working from home in Japan as a simple game to add some quick and fun movement into their daily lives.” The game uses Switch’s Joy-Con controllers to mimic jump rope handles and tracks how many times you’ve virtually jumped rope

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Last Chance To Grab Free Nintendo Switch Jump Rope Game

Back in June, Nintendo released a small, free fitness game on the Switch eShop called Jump Rope Challenge. If you’ve yet to download it, your time to do so is quickly running out, as the game will only be available on the digital storefront until the end of the month.

As the company previously announced, Jump Rope Challenge is being removed from the eShop on September 30. It’s unclear if it will be offered again in the future, so if you’re interested in grabbing it, you should do so before that date.

Jump Rope Challenge
Jump Rope Challenge
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Nintendo says Jump Rope Challenge was “created by a small group of Nintendo developers while working from home in Japan as a simple game to add some quick and fun movement into their daily lives.” The game uses Switch’s Joy-Con controllers to mimic jump rope handles and tracks how many times you’ve virtually jumped rope

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Pandemic offers Tokyo Game Show a chance for reinvention

Once a premier industry event, Tokyo Game Show has been increasingly overshadowed by global competitors in recent years. But as the pandemic forces it online, some see a chance for reinvention.

The exhibition, which opens online from Wednesday, showcases Japanese video games and is still regularly thronged by enthusiastic gamers, attracting over 250,000 people a year since 2013.

But its star has faded in the industry, with most of Japan’s top developers choosing to debut new offerings elsewhere.

“TGS has been on a downward trend in the last 10 to 15 years,” said Serkan Toto, an analyst at Kantan Games in Tokyo.

Part of that is the result of a decline in the dominance of Japanese gaming companies, he told AFP.

TGS began in 1996 and was an unmissable industry event in the early 2000s. But it has seen its leader position increasingly eroded by competition from E3, held in

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Rio-Tinto has the chance to respect indigenous people and not destroy Oak Flat.

In a statement, chairman Simon Thompson vowed that the company would “never again” allow this type of destruction to take place. Rio Tinto has promised to act “in ways that are sensitive and responsive to the values and expectations of Traditional Owners and Indigenous communities.”

The company now has an opportunity to make good on that commitment by preventing the destruction of a site considered sacred by indigenous people here in the United States. Rio Tinto holds controlling interest in Resolution Copper LLC, co-founded with another Anglo-Australian firm, BHP. Resolution Copper is currently developing a mine in southeastern Arizona to exploit one of the world’s largest-known untapped copper deposits. The copper ore lays under a tranquil, high-elevation expanse known as Oak Flat.

To the nearby San Carlos Apache Tribe, Oak Flat is holy ground. There are ancient petroglyphs on some of Oak Flat’s rock walls. In addition to evidence of

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Teen Science Cafe gives teens a chance to talk about science | Ascension

A series of free, out-of-school opportunity to talk with local scientists and engineers about current cutting-edge ideas in science and technology kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday online at the Teen Science Cafe.

Teen Science Cafés are for teens, by teens. A core group of teen leaders, with the committed mentorship of an adult, plan and run the café themselves. They make welcome as diverse of a teen crowd as possible — diverse in ethnicity, culture, gender, and motivations for learning about science. Teen Science Cafés are not just for the science geeks; they are for all curious teens. Along the way, teen organizers gain a host of leadership skills.

Cafés are typically an hour to an hour-and-a-half long, once per each month during the school year, with an additional Teen Leader planning meeting before each café.

Louisiana’s STEM Café au Lait, is a partnership between River Parishes Community College

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How Innovative Tech Platform IREL8 Is Helping Shatter The Stigma Of Mental Health By Giving People A Chance To Support Each Other

The story of Irel8 begins with one of the cofounders in an emergency room, coding red. What happened next has the potential to change mental health counseling forever.

The mental health pandemic sweeping the world in the wake of COVID-19 is of epic proportions. Depression has skyrocketed; the toll on people worried about their safety and their future is immense.

In addition to the explosion in online telehealth platforms (which I’ve reported on in stories about companies like Talkspace), a crucial part of the solution may come from peer-to-peer communities of support.

One incredibly innovative solution that deserves the spotlight is Irel8 (pronounced “I relate”) which allows anyone to confidentially and anonymously access peer-to-peer support in virtual chat rooms. The platform is ad-free and stores no data about the user, other than an email address. Funded by an extremely low subscription fee ($1 a month), the

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Tonight is your best chance this week to see the space station pass over Pennsylvania

The International Space Station will offer just one good chance for spotting it with the naked eye as it orbits Earth this week, and that best chance comes tonight.

To catch the space station at it moves through the sky over central Pennsylvania look to the west-northwest sky at 7:31 p.m. Monday, September 21. The space station will appear at 45 degrees about the horizon and over the next 4 minutes will rise to a maximum height of 53 degrees before disappearing at 11 degrees above northeast.

NASA explains, “The horizon is at zero degrees, and directly overhead is 90 degrees. If you hold your fist at arm’s length and place your fist resting on the horizon, the top will be about 10 degrees.” Each additional fist-width above the horizon is roughly another 10 degrees of elevation.

NASA doesn’t issue one of its Spot the Station alerts for anything less

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