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  • 'Gaming could be an antidote to a world where jobs have been automated' - Improbable CEO

    11/03/2017 9:48:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Tech World ^ | November 3, 2017 | Scott Carey
    The CEO of London startup Improbable spoke about the possibility of virtual worlds and gaming being an antidote to a world where jobs have been automated. Herman Narula, the co-founder and CEO of Improbable Worlds Limited, a London startup building the infrastructure for massive virtual worlds to be developed, says that "gaming could be an antidote to a world where jobs have been automated". While speaking at Wired Live in London yesterday the CEO directly referenced science fiction from The Matrix, author William Gibson and Ernest Cline’s 2011 novel Ready Player One. It is this last reference which seems the...
  • Physicists find we’re not living in a computer simulation

    10/04/2017 5:12:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 67 replies
    Cosmos Magazine ^ | October 2, 2017 | Andrew Masterson
    Just in case it’s been weighing on your mind, you can relax now. A team of theoretical physicists from Oxford University in the UK has shown that life and reality cannot be merely simulations generated by a massive extraterrestrial computer. The finding – an unexpectedly definite one – arose from the discovery of a novel link between gravitational anomalies and computational complexity.
  • Did the Oscars Just Prove That We Are Living in a Computer Simulation? (Also Trump won)

    02/28/2017 1:13:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The New Yorker | February 27, 2017 | Adam Gopnik
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  • Yearlong Mars Simulation Nears End on Mauna Loa

    08/23/2016 11:54:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    Six scientists are close to wrapping up a year of near isolation in a Mars simulation on a Hawaii mountain. The scientists are housed in a dome on Mauna Loa and can go outside only in spacesuits, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported. They manage limited resources while conducting research and working to avoid personal conflicts. Communication is delayed the 20 minutes, the length it would take to relay messages from Mars. Kim Binsted, principal investigator for the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, said this simulation is the second-longest of its kind after a mission that lasted 520 days in Russia....
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks there's a 'very high' chance the universe is just a simulation

    04/24/2016 7:20:50 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/22/2016 | Kevin Loria
    We trust the scientists around us to have the best grasp on how the world actually works. So at this year's 2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate at the American Museum of Natural History, which addressed the question of whether the universe is a simulation, the answers from some panelists may be more comforting than the responses from others. Physicist Lisa Randall, for example, said that she thought the odds that the universe isn't "real" are so low as to be "effectively zero." A satisfying answer for those who don't want to sit there puzzling out what it would mean for...
  • Spoiler Alert: People With No Firearms Training Get Killed In Self-Defense Simulator

    08/02/2015 10:38:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 96 replies ^ | August 2, 2015 | Matt Vespa
    Okay. I mean, this shouldn’t be a shocker, but people who have no firearms training didn’t survive the firearms training simulator located at Prince George's County Police Department in Maryland. Another non-surprise is that police officers did well; though some might add that concealed carry holders spend more time at the range than police officers. Regardless, the Washington Post  reported on how determining life and death situations–and when to use deadly force–is difficult; something that any gun owner, or person with common sense, would already know: [A] new study from researchers at Mount St. Mary's University sheds some light on why people...
  • Simulation of space debris orbiting Earth

    06/27/2015 8:59:24 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 51 replies
  • Lexus video teases a 'real' magnetic hoverboard

    06/24/2015 2:21:57 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 12 replies ^ | 06-23-2015 | by Richard Lawler
    Yes, we know - it's 2015, the year Marty jumped to in Back to the Future 2 and you still don't have a hoverboard. Right on time, Lexus has presented the latest example from its "Amazing in Motion" series of video spectacles: the Lexus Hoverboard. As you can see in the video after the break, it certainly appears to hover, and smoke, but no one actually hops on the magnetically-levitating device for a ride. Gizmodo heard from the carmaker that this project has been in development over the last 18 months, but couldn't get more specific info on how it...
  • Feds Spend $356,337 on ‘Simulation Facility’ to Study How People Cross the Road

    02/24/2014 12:56:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies ^ | February 21, 2014 | Melanie Hunter
    ( – The National Science Foundation has awarded a $356,337 grant to the University of Iowa to use virtual technology to study social influences on risky cycling and pedestrian behavior. “This project will create a simulation facility that will advance a capability to study the social interactions of two children, or a child and parent, as the two people walk or bicycle across a traffic-filled roadway,” the grant announcement said. It will “expand existing infrastructure” at the university “to build a new simulator that matches a recently installed simulator at the same institution, which will permit each of two experimental...
  • Do we live in a computer simulation? How to test the idea.

    12/13/2012 6:21:49 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 26 replies
    KurzweilAINetwork ^ | December 13, 2012
    The concept that we could possibly be living in a computer simulation comes from a 2003 paper published in Philosophical Quarterly by Nick Bostrom, a philosophy professor at the University of Oxford. With current limitations and trends in computing, it will be decades before researchers will be able to run even primitive simulations of the universe. But a University of Washington team has suggested tests that can be performed now, or in the near future, that could resolve the question. Currently, supercomputers using a technique called lattice quantum chromodynamics (LQC), and starting from the fundamental physical laws that govern the universe, can...
  • Do we live in a computer simulation? UW researchers say idea can be tested

    12/11/2012 8:54:00 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 58 replies
    University of Washington ^ | 12/10/12 | Vince Stricherz
    A decade ago, a British philosopher put forth the notion that the universe we live in might in fact be a computer simulation run by our descendants. While that seems far-fetched, perhaps even incomprehensible, a team of physicists at the University of Washington has come up with a potential test to see if the idea holds water. The concept that current humanity could possibly be living in a computer simulation comes from a 2003 paper published in Philosophical Quarterly by Nick Bostrom, a philosophy professor at the University of Oxford. In the paper, he argued that at least one of...
  • US takes back supercomputing crown with world's fastest computer

    06/18/2012 8:12:23 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 22 replies ^ | 6/18/12 | FoxNews
    A U.S. supercomputer has won back the crown in the never-ending battle for the world's most powerful supercomputer. Its victory is the latest milestone marking the steady climb of computing power all across the globe. The Top500 industry list gave its No. 1 ranking to the Sequoia supercomputer housed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California — a spot earned by Sequoia's ability to crunch 16.32 quadrillion calculations per second (16.32 petaflops/s). Such supercomputing power is used by the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration to simulate nuclear weapons tests for older weapons that have been sitting in the U.S. arsenal....
  • Australian Committee Hearing Reveals Details of F-35 Performance in Wargame

    03/14/2012 8:29:39 PM PDT · by U-238 · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Defense Aerospace ^ | 3/14/2012 | Defense Aerospace
    The Australian Parliament’s Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has just released a transcript of a Feb. 7, 2012 hearing during which it took evidence on the F-35 program by noted opponents of the program, representing the Air Power Australia think-tank and a private computer simulation firm, RepSim Pty Ltd. Part of the hearing describes the outcome of a famous – but disputed – simulation of F-18E and F-35 fighters engaging in combat against Chinese air force fighters carried out by the Rand Corporation. The outcome is even more disastrous for the Western fighters than previously reported.
  • Iowa Caucus Results (What we learned)

    01/05/2012 3:44:32 PM PST · by parksstp · 3 replies
    Parksstp ^ | 2012-01-05 | parksstp
    For those that were wondering how my predicted simulation worked out, it was okay if you switched Gingrich and Santorum's numbers for the most part, moved Bachmann to where Santorum was and bump Paul up more. I've done some analysis on the results. I was in the process of doing a county-by-county note update, but after 30 counties of 99, it's taking too damn long. So I'll just get to the basics: As for accuracy, it seems I know the people of Davis County like Rush knows his glorious naked body /sarc. It was my most accurate projection county-wise though...
  • Simulate the economy online

    07/27/2010 4:54:40 AM PDT · by tjbandrowsky · 2 replies
    Mightyware ^ | 7/27/2010 | TJ Bandrowsky
    I've put up a free economic simulation engine online that lets you analyze and compare the effects of various economic changes against a baseline. The idea is to attempt to illustrate how macro economic changes actually effect people. Raise and lower taxes, fuel prices, introduce real estate and food pricing bubbles, sin taxes, carbon taxes, and more, and see how the effects of these all play out against various demographics of low, medium and high income. You can see how much less or more cash at the end of five years each demographic has to spend, how many more payments,...
  • Largest Supercomputers to Simulate Life on Earth, Including Economies and Whole Societies

    06/06/2010 9:41:03 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 26 replies · 317+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 5/28/2010 | ScienceDaily
    cientists are planning to use the largest supercomputers to simulate life on Earth, including the financial system, economies and whole societies. The project is called "Living Earth Simulator" and part of a huge EU research initiative named FuturIcT. Supercomputers are already being used to explore complex social and economic problems that science can understand in no other way. For example, ETH Zurich's professor for transport engineering Kay Axhausen is simulating the travel activities of all 7.5 Million inhabitants of Switzerland to forecast and mitigate traffic congestion. Other researchers at the ETH -- all working within its Competence Center for Coping...
  • Program debugs nuclear test simulations

    06/03/2010 8:32:24 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 253+ views
    UPI via Space Daily ^ | 6/3/2010 | UPI via Space Daily
    U.S. scientists say they have created an automated program designed to "debug" the nation's nuclear test computer simulations. Purdue University researchers, working with scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, said their program, called AutomaDeD (pronounced like automated), finds errors in computer code for complex "parallel" programs. Because international treaties forbid the detonation of nuclear test weapons, certification is done using complex simulations. The researchers said such simulations, which may contain as many as 100,000 lines of computer code, must accurately show reactions taking place on the scale of milliseconds, or thousandths of a second. "The simulations take several weeks...
  • Exercise in 2009 simulated nuclear attack on U.S., counterstrike

    04/05/2010 7:18:37 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 23 replies · 697+ views
    GeoStrategy Direct ^ | 4/4/2010 | GeoStrategy Direct
    The U.S. Strategic Command last year held one of its largest major exercises simulating a nuclear attack on the United States and a counterstrike involving bombers, ground-based missiles and submarine-launched missiles. Air Force Gen. Kevin Chilton last week told the House Armed Services subcommittee that the exercise was “the most extensive nuclear command, control and communications field exercise in over a decade.” “It demonstrated the full range of nuclear deterrence capabilities by integrating submarine strategic deterrent patrols, more than 90 aircraft sorties, an ICBM test launch, and five days of continuous airborne command-and-control operations,” he said. The exercise, held from...
  • The Simulation-Reality Mismatch

    03/06/2010 9:26:23 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 266+ views
    Air Force Magazine ^ | 3/1/2010 | John Michael Loh
    Manned aircraft will be able to penetrate future advanced defenses. Now somebody tell the simulation gang. Historically, there has been a mismatch between the air combat attrition predictions of analysts’ computer models and the actual attrition experienced in major air campaigns. Simply put, the models have always erred on the pessimistic side. Understanding the sources of this mismatch is important today because many Air Force and Pentagon experts are at it again. This time, they are claiming that even stealthy fifth generation fighters and B-2 bombers cannot penetrate future threat arrays without unacceptable losses. They conclude that the Air Force...
  • Military in Korea Expands Use of Simulations in War Games

    01/26/2010 10:55:45 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 230+ views
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 1/9/2009 | Jude Shea, Lt. Col. Don Willadsen and J. David Lashlee
    More so than in most other places, modeling and simulation are critical to training in Korea. Units in Korea do not have access to live combat training centers such as those found in the United States and Europe. Large-scale maneuver training areas, for example, are limited. Environmental and political restrictions severely limit training and traffic congestion curtails the ability of units to get to training areas. Modeling and simulations are a cost-effective means of overcoming these obstacles. Exercise Key Resolve is an annual training event that is designed to ensure that the Combined Forces Command (CFC) is ready to defend...