You are a Simulation & Physics Can Prove It: George The Snowden files -- the inside story 1 day ago   19:27

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Astrophysicist, cosmologist and Nobel Prize winner George Smoot studies the cosmic microwave background radiation — the afterglow of the Big Bang. His pioneering research into deep space and time is uncovering the structure of the universe itself. He has also made a cameo appearance (as himself) in an episode of the 'Big Bang Theory.'

George Smoot looks into the farthest reaches of space to the oldest objects in the known universe: fluctuations in the remnants of creation. Using data collected from satellites such as COBE and WMAP, scanning the cosmic microwave background radiation (a relic of the heat unleashed after the Big Bang), he probes the shape of the universe. In 1992 he and his Berkeley team discovered that the universe, once thought to be smooth and uniform at the largest scale, is actually anisotropic — or varied and lumpy. Smoot continues to investigate of the structure of the universe at the University of California at Berkeley, mapping billions of galaxies and filaments of dark matter in hope of uncovering the secrets of the universe's origins.


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When you think of reasons of making such simulations, the one we hear about is ancestor simulation. But it could be also that some "alien" civilization comes across a tomb world and based on their archeological finding run a simulation.
Daren Brett
Terrible presentation by a person who has no idea what he is talkjng about.
that's actually really cool that the brains nueronal network can be mapped. It'a amazing
Ryan Hutton
This guy was the worst ive seen.
I can't tell if he is over-simplifying or is just not well informed about how computers work. Even if we could map perfectly our brain and "download" it into a computer, so what? It would exist as a bunch of ones and zeroes sitting RAM until some program began executing some code that was tasked with reading it into memory and then doing something with that data. But the CPU can only retrieve machine code instructions and execute them and the result of those executions will always be the rearrangement of the on/off states of some number of transistors. Where is the consciousness? There will only ever be some small number of instructions being executed by the CPU at any given moment. The rest of your downloaded "brain" is just sitting on the hard drive or in RAM - not connected to each other at all. It takes a person outside of the computer watching and interpreting the output of a computer program to attach any meaning to it.
Gaz Lee
If I hit this guy over the head with an axe, he would soon realise he is not a sim.
M Pezant
Fcuk the maths .. smoke D.M.T
VeeXaal Paudel
If we are simulated then why the simulators gave us freedom of thinking about simulation
If you agree then reply
Sandra Viknander
I think if a proof exist to dismiss this or theories like this, you would look at irrational numbers, infinities and memory. A simple reasoning, that in no way is a proof, would go like this; we know that irrational numbers are unending and there are an infinite number of them. Yet all digits are within all irrational numbers are accessible within the simulation so how would you store that information within a computational system? One way would be to store all irrational numbers as a specific type that represents all digits. However that would take up an infinite amount of memory/storage so it would not work. Another way to do it is to store an algorithm for each irrational numeber that can be used to compute all the digits for each number. But this would not work either because this would also require an infinite storage capacity , thus it would not work.

The obvious counter argument would be that may be not all digits of all irrational numbers are accessible in the simulation. But then a brain scan how ever detailed is not the same as consciousness, demonstrated by the research done on some worms where the brain of which have been mapped for over 30 years and we still does not know how it works with only 100 neutrons.
Tj Cook
Not enough preparation.
this guy should stick to science and not speaking. he's not a very good communicator, maybe not even a very good scientist.
John Petersen
Physics can prove no such thing.
zzzZZZZ .. Right out of the gate You lost me with your lack of confidence .. I felt like I should reach in and try to convince You lol
David h
He sucks as a speaker!
hvd iv
if im a puppet for some higher power just s it can learn im going to be pissed and give that higher power a piece of my mind.
Marla Sartain
once i enhaled too much gasoline vapors i went on a trip where i was the center of the universe what was i experiencing?
Ron van der Horst
Blackholes are nought save figments of mathematical imagination.
Though filaments are ubiquitous throughout the universe, all the evidence points to them being electrically shaped plasma filaments- not imagined dark matter. Can Smoot defend the so-called big bangs so-called period of inflation? Can anyone? No. One would have an easier time defending God...
Smoot is a high priest of nonsense.
I long thought Pelosi is a hologram. BUHAWAAA!
Load of shite
I think he spent to much time trying to be funny than getting his point across.
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The Snowden files -- the inside story You are a Simulation & Physics Can Prove It: George 1 day ago   18:57

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. "We now know, thanks to Edward Snowden- that all of us, Greek citizens, Brits, Americans are being spied and that all of our data - whether its text messages, selfies, G-allocation data from our iphones that we carry around with us - is being collected. Luke thinks that Snowden has done the world a great service by revealing this and thinks it’s got profound implications for democracy – and for all of us – for anyone who uses Facebook or Google or downloads videos from Youtube and so on.
So that’s the big picture. On a micro level what we can do about this as citizens?"

Luke Harding is a journalist, writer and award-winning correspondent with the Guardian. He has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and covered wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Ukraine. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian's Moscow bureau chief. The Kremlin expelled him from the country in the first case of its kind since the Cold War.
His latest book "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man" was published in February by Guardian Faber. In June Oliver Stone bought film rights. Luke is the author of three previous non-fiction books. They are "The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitken" (1997), nominated for the Orwell Prize; and "WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy" (2011), both written with David Leigh. The screen rights to Wikileaks were sold to Hollywood and the film, "The Fifth Estate", starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Bruhl, came out in 2013. "Mafia State: How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia" appeared in 2011. His books have been translated into 20 languages.

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