There's a 50-50 chance we're living in a simulation, Thespians create new musical collaborations with TikTok's duet feature

By Bert on 14 October 2020

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There's a 50-50 chance we're living in a simulation

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In 2003, University of Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom presented a mathematical argument that we are likely living inside a computer simulation created by some future intelligence. He argues that The day we invent that simulation technology, it flips the odds from a little bit better than 50–50 that we are real to almost certainly we are not real, according to these calculations," Kipping told Scientific American. Read more.

Thespians create new musical collaborations with TikTok's duet feature

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Theaters are still closed in a lot of countries, but musical fans can find amazing new performances on TikTok! Creators have been riffing off each other on TikTok using its Duet feature to create new original pieces. Once a creator posts a TikTok, the original is followed by several duets that each take the song in a unique direction. From there the duet can stay as it is or grow into a multipart masterpiece with each new singer adding a different aspect to the song. Read more.

3 Unexpected Lessons From the ‘Dreams’ TikTok

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On Sept. 25, Nathan Apodaca took a ride on Nathan Apodaca longboard, casually sipping a jug of Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry juice and lip-syncing to Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams. The resulting video and mood it evoked took the internet by storm, garnering 28.7 million views on TikTok and inspiring copycat videos from everyday people and celebs. So, what can brands learn about social marketing from a moment like this? Adweek shares some insights and thoughts. Read more.

Back-to-School Takes On A New Meaning For Snapchatters

A majority of US Snapchatters who are in school (84%) report that their schooling has changed this year due to Covid-19, moving at least partially to remote learning.While it isn’t surprising that this trend is being repeated around the globe, the magnitude of this shift is remarkable. Majorities in virtually all countries—88% in Brazil, 85% in India, 67% in Spain, and 62% in Norway—are having a new, new school year experience.2 Words and phrases like “online school” and “at home” were popping up in conversation among Snapchatters as they prepared to start school this year.3 This shift to remote learning is emerging as a unifying moment for Snapchatters around the globe. Read more.

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