The Only Winning Move

Have you ever seen the movie War Games (1983)? The film, which stars Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, John Wood, and Ally Sheedy, follows David Lightman (Broderick), a young hacker who unwittingly accesses a United States military supercomputer programmed to predict and execute nuclear war against the Soviet Union*. At the end of the movie (spoiler alert!), the supercomputer realizes that the many different scenarios (games) involving …

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The Optimism Bias

I am currently reading a book titled "The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain" by Tali Sharot (see below for Amazon link). The Optimism Bias is simply: "our tendency as humans to overestimate the probability of positive events and underestimate the probability of negative events". The author believes that the human brain …

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