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Why Doubling the Token Supply Is a Double-Edged Sword.

It is January 28th and SingularityNET (SNET) has announced phase two of their strive for a decentralized AI marketplace. Exciting things are in the pipeline such as making a switch from Ethereum to Cardano and a variety of spin-offs including the much-anticipated SingularityDAO project.

Still, the team is also asking for extra funding. An additional 1,000,000,000 tokens will be minted over a time span of five years if such a move is approved by the majority of the token holders.

So what’s the outlook for the project? If you’re a token holder, should you vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’? Let’s start…

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Let’s Find out Using Simple Math.

It’s January 24th, 2021. The Green Bay Packers are trailing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31:23 in the NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field. It’s 4th and goal-to-go at the eight-yard line. The game clock shows 2:08 minutes remaining in the game. Both teams still have all of their three timeouts available. If you were the head coach, what would you do with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line?

Pretty much everybody would have opted to go for the touchdown. Packers head coach Matt LaFleur settled for a field goal. Was it a solid decision or one of…

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Why the Military Is the Only Hope

On January 20th, Joe Biden became the first illegitimate President of the United States. Given the incredible amount of compelling evidence of widespread and concerted election fraud, there can’t be any doubt about it. Biden and all of those who helped him steal the election committed high treason. And still, didn’t they all get away with it? After all, Donald Trump is no longer President and Joe Biden has been sworn in. Well, turns out it isn’t quite that simple.

Why Didn’t Trump Invoke the Insurrection Act?

Many people expected Donald Trump to invoke the Insurrection Act at some point between January 6th and January 20th and…

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And Still, Some People Will Even Argue When Math Is Against Them…

I’m a German and I really couldn’t care any less about who becomes the next President of the United States. Believe it or not, we have plenty of other pressing issues over here in Europe. Still, the topic of possible election fraud can hardly be avoided because it’s on the news pretty much around the clock.

As a hobby mathematician, I eventually became interested in finding out whether math can help us solve the question of whether there was significant election fraud. Interestingly enough it can! Whether you believe it or not, there is no way in hell to reasonably…

And the Answer Is… 42.

Exponential growth is a funny thing. It starts out real slow and then all of the sudden it shoots up big time. You know all about it, but how would you explain this topic to a fellow at a party?

Doing It the Nerdy Way

You could just grab a napkin and draw a little sketch.

The Most Vivid Explanation Ever

So you finally want to know what these irrational numbers are all about? Good, you’ve come to the right place! This short article will get you up to speed quickly with only a minimal amount of crazy math lingo. A very basic knowledge about fractions and number ranges is all you need to follow along.

An Infinite Map of Numbers

You’ve certainly seen the number line before. It’s a visual representation of where all the numbers live.

How Hippasus of Metapontum ended up being drowned at sea for coming up with a groundbreaking proof.

Ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras and his followers were the first practitioners of modern mathematics. They understood that mathematical facts weren’t laws of nature but could be derived from existing knowledge by means of logical reasoning. But even good old Pythagoras lost it when Hippasus, one of his faithful followers, showed him an incredible proof. His student had just found the first irrational number! Let’s see how it all happened.

How a Monochord Misled the Pythagoreans

A monochord is an ancient musical instrument. It’s somewhat similar to a guitar, but it only has one string. The Pythagoreans used it for a variety of scientific experiments.

A stranger visits a small island. Just before he leaves he makes a single careless statement that triggers a horrible disaster. Read on to learn what happened and why it teaches us an important lesson about logical reasoning.

A small island is inhabited by 100 people. Half of them have blues eyes while the others have a different eye color. None of them ever talks about anything even remotely related to eye colors. They don’t do it because they have a simple rule. All people who gain knowledge of their own eye color have to leave the island forever one day later. In order to avoid such punishment, nobody owns a mirror.

Nothing out of the ordinary happens until a stranger visits the island. The locals inform him about their rule regarding eye colors and he agrees not…

A gang of pirates has found a buried chest full of gold on an abandoned island. The highest-ranked pirate is in charge of distributing the loot. You will see how strictly following the rules of logic would quickly get him overthrown. Even better, it will teach you a crucial technique to solve a lot of complicated-looking math problems.

The problem to solve

Let’s first outline the problem at hand. There is a gang of pirates that currently consists of five members. All pirates are ranked according to their number. This makes pirate number one the current leader while pirate number five has the lowest rank. A treasure map has led them to an abandoned island, and eventually they find a buried chest which contains 100 coins of gold. The leader of the pack is in charge of distributing the loot. However, he can’t simply decide this matter on his own. Let’s take a look at the rules he needs to follow.

  1. The…

Imagine you’re a participant in a game show. The show host lets you pick one of three closed doors. Behind two doors are goats while the other one contains a fancy new car which is the price you would like to take home. The host then opens one of the two doors you didn’t pick and a goat jumps out. You now get a chance to either stick with your initial choice or to switch doors. So should you switch doors or not, or doesn’t it make any difference either way? Read on to learn the mind blowing solution.

The mind blowing solution

If you first want to try to solve the problem on your own, then please do it now and come back to the article later. Otherwise just read on and get ready for a surprise.

Against all intuition, switching doors actually doubles your odds of driving home with a new car. So unless you don’t mind becoming the proud owner of a goat, you should indeed switch to the other door that’s still closed.

Probability theory is full of stunning surprises, but suggesting to switch doors seems to be outright egregious. After all, every one of these three doors has…


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