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The fate of the world hangs in the balance as Ant Man actor and comedian Paul Rudd plays quantum chess against physicist Stephen Hawking in this hilarious educational video.

Humanity is doomed unless the bumbling actor can learn the ins-and-outs of quantum physics — and chess — to defeat the scientist who is arguably the world’s greatest living physicist.

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To make it even more surreal, actor Keanu Reeves narrates the historic, scientific clash of minds in the video below.

NASA, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Pope Francis, and President Obama are among those who weigh in, as each supposedly live Tweets the historic match. And Alex Winter, who played Bill to Reeves’ Ted in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” makes a cameo.

Quantum chess is a real game invented by Canadian physicist Selim Akl to put humans and computers on a level playing field when it comes to chess. Both people and machines have the same difficulty of dealing with the scientific weirdness of quantum mechanics.

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The video aims to show that “Anyone Can Quantum” — an effort by the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter at Caltech to blend science and entertainment in a way to make physics more accessible to everyone.

(WATCH the video from IQIM Caltech below) — Photo: IQIM Caltech

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