Are we living in a simulation? A conspiracy theory.

* Before we get into it I need to make a few disclaimers:

This blog post and any I make in the future regarding conspiracy theories are JUST conspiracy theories, NOT fact.

This is not intended to hurt any person, company, establishment, etc.

If I come up missing or dead, investigate. *

 

This is my all-time favorite conspiracy theory EVER. Are we living in a computer simulation?

I know it sounds crazy but Elon Musk said there is a 99.9% chance that we’re living in a simulation. Elon Musk is the CEO of Tesla, and an extremely intelligent man. Elon Musk also founded SpaceX which develops and manufactures space launch vehicles, Elon Musks entire goal was to bring people to live on Mars. SpaceX, founded by Musk, ended up putting the first-ever privately funded satellite in space. That is no small feat and for anyone who knows about Elon Musk knows he’s no regular man. SpaceX and Tesla are only a few of the many amazing and world-changing things he’s created.

Elon Musk said, “There’s a billion to one chance that we’re living in base reality.”

Base reality basically meaning that this level one, this is the start, this is all real. A billion to one chance.

Elon Musks theory is basically that 40 years ago we had games like “pong” and now, 40 years later, we have hyper-realistic, massive, online multiplayer games which thousands of people play on simultaneously, so in, say 100 years or 1,000 years, the games will become indistinguishable from reality. Elon Musk says that even if the improvement of these games or this technology were to drop by 1,000 that in 10,000 years it would still be possible. 10,000 years seems like a long time but the Earth is 4.5 billion years old, on an evolutionary scale, 10,000 years is nothing.

Nick Bostrom is another very intelligent man, he is a philosopher at the University of Oxford. Nick, along with Stephen Hawking signed a letter warning about the potential dangers of Artifical Intelligence. Nick Bostrom argues that out of these three statements, one of these is almost certainly to be true:

  1. The fraction of human-level civilizations that reach a posthuman stage is very close to zero;
  2. The fraction of posthuman civilizations that are interested in running ancestor-simulations is very close to zero;
  3. The fraction of all people with our kind of experiences that are living in a simulation is very close to one.

This basically means that either we will completely wipe out human civilization before we’re able to run such simulations, that in the future we will have the technology to run a simulation to see what our ancestors lived like but will have no interest in doing so, or we are currently living in a simulation.

If you think about it, the idea of us having the technology to simulate the entire universe but just being like “eh, don’t really wanna” is HIGHLY unlikely. Think about how virtual reality, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence are currently evolving. We’re clearly interested.

So that leaves us with either we’re currently in a simulation or we’re going to basically go extinct before we have the technology to do so.

The theory goes that people thousands of years in the future figured out the technology to simulate the entire universe and did it. They simulated the entire universe to see how their ancestors lived. That’s us. We’re the simulation from the past that our future selves are looking at.

If we were in a simulation made by people thousands of years in the future, the technology to simulate the entire universe would be so advanced that we would not be able to tell the difference, we wouldn’t be able to differentiate reality and illusion, and in this theory, reality is an illusion and if someone were to try and test it, which they have, wouldn’t the people running the simulation just…. make the results say we’re not living in a simulation?

Maybe the simulation wasn’t run to see how their ancestors lived, maybe the simulation is an experiment.

Maybe the simulation is a video game and when you die, it’s just game over for the person playing the game.

Maybe it’s not a human playing.

 

 

 

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