Metaphysics & Psychology
Musk: 'We are probably living in a simulation'
By T.K. Randall
September 10, 2018 · 223 comments
How real is reality ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Glogger / Chris Aimone
The SpaceX CEO continues to maintain that the world we see is nothing more than a computer simulation.
What if we told you that the world you live in isn't real ? It might sound like a concept straight out of the Keanu Reeves science fiction favorite 'The Matrix', but according to some of the world's top minds, the idea that we are living inside a sophisticated computer simulation is not only possible, it may actually be more likely than the idea that we are living in the real world.
During a recent interview on Joe Rogan's popular podcast, "The Joe Rogan Experience", SpaceX CEO and technology entrepreneur Elon Musk reiterated his own belief that it is more likely than not that we are living in a simulated universe.
"If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then games will be indistinguishable from reality, or civilization will end. One of those two things will occur," he said.
"Therefore, we are most likely in a simulation, because we exist."
"I think most likely - this is just about probability - there are many, many simulations. You might as well call them reality, or you could call them multiverse."
Why would we choose to build and exist within a simulated reality ? Perhaps the artificial world in which we live is simply far more engaging and interesting than whatever true 'reality' happens to be.
There may even be simulated universes within other simulated universes - resulting in an 'Inception'-like scenario in which we are living within one of a whole series of nested realities.
Then again, perhaps it is the 'real' universe we are living in after all.
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