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Musk: 'We are probably living in a simulation'

By T.K. Randall
September 10, 2018 · Comment icon 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.

Source: Space.com | Comments (223)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #214 Posted by sci-nerd 4 years ago
I don't think that any future man-made simulation technology, that you could be "plugged into" would be able to imprison a persons consciousness.
Comment icon #215 Posted by danydandan 4 years ago
Apparently it's doing now according to you! But anyways, you didn't really answer my question.
Comment icon #216 Posted by sci-nerd 4 years ago
Nope. I'm a part of the simulation. Not plugged into it. Yes I'd give it a shot. This world sucks! Hard to imagine that anything could be more silly, biased and ignorant than this world.
Comment icon #217 Posted by danydandan 4 years ago
You don't know how, why or what purpose this 'simulation' has, thus your as likely to plugged in than not. Once you unplug, you'll know the experiences gone through were fake, would you be happy with that? I would not.
Comment icon #218 Posted by Rlyeh 4 years ago
Probably not.
Comment icon #219 Posted by sci-nerd 4 years ago
True, but if I'm plugged in, so is everybody else, and I find it unlikely that over 7 billion people "out there" are attached to the same machine. It's much more likely that we all are a part of it. That would be a pleasant surprise! My first reaction would be: So all that absurd sh!t was fake? Thank goodness!  Btw: If I can't call "the simulation model" a hypothesis, then we'll need a new name for string theory as well. That's also unfalsifiable. 
Comment icon #220 Posted by danydandan 4 years ago
I certainly agree with the string theory bit.  
Comment icon #221 Posted by Jon the frog 4 years ago
So if it's a simulation, someone know the cheat code ?
Comment icon #222 Posted by Dejarma 4 years ago
  Yep.... A stupid analogy if I may be so bold: someone claims to have seen bigfoot bashing a tree stump with a stick.. Folk are wondering why- is it playing music or a form of communication?? What is scientifically testable here= @sci-nerd
Comment icon #223 Posted by quiXilver 3 years ago
Our senses are the simulation. Our senses are partial input and are an interpretation, an aproximation, a simulation of that partial input of the raw stimulus of absolute reality. We do not perceive the universe as it is. We perceive only the range of frequencies tuned to our senses. Our experience of reality is personal.


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