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The simulation hypothesis

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The simulation theory states that all of our reality, the earth and
the universe, is most likely a computer simulation. There is a long
philosophical and scientifically arguments about the simulation hypothesis that
even goes back to the ancient times of the Greeks, and of the Chinese
philosophers. Let us recap how technology greatly kept increasing, especially
the last 30 years, we went from silly games to games that looks so real to us. Let’s
imagine then in 100 years how our technology would still advance to the point
where maybe we could create a game where people would have “free will” and the
codes would match the rules of physics in our current world for how everything
works, maybe consciousness is actually created that way. If we think about it,
the whole world is created of similar codes related to computer simulations,
for example if I try to enter through a wall I won’t appear to the other side,
instead I’ll hurt myself and I can’t hack it in any way to enter it and appear
at the other side while it’s still in its same formation, what I mean by this
is we expect the wall to act like a wall, for example if I’d take a microscope
and look at the properties of the wall I’d see the things that made it a wall,
but I don’t go looking at its atom the same way I don’t go looking for the
codes of a game when I’m playing, what’s coded can’t be broken unless someone
changes its basic properties.

Are we being simulated?

 

If our current understanding of
physics are right then it’s impossible to simulate a whole universe with its
unlimited things, but we don’t need to we only need enough universe to fool the
inhabitance of our simulation to think that they’re real, we don’t need
billions of galaxies we only need the space our subjects are allowed to explore.
There are 5 assumptions, and if they’re true we’re living in a simulation:

 

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1.
It is possible to simulate consciousness:

No one knows what consciousness is,
but let’s assume we could generate consciousness by simulating a brain in a
computer.

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2.
Technological progress won’t stop any time soon:

If we assume that technological
progress continues in the same way it is now then we will have unlimited
computer power at some point, human beings on technological powers so advanced

·        
3.
Advanced civilizations don’t destroy them selves

If there’s an advanced civilization
that destroyed itself, then this whole argument ends here, looking at space we
expect it to be full of civilizations, but we see no one the reason for this
might be great filters, barriers life has to overcome like nuclear war, climate
change, black hole

·        
4.
Super advanced civilization want to run simulation

Maybe they’d want to see how they
started evolving to the point where they became super advanced, what were the
mistakes they made, or for whatever reasons

·        
5.
If there’s a lot of simulations you’re probably in one

If there is simulated civilizations, then
there’s probably a lot of them since advanced civilizations has unlimited
computer power.

Popular engineer like Elon Musk think
that he’s almost certain we live in a computer simulation, he states that 40
years ago there was a game called pong, 2 rectangles and a pong then 40 years
later we had photo realistic 3d simulation games with millions of people
playing and its getting better each year, so let’s go to like 10,000 years into
the future its possible that when we get there civilization would be gone. But
another possibility is that if we keep advancing we will eventually simulate
our self. Elon musk hopes that we are living in a simulation, he says the we’ll
either create simulations which are in distinguishable from reality or
civilization will cease to exist.
There are 3 possibilities:

·        
1.
Humans goes extinct before we’ll be able to run simulations that is this big

·        
2.
Humans choose not to run simulations because its wrong or boring

·        
3.
We are living in a simulation

Elon Musk thinks that the first 2
possibilities are low and he’s almost certain we’re living in a simulation.

Philosopher Nick Bostrom thinks that
there’s only a 20% chance that we’re living in a simulation but states that at
our current stage of technological development, we have neither sufficiently
powerful hardware nor the requisite software to create conscious minds in
computers. But persuasive arguments have been given to the effect that if
technological progress continues unabated then these shortcomings will
eventually be overcome

There’s now a subfield called Digital
Physics which is collection of theoretical perspectives based on
the premise that the universe is describable by information or such is
computable, and some physicists from around the world are trying to find if our
world is actually a simulation. This is done by comparing the real world
against our own technology if certain similarities are found conclusions can be
drawn, and they results concluded that it might be possible

If everyone and everything is a result of a computable
information then that means the information can be modified or changed in such
ways where maybe the simulation started seconds ago and we only think it’s been
14 billion years because that information was artificially included upon our
creation maybe nothing physically exists until we observe it maybe discovering
that this is a simulation is a part of the simulation. If we accept the
simulation hypothesis then we can accept that anything is possible

 

Plato’s allegory of the cave

 

Plato’s allegory of the cave is widely
mentioned in a lot of philosophical talks, and it can work too in the
simulation theory.

Imagine 3 humans born in a cave where
they can’t move, look at each other, talk, they can only see the wall in front
of them. In the back there’s a fire and a place where people can walk and also
talk so when someone passes by the fire a shadow will cast to the wall and the
people that are born in the cave will look at the shadow like that is reality
that shadow is real to me. If there was a chance that one of them would break
free and leave the cave he’d be so scared of the real world that he would
choose to go back to this “real” reality in the cave. But what if our reality
is somehow this way what if we believe our reality and our world is the truest,
what if reality is actually more than that or what if our reality was fake.

Virtual reality

 

Virtual reality (VR) is a computer
technology that uses virtual reality headsets or multi-projected environments,
sometimes in combination with physical environments or props, to generate
realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user’s physical
presence in a virtual or imaginary environment. They are only aimed to make you
play the game while looking at it as in being inside the game and hearing
sounds around you but till now you’ll always realize that there’s a headset on
you and it’s not really real as it seems, but what if there’s some technology
that you’re able to feel the stuff around you like the tesla suit which is a
full body suit and gloves that you can be able to give you the illusion of
virtual touch in a game and can even make you feel temperature or hold virtual
stuff that you can feel it’s weight also there’s entire systems usually
designed for a specific game or game type like for example flight simulators
but what’s eventually going to replace these technology to create a true
experience are Brain Computer Interface (BCI) sometimes called a neural-control
interface (NCI), mind-machine interface (MMI), direct neural interface (DNI),
or brain–machine interface (BMI), is a direct communication pathway between an
enhanced or wired brain and an external device. BCI differs from neuromodulator
in that it allows for bidirectional information flow. BCIs are often directed
at researching, mapping, assisting, augmenting, or repairing human cognitive or
sensory-motor functions. Meaning when connected VR and BCI are connected
together it can give a user a whole new experience and can control everything
with his brain in a VR. So let’s imagine someone actually being born then put
in a VR and BCI headsets he’d be in a simulated reality while he’s actually
real in a real world but since the VR is showing him a reality in a game and
BCI will let him control his brain inside the game to be able to move and do
stuff then that would be his reality until someone shows him the true reality
which is the outside world which means he was simulated.

 

Conclusion

 

The
simulation hypothesis is a huge argument between a lot of philosophers and scientists,
I’d like to believe it is true but I have not yet many information regarding
that subject, although I think it’s kind of possible in the far future.