In an interview with Vox, computer scientist Rizwan Work argued that the world could make more sense if we lived in a world of information than a physical world. An MIT professor said he believes it is “more likely than not” that we live in a somewhat simulated universe, not least because we are not far from being able to create hyper-realistic simulations on our own.
“There are many mysteries in physics that can be better explained by the assumption of simulation than by the assumption of any element,” he told Vox. “I think we have a very good chance. In reality, we survive the simulation, although we can’t say it with 100% confidence. But there is a lot of evidence that points in that direction.”
The 2003 paper by Nick Bostrom’s “Are You Living in Computer Simulation?” .The imagination of scientists and the public are held together. The idea that we live in a computer simulation is not new and has been the subject of science fiction and philosophical theory for years. In short, the argument goes like this:
If people survive and technology continues to evolve, we will reach a stage where our civilization has a lot of computing power. With this power, we will probably be able to run a huge number of simulations of our ancestors using the tiniest fraction of the computer power available to us. Given this fact, Bostom suggests that there are three possibilities for how the future will go and one of them must be true.
Fractions of post-post-civilization interested in conducting pre-male simulations are very close to zero.
He suggested that as soon as we are able to run simulations, there should be significant changes in society, where no one has the resources to run simulations, or in any other case, running simulations is prohibited, such as fake people themselves due to policy concerns.
Fractions of human-level civilizations reach a stage where they are able to run these simulations very close to zero.
This means that our world is real, but we will probably be wiped out before we reach a stage where we have this kind of computational power, a delightful thought.
Fractions of all individuals are very close to one another with our kind of experience surviving in simulation.
If the other two are not true, it means that most people with our kind of experience are imitated by future advanced civilizations, and only in a real world where all simulations are happening. It is therefore possible that we are much more into simulations than in the real world.
Elon Musk does not live in a universe that mimics our extinction by a billion. While this may seem like a far cry from the mainstream, a number of people have come up with the theory. Musk said last year, “The strongest argument for us to have simulations, probably to have a simulation is as follows: 40 years ago, we had pong, two rectangles, and a dot.”
Work also believes that, based on his experience in computing, there will come a point where people will be able to create a simulation so highly-realistic that it may differ from the reality you are noticing now. In his simulation hypothesis book, he has to take 10 stages of human laid before he gets there.
“Games were like that. Now 40 years later we have a photorealistic 3D simulation with millions of people playing together and it’s getting better every year. And soon we will have virtual reality, augmented reality, games that will be different from reality if you take the rate of improvement. ” “We’re in about five steps, which show us how to render these things without putting our glasses on the six stages around virtual reality and augmented reality and show us that 3D printers can now print 3D pixel objects.” Most objects can be broken down into data,” He told Vox. “My idea is that in a few decades to 100 years from now, we will reach the simulation point.”