Since Matrix, the idea of humanity being governed by another force, another civilization, has passed through our minds. Eventually, we let it go away because we couldn’t prove it. Now, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, believes we should hope to be living in a simulation, if we care at all about our future as a society #todaymagic
At the recent Recode Conference, Musk argued that the moment we’re able to create realistic simulations, the moment games will become indistinguishable from reality, we will understand that the same thing could have happened to us – we could have been a construct of someone else’s imagination and advanced technology. At the rhytm technology is advancing now, we could be closer to this realization than we imagine.
Just 40 years ago, said Musk, we were creating basic videos such as Pong. Now, we’re making 3D simulations, dabbling with VR, AR and mixed reality. “So given that we’re clearly on a trajectory to have games that are indistinguishable from reality,” he added, “and those games could be played on any set-top box or on a PC or whatever, and there would probably be billions of such computers or set-top boxes, it would seem to follow that the odds that we’re in base reality is one in billions.”
Is he saying we’re probably living in the Matrix? Yep. If you think about it, his reasoning is almost flawless. And makes us hope he’s right. Because if we will be unable to keep advancing at the same rate or faster, if some sort of calamity happens and humanity doesn’t reach that threshold, then this civilization is doomed.
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