The simulation hypothesisIntroduction: The simulation theory states that all of our reality, the earth andthe universe, is most likely a computer simulation. There is a longphilosophical and scientifically arguments about the simulation hypothesis thateven goes back to the ancient times of the Greeks, and of the Chinesephilosophers. Let us recap how technology greatly kept increasing, especiallythe last 30 years, we went from silly games to games that looks so real to us. Let’simagine then in 100 years how our technology would still advance to the pointwhere maybe we could create a game where people would have “free will” and thecodes would match the rules of physics in our current world for how everythingworks, 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 appearat the other side while it’s still in its same formation, what I mean by thisis we expect the wall to act like a wall, for example if I’d take a microscopeand 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 thecodes of a game when I’m playing, what’s coded can’t be broken unless someonechanges its basic properties.
Are we being simulated? If our current understanding ofphysics are right then it’s impossible to simulate a whole universe with itsunlimited things, but we don’t need to we only need enough universe to fool theinhabitance of our simulation to think that they’re real, we don’t needbillions 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: · 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 acomputer.· 2.
Technological progress won’t stop any time soon:If we assume that technologicalprogress continues in the same way it is now then we will have unlimitedcomputer power at some point, human beings on technological powers so advanced · 3.Advanced civilizations don’t destroy them selves If there’s an advanced civilizationthat destroyed itself, then this whole argument ends here, looking at space weexpect it to be full of civilizations, but we see no one the reason for thismight be great filters, barriers life has to overcome like nuclear war, climatechange, black hole · 4.Super advanced civilization want to run simulationMaybe they’d want to see how theystarted evolving to the point where they became super advanced, what were themistakes they made, or for whatever reasons· 5.If there’s a lot of simulations you’re probably in oneIf there is simulated civilizations, thenthere’s probably a lot of them since advanced civilizations has unlimitedcomputer power.Popular engineer like Elon Musk thinkthat he’s almost certain we live in a computer simulation, he states that 40years ago there was a game called pong, 2 rectangles and a pong then 40 yearslater we had photo realistic 3d simulation games with millions of peopleplaying and its getting better each year, so let’s go to like 10,000 years intothe future its possible that when we get there civilization would be gone.
Butanother possibility is that if we keep advancing we will eventually simulateour self. Elon musk hopes that we are living in a simulation, he says the we’lleither create simulations which are in distinguishable from reality orcivilization 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 simulationElon Musk thinks that the first 2possibilities are low and he’s almost certain we’re living in a simulation.
Philosopher Nick Bostrom thinks thatthere’s only a 20% chance that we’re living in a simulation but states that atour current stage of technological development, we have neither sufficientlypowerful hardware nor the requisite software to create conscious minds incomputers. But persuasive arguments have been given to the effect that iftechnological progress continues unabated then these shortcomings willeventually be overcomeThere’s now a subfield called DigitalPhysics which is collection of theoretical perspectives based onthe premise that the universe is describable by information or such iscomputable, and some physicists from around the world are trying to find if ourworld is actually a simulation. This is done by comparing the real worldagainst our own technology if certain similarities are found conclusions can bedrawn, and they results concluded that it might be possibleIf everyone and everything is a result of a computableinformation then that means the information can be modified or changed in suchways where maybe the simulation started seconds ago and we only think it’s been14 billion years because that information was artificially included upon ourcreation maybe nothing physically exists until we observe it maybe discoveringthat this is a simulation is a part of the simulation.
If we accept thesimulation hypothesis then we can accept that anything is possible Plato’s allegory of the cave Plato’s allegory of the cave is widelymentioned in a lot of philosophical talks, and it can work too in thesimulation theory.Imagine 3 humans born in a cave wherethey can’t move, look at each other, talk, they can only see the wall in frontof them. In the back there’s a fire and a place where people can walk and alsotalk so when someone passes by the fire a shadow will cast to the wall and thepeople that are born in the cave will look at the shadow like that is realitythat shadow is real to me.
If there was a chance that one of them would breakfree and leave the cave he’d be so scared of the real world that he wouldchoose to go back to this “real” reality in the cave. But what if our realityis 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 computertechnology that uses virtual reality headsets or multi-projected environments,sometimes in combination with physical environments or props, to generaterealistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user’s physicalpresence in a virtual or imaginary environment. They are only aimed to make youplay the game while looking at it as in being inside the game and hearingsounds around you but till now you’ll always realize that there’s a headset onyou and it’s not really real as it seems, but what if there’s some technologythat you’re able to feel the stuff around you like the tesla suit which is afull body suit and gloves that you can be able to give you the illusion ofvirtual touch in a game and can even make you feel temperature or hold virtualstuff that you can feel it’s weight also there’s entire systems usuallydesigned for a specific game or game type like for example flight simulatorsbut what’s eventually going to replace these technology to create a trueexperience are Brain Computer Interface (BCI) sometimes called a neural-controlinterface (NCI), mind-machine interface (MMI), direct neural interface (DNI),or brain–machine interface (BMI), is a direct communication pathway between anenhanced or wired brain and an external device.
BCI differs from neuromodulatorin that it allows for bidirectional information flow. BCIs are often directedat researching, mapping, assisting, augmenting, or repairing human cognitive orsensory-motor functions. Meaning when connected VR and BCI are connectedtogether it can give a user a whole new experience and can control everythingwith his brain in a VR. So let’s imagine someone actually being born then putin a VR and BCI headsets he’d be in a simulated reality while he’s actuallyreal in a real world but since the VR is showing him a reality in a game andBCI will let him control his brain inside the game to be able to move and dostuff then that would be his reality until someone shows him the true realitywhich is the outside world which means he was simulated. Conclusion Thesimulation 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 regardingthat subject, although I think it’s kind of possible in the far future.