Are we living in the Matrix? A posthuman future has never been easier to imagine. Elon Musk created news a couple of weeks ago when he told an audience at Recode that he believes we are probably characters in some advanced civilization’s video game:
It’s a well thought out argument. While it boggles the mind to believe we are living in a simulation, the odds are stacked against us because of simple math. There are many reasons to believe we are, and will if we aren’t, an people are actively running tests to find out whether or not we are living in a simulation:
It’s a topic that’s been debated for years, and hard to wrap your head around:
Again, there are many reasons to believe we are living a simulated reality. Here are some more:
But there also arguments that counter many assumptions about base reality, such as brains are not computers; so are we really conscious?
Anyway, we decided to discuss this topic with some questions:
- Are we a set of bits on someone else’s computer game?
- How can we prove it?
- How can we know that we’re not living in a simulation?
- Are you ok with knowing that we’re living in a simulation with predetermined outcomes?
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Intro audio is by Arturo Arriaga, outro audio is Candyland by Guy J.