Are we living in a simulation? There is only one way to test it

(ORDO NEWS) — Oxford University philosopher and mathematician Nick Bostrom is considered the father of the modern “reality simulation” hypothesis.

In his 2003 study, Bostrom stated that our reality is a computer simulation created by a highly advanced civilization.

Columbia University astronomer David Kipping, in studying this concept, paid special attention to three aspects (better known as the “Bostrom trilemma”), each of which is capable of being an independent scenario of reality:

  • Usually civilizations self-destruct before they have the opportunity to create a simulation of reality
  • Advanced civilizations are not interested in creating simulations of reality
  • We are almost certainly living inside a computer simulation

Bostrom explained that at least one of the three statements must be true. This is quite logical.

Kipping combined the first two assumptions because they lead to the same result – we are not living inside a simulation. Thus, the probability that we live in a computer simulation was 50%.

“I’m not leaning towards either statement, but I’m trying to organize the data I’m working with,” Kipping explained.

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Let’s look into the near future

If one day the day comes when humanity can create a simulation of reality, even if it is rather crooked and sloppy, then the probability that we ourselves are in a simulation will already be more than 50%.

This is explained by the “matryoshka principle” considered by Bostrom and Kipping.

“The more different realities are built into the simulation, the more powerful the computer must be, responsible for the performance of such a “matryoshka”.

However, the further the “simulation characters” descend into the “rabbit hole”, the less power they need to create their own simulations.

Are we living in a simulation There is only one way to test it

Suppose, to create the most reliable reality, we will use the principle of quantum superpositions (“the picture of reality” will exist only at the moment when it has an observer), which will significantly save computational resources.

If this approach proves to be effective, and the generated simulation looks very reliable, then we, by observing the simulation from the outside, can try to find “failures in the own matrix”.

In addition, it is likely that the characters in the simulation we created will at some point in time also think about the unreality of what is happening and try to start creating their own simulations.

At this point, the “rabbit hole” will become even deeper, and our conclusions about the unreality of what is happening will receive convincing evidence.

Today it is impossible to prove or disprove such claims. If we create our own simulation before civilizational collapse occurs, then most likely we are living in a simulation that someone else has also created.

Given the speed with which virtual reality technologies have burst into our lives, we are already a few steps away from creating parallel realities.


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