Can we be in a computer simulation

(ORDO NEWS) — Philosophers talked about the unreality of the surrounding world in ancient times, but the modern interpretation of this idea was popularized by Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom in 2003.

The concept was then picked up and developed by other scientists, including MIT professor Rizvan Virk, who is the author of the popular book The Simulation Hypothesis.

The simulation hypothesis suggests that the power of computers will continue to grow and one day reach such a level that we will be able to simulate incredibly detailed worlds that will not differ from reality.

Simply put, we will be able to create simulations that will mimic everything that we currently can perceive and measure.

However, such a simulation should not be more complicated than a real model of the Universe, so at some points one would have to resort to simplification.

For example, distant stars in the night sky would be modeled as luminous dots, but as soon as the occupant of the simulation pointed the telescope at them, the distinctive features ( color , size, etc.) would be “loaded”.

Assuming that one day such a simulation will be feasible, it seems inevitable that more than one simulation will be created.

Thus, statistically, this would indicate that we ourselves are in a simulation that someone else created before us.

Even if one day we manage to create such a realistic simulation, it will not rule out the possibility that we are still in the “true” Universe, nor will it rule out the possibility that we created a simulation by living in another simulation that is in another and etc.

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But can we understand that we are in a simulation?

This is unlikely. The thing is that our picture of “reality” will be limited by the possibilities and abilities that the creator of the simulation will lay down (this was discussed above).

Simply put, we do not know any other reality, so even if we are in a simulation, then for us it is the very real reality.

Conclusion: yes, we are probably inside a computer simulation, but we can only benefit from this, since we were created for this “reality”, as it is for us.


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