Elon Musk: Our Reality Is Actually A Complex Simulation

June 2, 2016

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Man, stuff like this makes my brain hurt. This is a video of Elon Musk discussing the hypothesis (originally proposed by philosopher Nick Bostrom in 2003) that what we know as reality is actually a very complex simulation created by an advanced civilization. He's so convinced this is the case that he says that, "There's a one in billions chance that this is base reality." So basically I'm just a really shitty Sims character. Just a second while I ponder the complete meaninglessness of my life.

He bases this argument on the fact that humanity has experienced amazing technological advancement in the last few decades.


"Forty years ago, you had Pong, like, two rectangles and a dot. That was what games were. Now, 40 years later, we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously, and it's getting better every year (...) If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality."

Well if we really are just living in an some sort of ultra-complex simulation, I have a message for the advanced civilization that's running this little experiment. PULL THE PLUG. Close the program. Just kick the computer off your desk. Yank the hard drive out, whatever it takes to end this. But please, just bring the dinosaurs back for like a week before you do.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to DieselNuts, who's convinced if that meteor hadn't wiped out the dinosaurs that they'd be so advanced that they'd be running reality simulations by now.

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