Do you think we’re living in a simulation? The simulation hypothesis or simulation theory proposes that all of reality, including the Earth and the universe, is in fact an artificial simulation, most likely a computer simulation. Some versions rely on the development of a simulated reality, a proposed technology that would seem realistic enough to convince its inhabitants the simulation was real. There is a long philosophical and scientific history to the underlying thesis that reality is an illusion. One of the more notable movie franchises about this was the blockbuster The Matrix, starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne. That was pretty a very dystopian view of our future, but it sure was chock full of awesome Kung Fu and slow-motion bullet dodging mayhem.
High-profile proponents of what’s known as the “simulation hypothesis” include SpaceX chief Elon Musk, who recently expounded on the idea during an interview for a popular podcast. “If you assume any rate of improvement at all, games will eventually be indistinguishable from reality,” Musk said before concluding, “We’re most likely in a simulation.” Even famous Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson agrees, giving “better than 50-50 odds” that the simulation hypothesis is correct. “I wish I could summon a strong argument against it, but I can find none,” he told NBC News MACH in an email.
For those that don’t believe we have a choice between a red or blue pill, you may think the idea of a simulation is a little far fetched or detached from reality. You take life for what it is. You may be one of those people that finds themselves saying “that’s life” from time to time.
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