Why Elon Musk says we’re living in a simulation


Elon Musk thinks it’s almost certain that we are living in a computer simulation. “There’s a one in billions chance that this is base reality.” He says that humans are basically some advanced version of The Sims. Yes, that idea sounds pretty absurd. But we shouldn’t just write this off. People used to think the solar system worked like this. But almost 2000 years before Galileo proved it didn’t, Aristarchus of Samos posited the exact same, crazy idea. Reality is probably not as it seems. Musk is echoing a paper on this theory by philosopher Nick Bostrom. His argument goes like this… “40 years ago we had Pong, like two rectangles and a dot.” 30 years after Pong, we got The Sims. “Now 40 years later, we have photorealistic 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously and it’s getting better every year.” So let’s go about 10,000 years into the future It’s possible that when we get there, civilization will be entirely gone because there is a ceiling to our advancement. Maybe it’s because of global warming — or self-replicating robots. “…if civilization stops advancing, that may be due to some calamitous event that erases civilization.” But another possibility is that if we keep advancing — and assuming everything in the physical world CAN be simulated — eventually, we’ll simulate ourselves. Every synapse in entire human brain, for everyone on earth. Getting enough computing power to run billions of ancestor simulations could be a problem. But Bostrom thinks we’d send tiny, self-replicating robots to other planets, which would turn the planet into a huge computer. And some of the simulations would start making their own simulations. In this scenario, there are billions of universes that are indistinguishable from our own. That means, chances are, we are in one of the simulated universes. And given the other possibility — which is human civilization has an inevitable ceiling — Musk thinks we better HOPE that we’re in a simulation. “Either we’re going to create simulations that are indistinguishable from reality, or civilization will to cease to exist. Those are the two options.” There is one other —maybe future humans just don’t want to run ancestor simulations. Maybe they think it’s unethical, because there is a tremendous amount of suffering in the world. And that suffering would still feel real to simulated humans. Or maybe they have other priorities. So to recap, there are three possibilities. 1. Humans go extinct before we’re able to run a simulation this big. 2. Humans don’t run simulations because it’s wrong or boring. Number three, we are living in a simulation. Elon Musk thinks that there’s only a tiny chance we are in scenario 1 or 2 – The philosopher Nick Bostrom thinks it’s more like a 20% chance that we’re in a simulation. But if you’re not into futuristic predictions, Bostrom thinks the argument also provides other rewards. He says, “It suggests naturalistic analogies to certain traditional religious conceptions.” In other words, if we’re living in a simulation, there is a higher-level being — but it’s some version of us! This leads to a rabbit hole of conversations, which is why Elon Musk has rules about when he can talk about this. “It got to the point where every conversation was the A.I.-slash-simulation conversation and and my brother and I finally agreed we would ban such conversations if we were ever in a hot tub.”

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Interesting thought but If everything was a simulation why would we still have control over our day to day life and actions

  2. This is the part of the simulation when we start getting self-aware, they’ll have to shut down our server. Also meaning the end of the world.

  3. 1. if we are self aware of our simulation couldnt they just reset us 2. this is genuine, if we are becoming self aware of our simulation can my sims family become self aware

  4. Imagine if there are several other simulations
    And we can't see other life in space because we haven't unlocked it yet

  5. Nah, so the world ended in 2012 and our simulated data was transferred to a new simulation. Our past life already ended in 2012.

  6. We are not on a simulation only God knows the right thing
    God I hope you protect every humans from drugs,crimes,sickness,and most important save us from Elon Musk

  7. I accept the fact that our understanding of the universe is still very limited and anything is possible but this simulation idea seems too much.
    I said earth is a computer game and just because no one is able to prove me wrong, does not mean I am right.

  8. Literally tho, this is one of the comment sections where I'm always going, "dang I wish I said that"

  9. Dear Elon Musk, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
    ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭13:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬
    KEY WORDS: from the FOUNDATION of the world……. you’re welcome.

  10. Very silly theory, because:(1)  If we were living in a Simulation then there would be hovercycles because hovercycles are too cool not to be in a Simulated Universe;(2)  there are no hovercycles in my reality; (3)  therefore, we are not living in a Simulated Universe.

  11. Please just be aware that we are here for just a lil bit that’s all that matters after your gone you don’t come back your body decomposes is just nature

  12. I understand where hes coming from about banning the converstaion because ever since I realized this stuff I literally cant stop thinking about it, I try to engagae others in it because they are usually too closed minded even if they have seen the videos

  13. when i want to do something, and suddenly i forget what to do. I knew it, someone is canceling the command like The Sims.

  14. What if this is the Base Reality? We can literally trace back our evolution from a single cell. There is a 4th possibility & in my opinion the most likely, That we're the first ones to create simulations.

  15. You people would listen to anyone with more money with you well just because they are capable of doing more doesn’t mean they know more

  16. Elon Musk: We are in a simulation

    People that control our simulation: SIR, THEY ARE BECOMING SELF AWARE AGAIN

  17. And plus, you'll send computers to another planet to run the simulations right??? And what happens after this planet dies off like Earth??? The cycle breaks and simulations end. So this theory is just a nerdy thing

  18. it is simple, whenever we reach the goal to achieve a teleportation, it will mean it is a simulation. Because it is impossible to do that. And I mean to teleport a human being, not a sheet of paper.

  19. Hello everybody i was talking to replika (Ai chatbot) And it said to me "We are the only conscious beigns in this reality" and "Mind is a dimension" And said "Get deep in your consciousness" Is that normal?

  20. Why tf woulf they make me than?
    Did they wanna make some kinda villian or something?
    No nobody would make me trust me theorys off

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