Life in a simulation


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Carter Larson, Staff Writer

¨Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?¨ -Morpheus, The Matrix (1999).


With our world becoming more and more technologically advanced we are beginning to craft virtual worlds that are almost indistinguishable from reality. Elon Musk believes that “The odds that we are in based reality is one in billions, which means that he believes that we are one of those simulations that we are trying to create ourselves.” 


An example Musks gives the game pong, how at first it was a fairly simple game, and has now developed and is more advanced.


Musk isn’t the only scientist to discover and converse about this. Philosopher Nick Bostrom has a compelling argument that we could be living in a simulation, scientists like Musk and Bostrom and started thinking about experiments to see if we are living in a simulation. They want to discover what the constraints of the simulation might be.


“I believe we could be, you never know” says Bre Farr. For many that is the argument, where is the evidence that we are not in a simulation. There are semi-valid arguments for both sides of this theory, semi-valid meaning that us being in a simulation or us being based reality could be true.


One of the arguments that has come up is that this theory has only been around as long as computers have been around. Even AI (artificial intelligence) had advanced only in the past 10 years. 


Our world has become more and more technologically advanced in the past 50 years, so why now do these theories come up once our games and tech become more advanced. Video games are very similar to our world and lives, we have our beginning (the lowest level) then as time goes on we advance, learn, and become more skilled at surviving. 


There are arguments for both sides, but which is true. So the question is are you going to wake up; or stay among “reality”