We Live in a Simulation
By Atharva Shanbhag
You’re not real.
Your dad, mom, brother, sister, and friends are all not real too.
They and you are just a stream of 1s and 0s inputted into a computer file.
As you read this article online somewhere coded by 1s and 0s, you’ll find yourself no different apart from a programmed conscience, courtesy of the science operating your world.
Are we living in a simulation or is this the true reality?
First let’s establish base reality:
Base reality is the true reality, the one where real people, real objects and real worlds are. So, imagine that in the Real Milky Way there truly was a Big Bang and humans evolved from animals. They evolved millennia past us. They had the same religions, same people and maybe even you were in that world.
Now think about this.
40 years ago, these were our video games
And now compare that to what we have today
The growth in our computing technology has happened at such a high rate and from this point on, technology will just keep growing more and more.
We have gone from hitting a ball back and forth to simulating our own little worlds in less than 50 years and, in the timeframe of our existence, 50 years is a miniscule amount of time.
So, assuming that humans will continue living for thousands and thousands of years, imagine how advanced the technology will become.
At some point, our technology will become so advanced that our computers may be able to replicate free will, which means that non-player characters within a game will be so advanced that they will make their own decisions, have emotions, and be able to touch and feel things.
This would be the equivalent of them having their own mind, granting them the ability to think for themselves. Once that happens, the game or simulation becomes their reality, and that’s all they would know and so they would have no way of knowing that they are living in a world that doesn’t even exist.
And if we create sustainable enough sims and they continue to advance, the idea of a simulated world wouldn’t be invented yet, so eventually they would run programs and create another simulated world.
And then that world would do the same thing and it would keep going and each nested simulation would have no idea that their world doesn’t physically exist.
So then what about us?
Are we the 1 true reality that hasn’t created simulations yet?
Or are we one of the trillions of simulations that were created after its invention?
Here’s an excerpt from Elon Musk:
“if you assume any rate of improvement at all then the games will become indistinguishable from reality…we're clearly on a trajectory to have games that are indistinguishable from reality...they would probably be you know billions of such you know computers or set-top boxes it would seem to follow that the odds that we're in base reality is one in billions”
Elon Musk believes that the chance we’re in base reality is one in billions if you assume that we will be able to have games that are indistinguishable from reality
So if Elon Musk also believes that there is a one in 109 chance that we’re living in base reality, then how far-fetched is it to come to the conclusion that we live in a simulation?
In 50 years we went from Pong, a game of two paddles and one pixel ball, to Fortnite, a photorealistic simulation game. Imagine how far we will expand in our technology in a millenium.
Essentially, if you believe that technology will continue to transform into superior simulations and that we will be able to create our own simulated world, then you must ask yourself:
How do you know that our world isn't simulated and that you’re real?
Are you truly existing or are you just a pawn in a crazy scientist’s simulation of the world?