Later generations are using the super computers to run detailed simulation of their forebears. We are all just simulations run in this inception called the world. How about that?
The third trilemma of the simulation argument proposed by Nick Bostrom is that the fraction of all people with our kind of experiences that are living in a simulation is very close to one. If it’s true, then we almost certainly live in a simulation.
Its seems quite far fetched, unfathomable even, to think that we are being controlled. That we are part of a video game of an advanced civilization.
We are on a trajectory that has games indistinguishable from reality with virtual reality and augmented reality coming into the picture. All this did seem unthinkable a decade back. What might happen 1000-10,000 years from now?
Elon Musk, “the man from the future” as people call him, believes it to be true. He is also of the opinion that- Arguably we should hope that that’s true, because if civilization stops advancing, that may be due to some calamitous event that erases civilization. So maybe we should be hopeful this is a simulation.
If we really are just a mere simulation, are we being controlled by one person or is there one person for each person? Is it just like a game? Some win some lose? Is this how the concept of happiness and sadness comes into play? Are we a mere play thing for the future generations? The ones controlling us aren’t gods if that’s what you are thinking. They’re just people like you and me using technological advancements to its optimum capacity. We don’t consider ourselves as gods when we program a game and the powers of what the main character can do. Sometimes he wall runs, bathes in lava, uses telepathy, runs at the speed of light etc.
Once you start thinking about it, it intrigues you. Maybe that’s what is the power of the mind. Keep asking for something in your mind every day and the gamer in the future brings it to reality. Irony keeps hitting us from everywhere. Underestimate someone and they turn out to be better than the rest.
Most of us remember that T20 match against Bangladesh when we got 3 wickets in 3 balls to seize the match while they required just two runs in 3 balls. It makes one wonder whether it was all scripted in the future.
When Harrison Ford, our adored Indiana jones had to crash land his plane due to engine failure. He survived with minor injuries.
Vladimir Lenin survived being shot twice before he set in motion the rise of Joseph Stalin and 74 years of communist rule in Russia that would affect the world for almost an entirety of the 20th century. Had he been killed the world might have been a very different place.
Queen Victoria evaded seven assassination attempts. The first attempt was very significant because she was pregnant with her first child. Her later grandsons, King George V, Kaiser Wilhelm II, and Tsar Nicholas II would not have been born and the outcome of world war I would be entirely different, perhaps not occurring at all.
Kublai Khan grandson of Genghis khan, after assembling an enormous fleet of ships to reach Japan, Khan set out first in 1274 when, per legend, a typhoon destroyed his fleet. This didn’t go unnoticed by the Japanese when Khan returned in 1281 to make a second attempt, only to lose his second fleet in a second typhoon.
Well Itachi Uchiha knew it, “People live their lives bound by what they accept as correct and true… that is how they define reality. But what does it mean to be correct or true? Merely vague concepts… their reality may all be a mirage.’’
One creepy thought that comes to mind is what if the server of the super computer fails? or catches a glitch. Oops and kaboom!
If the vague simulation hypothesis is true. A very strong argument would be that those super intelligent minds controlling us made a mistake. We know there is someone controlling us even if it is a vague theory, but assuming it to be true. I don’t think Prince of Persia knew that he is being simulated to fight Dahaka. The fear for his life in his mind was real. So, how are we aware of the fact? Maybe the programmer made some slips. Some laws of physics weren’t right. Or maybe the programmer wanted us to know. He created a backdoor just in case.
Some researchers think they could find experimental evidence that we are living in a computer game. One idea is that the programmers might cut corners to make the simulation easier to run. Yet proving the opposite that we are not in a simulation might be harder because any proof we get might in fact be a figment of the simulation itself.