Are You Real or Are You Living in The Matrix?
December 12, 2006
This interesting essay (linked below) delves into the popular simulation argument -- that humans may be living their thinking lives inside a computer-simulated environment while their bodies are surviving elsewhere.
The argument is as follows. If these two arguments are false:
- There is only a small chance of a species such as ours becoming technologically mature before going extinct
- Few technologically mature civilizations are interested in running computer simulations of minds
Then this argument is true:
- You are almost certainly in a simulation
In other words, if you believe that there are technologically advanced civilizations in the universe who can simulate life and are interested in doing so, then you are almost definitely already living in a simulation.Since one computer simulation could contain billions of people, and each civilization that does this will likely have many such simulations, there are probably more people in simulations than in the real universe. Statistically, you're most likely to be one of them.