Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Apparently, We All Exist Only in a Computer Simulation in the Future. Bummer.

Isnn't this what 'The Matrix' was all about?
According to Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom, the chances are pretty good that we're currently existing not in the "real world," but instead are a vast computer simulation created by a future, further advanced version of ourselves. Yeah, crazy, I know. Basically, he argues that because computing power will advance to the point where a system could be built that could simulate every brain on earth, future "posthumans" could set up an "ancestor simulator" that would be indistinguishable from real life for the inhabitants.

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