The simulation

Some highly capable people, such as Elon Musk and Nick Bostrom, believe that we could be living in a simulation. This is to say, that we could be currently living inside a sort of video game, in a server in some higher species’ IT room.

I’m on the fence about it, but the more I think about, the more I think it could be feasable.

The hypothesis goes as follows:

1. We humans have been living for around 200000 years as Homo Sapiens (1).

2. In the last couple of decades, videogames have improved drastically. Just think how far we’ve gone from the first videogames such as PONG to the current VR games, such as Cyberpunk 2077.

3. If we were to expand the current rate of improvement another couple of hundred or thousand years, we could be able to develop something that very much looks like our live.

But is there a way to actually know?

What I am feeling while writing this post seems real but, again, how can I actually know? I’ll keep thinking about it, trying to find out.

The next question though, is what if I am in a simulation? is it relevant? does that make my life less meaningful? If the technology is so advanced that I can no longer distinguish between reality and a simulation… Would I mind living in a computer while my physical body is no longer attached?

Check out Nick Bostrom’s website about this issue.


Hitchens and offense

When Christopher Hitchens wanted to illustrate the want or need of some people to get offended, he told the following anecdote, that may or not be true, but interesting nonetheless.

When Dr. Samuel Johnson, the great lexicographer, compiler of the first dictionary of the English language, had completed it, he was waited upon by various delegations of people to congratulate him, of the nobility, of the quality, of the Commons, of the Lords — and also by a delegation of respectable ladies of London, who tended on him at his Fleet Street lodgings, and congratulated him.
“Dr. Johnson,” they said, “we are delighted to find that you have not included any indecent or obscene words in your dictionary.”
“Ladies,” said Dr. Johnson, “I congratulate you on being able to look them up.”

We will always find ways to get offended even when none are given, and it seems to be getting worse. Since mainly all of our needs are covered, we tend to search for (or make up) issues that can bring us down and fill our time. This is wrong. We sould worry about real issues, not the ones we imagine
in our head.

Here’s the video of the anecdote.