Echoing a paper by philosopher Nick Bostrom, Elon Musk thinks there is a good chance humankind is living in a simulated reality.
The general idea of our reality boils down to three possibilities — humans go extinct before we are able to run a simulation of this size, humans choose not to run ancestor simulations, or we are currently participating in such a simulation. According to Musk, “There’s a one in billions chance we’re in base reality.”
Or, The Matrix was real.
Resources and Links
- Nick Bostrom’s paper, Are You Living In A Computer Simulation?
- Nick Bostrom’s homepage
- Vox’s cartoon about Elon Musk‘s ideas about why we are almost certainly living in a simulation
- The Matrix on IMDb