What is real?

What connects “Rene Descartes”, the Renaissance Philosopher with Nick Bostrom,the 21st Century Scientist?

It’s the notion of Simulated Reality.

Simulated reality is the hypothesis that reality could be simulated—for example by quantum computer simulation—to a degree indistinguishable from “true” reality.

Nick Bostrom,the Philosopher has dealt with this logic that the world we might be living in is actually a simulation.

This seems to be a nightmarish situation straight from the cult film The Matrix,isn’t it?

Well,in this case there are convincing arguments on both sides of the claim.

According to Bostrum, at least one of the following statements is very likely to be true:

  1. Human civilization is unlikely to reach a level of technological maturity capable of producing simulated realities or such simulations are physically impossible to construct.

  2. A comparable civilization reaching aforementioned technological status will likely not produce a significant number of simulated realities.

  3. Any entities with our general set of experiences are almost certainly living in a simulation.

4.We are living in a reality in which post-humans haven’t developed yet and we are actually living in reality.

The very fact that we’ve made replicas,if not exact of “Worlds” in our video games and we’ve simulated our Solar System(see Universe Sandbox), speaks volumes about the technological advancement humans might someday attain.

Universe Sandbox


There are also counter-arguments to this fact. The sheer amount of memory and processing power needed to simulate an entire Universe is exceedingly high.This theory also doesn’t account for the fact that till now, we haven’t got any solid experimental proofs of this fact.

So,are we really living in a simulation? This question is still open to debate and it might well take years before we could reach a desirable conclusion.



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