There is a 20% Chance We Are Living in a Simulation

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    Sep 08, 2012 4:49 PM GMT
    According to a NY Times writer, "...mathematically we are almost certainly living in one of those simulations now"

    http://tierneylab.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/08/13/even-if-life-is-but-a-computer-simulation/

    Some other thought exercises lead to believe that in the next few decades, the possibility of AI to take over the universe and begin creating its own "simulated" or "virtual" world is not an impossibility

    http://www.cracked.com/article_15243_the-next-25-years-video-games_p1.html

    Do you agree with this forecast for the future of the human race?
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    Sep 08, 2012 8:54 PM GMT
    Interesting, but stupid. Any article that has a need to refer to "MySpace," is sincerely lame and out of touch with reality.
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    Sep 08, 2012 8:57 PM GMT
    There is a 95% chance the author is in a college dorm watching the Matrix and totally getting high.
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    Sep 08, 2012 8:58 PM GMT
    Stuttershock saidThere is a 95% chance the author is in a college dorm watching the Matrix and totally getting high.


    +1
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    Sep 08, 2012 9:12 PM GMT
    leviticii saidAccording to a NY Times writer, "...mathematically we are almost certainly living in one of those simulations now"

    http://tierneylab.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/08/13/even-if-life-is-but-a-computer-simulation/

    Some other thought exercises lead to believe that in the next few decades, the possibility of AI to take over the universe and begin creating its own "simulated" or "virtual" world is not an impossibility

    http://www.cracked.com/article_15243_the-next-25-years-video-games_p1.html

    Do you agree with this forecast for the future of the human race?


    THERE IS NO SPOON
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    Sep 08, 2012 9:13 PM GMT
    Stuttershock saidThere is a 95% chance the author is in a college dorm watching the Matrix and totally getting high.


    Nailed it!
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    Sep 08, 2012 9:16 PM GMT
    this is why no one pays attention to oxford
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    Sep 08, 2012 9:19 PM GMT
    Stuttershock saidThere is a 95% chance the author is in a college dorm watching the Matrix and totally getting high.


    indeed... good movie still icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 08, 2012 10:15 PM GMT
    I guess it's a question of Infinite Recess.
    If we are a simulation of some superior post-human race, then how can it be proved that they aren't a product of even a higher race of beings, ad infinitum?
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    Sep 08, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    NotThatOld saidI guess it's a question of Infinite Recess.
    If we are a simulation of some superior post-human race, then how can it be proved that they aren't a product of even a higher race of beings, ad infinitum?


    i think you meant to say infinite regress
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    Sep 08, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    Yet more proof that philosophers are useless. The useful kind of philosophers are called "scientists".
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    Sep 08, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    Blackguy4you said
    NotThatOld saidI guess it's a question of Infinite Recess.
    If we are a simulation of some superior post-human race, then how can it be proved that they aren't a product of even a higher race of beings, ad infinitum?


    i think you meant to say infinite regress


    Infinite Regress is what I meant.

    Thanks for the correction, I appreciate that.
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    Sep 08, 2012 10:34 PM GMT
    Like the old idea that God means the mankind of the future
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    Sep 08, 2012 10:46 PM GMT
    rodo saidLike the old idea that God means the mankind of the future


    You're referring to the Omega Point hypothesis of Jesuit Teilhard de Chardin.

    The only utility that idea has ever had, for my purposes, is as an inspiration for interesting fiction [see The Hyperion Cantos].
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    Sep 08, 2012 11:00 PM GMT
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    rodo saidLike the old idea that God means the mankind of the future


    You're referring to the Omega Point hypothesis of Jesuit Teilhard de Chardin.

    The only utility that idea has ever had, for my purposes, is as an inspiration for interesting fiction [see The Hyperion Cantos].


    The hyperion cantos were a fun read.
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    Sep 08, 2012 11:01 PM GMT
    NotThatOld said
    Blackguy4you said
    NotThatOld saidI guess it's a question of Infinite Recess.
    If we are a simulation of some superior post-human race, then how can it be proved that they aren't a product of even a higher race of beings, ad infinitum?


    i think you meant to say infinite regress


    Infinite Regress is what I meant.

    Thanks for the correction, I appreciate that.


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    Sep 08, 2012 11:02 PM GMT
    100% chance we all gonna die...icon_sad.gif
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    Sep 08, 2012 11:14 PM GMT
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    Sep 09, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    I think the future of humanity is less likely to be creating virtual worlds or simulations in the universe, and more likely to be centered on cleaning up the mess that the world seems to be heading into with all the stupidity that most of the world can't seem to cut its addiction from. i.e. religious madness.

    Most of this does seem to be centered around a black hole called the middle east; the gift which keeps on giving.

    If however this world IS a simulation, I'm not impressed. Whoever is in charge of it is either an idiot or has an awful sense of humor.

  • FredMG

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    Sep 09, 2012 1:34 AM GMT
    sounds like a load of paranoid bollox to me.
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    Sep 09, 2012 1:35 AM GMT
    FredPDX saidsounds like a load of paranoid bollox to me.

    I'll gladly take your bolloxes over this simulated reality... icon_twisted.gif
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    Sep 09, 2012 3:48 AM GMT
    synestheticxserenade saidTHERE IS NO SPOON

    SHIT I just got ice cream!
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    Sep 09, 2012 4:45 AM GMT
    There's a 30% chance that it's already raining.
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    Sep 09, 2012 4:55 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    Stuttershock saidThere is a 95% chance the author is in a college dorm watching the Matrix and totally getting high.


    +1


    +2
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    Sep 09, 2012 4:56 AM GMT
    lilTanker said
    synestheticxserenade saidTHERE IS NO SPOON

    SHIT I just got ice cream!


    THERE IS NO ICE CREAM