What if one day you wake up as a character in a video game played by an exponentially advanced civilization? Yes, just like the Matrix.
During the recently held Code Conference 2016 in Ranchos Palos Verdes, California, Elon Musk of Tesla Motors and SpaceX said that there’s a possibility that humans are nothing but living entities in a game created by an advanced civilization.
Musk’s moment was probably one of the highlights of this year’s Code Conference, Vox reported.
To support his claim, Musk presented a rather simplistic analogy. He said that the manner how game and technology, as a whole, evolved in a matter of years. From simple games such as Pong, today’s game technology has rapidly advanced with the entry of virtual and augmented reality.
“If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality, even if that rate of advancement drops by a thousand from what it is now. Then you just say, okay, let’s imagine it’s 10,000 years in the future, which is nothing on the evolutionary scale,” Musk was quoted as saying by Vox.
Speaking of a philosophical point of view, Musk wasn’t the first person to at least recognize that kind of possibility. In fact, in the year 2003, Nick Bostrom, a well-respected professor from Oxford University in London, published a paper supporting his computer simulation claim, which has the same premise as Musk’s, Quartz reported.
One of the main tenets of Bostrom’s theory is that humans may be characters living in a computer simulation. Bostrom, however, noted that there are a few evidences that would support this theory.