Are We Living in The Matrix…?

Ok, I’ll grant you this is a bit of a stretch for a Spatial post. However, it does have something to do with Virtual Worlds. Kinda. Sorta. And Metaphysics. Anyway, an article in the science section of the NY Times hypothesizes we might all be living in an “ancestor simulator” that people from the future might have built to see how the past worked. The notion is based upon the belief that it is technologically possible to develop processors so powerful they can mimic human brains and nervous systems perfectly. From a philosophical point of view, I can see where the idea has some merit. From a programmer point of view, I can’t fathom how these hypothetical “posthumans” avoid system crashes…. because EVERY system crashes eventually. Either way, how can you ensure your survival in this sim? According to economist Robin Hansen, it’s pretty simple – “you should try to be as interesting as possible, on the theory that the designer is more likely to keep you around for the next simulation.” That really needs to be a T-Shirt.


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