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Is the world we see an ontology constructed with real matter, or is it just a fantasy created by computers?
In 2016, Tesla founder musk made amazing remarks, saying that the probability of human living in the real world is only one in a billion.
The classic cyberpunk work matrix depicts a shocking world: human beings are controlled by computers, rely on data lines, survive in the virtual world created by computers, and believe in its authenticity.
In the following 20 years, people continued to think and explore the real and virtual. Some people think this is just an exaggeration that works in a film; Others believe that what the film reflects is reality.
Nick bostrum, a philosopher at Oxford University, put forward the idea of simulation hypothesis in a paper entitled "do we live in computer simulation?" published in 2003.
He believes that the space-time of the universe in which we live may be simulated by computers made by some high-dimensional creatures. In the paper, bostrum believes that if we reach the "post-human" stage, human civilization may evolve or create some program to adapt to the space-time of the computer universe, so as to simulate past events and reconstruct the lifestyle of ancient ancestors, and even have the ability to create billions of simulation environments.
MIT researcher Rizwan Virk firmly believes in the view put forward by Nick bostrum, and also believes that human beings live in computer simulation. He believes that this possibility is as high as 50% - 100%.
In his newly published book "simulation hypothesis", he further explored this idea and even studied how long it would take to join human beings to build their own simulation of the real world by using existing technologies.
In an interview with digital trends, the technology media, Virk said that everything around us, including the earth and the universe, is part of a very complex MMORPG game (massively multiplayer online role-playing game), and we are all players of the game.
This idea is a bit like another movie "the number one player".
Virk proposed two hypotheses. One possibility is that we humans are AI, running in a virtual system on someone's computer; Another possibility is that we are a character in the game.
As the role of the game, our consciousness will exist outside the simulation system in the form of God's perspective, and we will substitute ourselves into the role's world. This feeling is like eating chicken, king, battlefield and other similar games. There will be a sense of substitution when playing.
Virk believes that every player in the game needs to know what the goal of the game is. Just as we are playing a real PRG game, some people pursue rapid customs clearance; Some people seek to pass the customs without injury; Some people pursue to play is the heartbeat
Everyone has his own unique task, and can freely choose whether to go up the ladder or drill the sewer next.
Virk's theoretical basis is the "quantum theory" of resurrection of dead heroes in complex 4. In an interview with Vox, Virk mentioned "quantum uncertainty", or "particles are in one of many states". Unless you observe a particle, you don't know what it is. 'in fact, we don't understand our reality at all, and I think we are more likely to be in some kind of simulation world,' he said.
So when can we reach the so-called "post human" stage of bostrum and create our own simulated reality? Virk's answer is: a total of 10 rounds of scientific and technological development are needed, and we are in the fifth round, that is, the stage of virtual reality and augmented reality.
From the fifth round to the tenth round, Virk believes that it will only take up to 100 years.
As for whether Virk's statement can be realized, I'm afraid we won't have a chance to see it in person. But this topic is very worth discussing. Our technology makes virtual reality more and more close to reality. Will our next generation, next generation and next generation really live in virtual reality? Welcome to leave a message for discussion!