The tech billionaire is a bit of a mystery given his statements about the odds of living in a simulation, aka, a matrix. For Musk, there’s a billion to one chance that what we think is reality isn’t real after all.
The SpaceX mastermind and Tesla entrepreneur is pretty familiar with Simulation Theory. In fact, the Simulation Hypothesis dovetails perfectly with his futuristic world. After all, he is exploring travel to outer space as we write! A hyperreal computer simulation would be plausible for such an advanced mind.
Pong Could Imply Hyper-Realistic Computer Simulation of Reality
Twitter comments about life simulation and consciousness provoked by Musk, particularly one about “consciousness.” One wanted to know about a reset button for the life simulation the Tesla boss was talking about. Others got into the fray. Another commenter wrote that people spend too much time designing a “fake real world” but only have little time left in the real thing.
The Tesla boss responded to questions, mentioning Pong, the most successful and first ever video game released by Atari upon unsuspecting players way back in 1972. The billionaire went on to say that reality might be a computer simulation. “49 years later, games are photo-realistic 3D worlds. What does that continuing trend imply about our reality?”
We have had ample time to ponder its implications. For Musk, we are on track to fathom virtual worlds indistinguishable from our present reality, complete with super graphics. In fact, there is a hefty billion to one chance that we are already amid a simulation.
Musk said he had read the groundbreaking 2003 article by Oxford philosopher, Nick Bostrom, entitled, Are You Living in a Computer Simulation. Bostrom obviously struck a chord with Musk, a person already in tune with the melodies of the future. He now accepts that advanced simulations for the latest generations are possible through high-level computing.
For Bostrom, it is possible that human minds are not “really” reflective of the race, but of the “actual” race. The odds are this: even one ancient civilization could have created a simulation laden with conscious beings. It would have taken some mighty powerful computer input. But it would have been the jumping off point for later simulations, even billions of them. Musk is 99.99% sure of such a possibility.
Musk’s famous Twitter response reminds us that the Tech Times reported that Musk spoke of humans resembling a civilization in “The Sims” game. He also spoke at a 2020 conference about the improvement rate for modern inventions, especially games. “There will come a time when humans cannot identify reality from the virtual world anymore.” A virtual 3D world would require mixed-reality equipment. In such a computer simulation, we might experience “The Matrix” like projections.
Neuralink Could Make it Happen
A startup like Neuralink, founded by Musk could bring his concept to life with tests on humans to dissect the brain-to-machine connection. The realm of artificial intelligence as it relates to neurological conditions has yet to reveal its mysteries. With a Neuralink chip, a person could stream music just with their brain. Of note, Musk said that an implanted brain chip on a monkey allowed it to play “Pong” on its brain. It’s “not weird at all” to see such a test.
Now we turn to Nir Ziso of The Global Architect Institute, whose theory of Simulation Creationism takes a different tack, albeit not out of line with the older versions of the Simulation Hypothesis and Musk’s comments. While creationism is not a new proposition, Ziso believes that another perspective would reveal an observer of modern man. He or she or it might watch what seems like a movie to come to conclusions about reality and human life.
All these roads lead to the same end goal: to understand ourselves through the lens of the future.