Updated: Apr 11, 2020
1. Professional smart guy Nick Bostrom wrote the leading simulation hypothesis in 2003.
The hypothesis essentially boils down to this.
One of the following must be true:
A. Humans will never be capable of creating perfectly lifelike simulations
B. Humans will eventually be capable of creating perfectly lifelike simulations, but refuse to mass produce them for ethical reasons
C. Humans will eventually be willing and able to mass produce perfectly lifelike simulations
If C is true, the odds are heavily in favor that we are inside of a lifelike simulation already.
2. Elon Musk took this hypothesis a step further
Elon agrees with this hypothesis, and stated publicly that if you assume any technological rate of improvement, it looks clear at this point that humans will eventually be able to create simulations that are indistinguishable from reality (it didn't look quite as clear in 2003 when the hypothesis was written) Again, in the scenario that humans are willing & able to create perfectly lifelike simulations, we are almost certainly inside a simulation already. The odds that we'd be in authentic, "base" reality, would be 1-in-however many lifelike simulations could possibly be created. Elon says, "1 in billions"
3. What to do about it?
Live life dawg. Bostrom says he basically accepts this idea as a possibility and goes on with possibly simulated life. It seems to fuel his work.
Bostrom has an incredible track record, I'm sure he'll end up blowing our minds a few more times before his simulation hits time control.
Might as well put out some interesting data while we're here.
________________ Anyway, that's the gist of the leading simulation hypothesis. At the very least, an interesting thought experiment, at most....
Let us know what you think,