Living in a computer sim · 17 August 2007, 08:44
Stumbled onto a New York Times article the other day, which explained how we are quite likely living in a computer simulation.
“In fact,” writes John Tierney, “if you accept a pretty reasonable assumption of Dr. [Nick] Bostrom’s, it is almost a mathematical certainty….”
Bostrom is a philosopher at Oxford (here is his Web site on the Simulation Argument), and his idea is that if we assume that post-humans are as intelligent and technologically advanced as our current trends would suggest is possible, we may be nothing more than an “ancestor simulation.”
“My gut feeling,” Bostrom tells Tierney, “and it’s nothing more than that, is that there’s a 20 percent chance we’re living in a computer simulation.”
How cool is that?
If you’ve got a sub to the NYTimes, read the full article here.
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