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Not only has technology increased our understanding of the cosmos. It also exposed us to disturbing possibilities.
It might be possible to simulate the entire cosmos in the future. But how can we be sure that it hasn't already happened if this is an option? What if we are expressions rather than creators? Could it be that we're not real and aren't even aware of it?
If our basic knowledge of science is accurate, it is impossible to simulate the entirety of the cosmos with all of its infinitely many different elements. However, we don't truly need to. The population of our simulation simply needs a small portion of the universe to believe it to be genuine.
Hyper Developed Societies Desire To Run Simulations
We have no idea of what we're talking about when we talk about posthuman civilizations. It's pretty conceited to think we know what supremely powerful beings like gods want. Imagine the most intelligent in the world residing close to a theme park. You try to explain since it wants to know what people are doing.
Sadly, the ant simply doesn't comprehend. For an ant living an ant life, the idea of rollercoasters, waiting in lines, holidays, and fun is absurd. The situation is the same for both us and a posthuman. We are ants in their eyes. For them, running simulations for amusement or scientific research may be an absolutely dumb concept. However, if they do decide to run simulations for whatever purposes, and if assumptions one, two, or three are also true, then there is a potential that you are actually living in a simulation.
Who Requires a Billion Galaxy Clusters?
We merely require the area where our subjects are free to roam. They would have no means of knowing whether the enormous universe was simply a flat projection.
What about little entities like bacteria or cells?
Really, we don't need them. What you observe under a microscope might have been made right then and there. Atoms are the same. There is no need to simulate the chair you're sitting on with a quadrillion atoms. Only the topmost layer of it is required. Until you decide to crack it open, it can be empty inside. Even while it may seem like your body is full of effervescent things, it may actually be empty until you fill it.
The only prerequisite for our simulation is the existence of our virtual persons' conscience. The simulation only needs to appear real to our subjects. Okay, are we being played a part?
Sure, maybe, but only if certain requirements are met. Since we are obviously not experts on this subject, please consider what we say to be speculative. We have five presumptions for you, based on a modified version of Nick Bostrom's original simulation argument. You, dear viewer, are living in a simulation if that is the case.
The Development of Technology Will Not Soon Come To an End
There may one day be galactic-spanning civilizations with limitless computer power if technological development continues in the same direction as it has so far. technologically advanced beings that we would have a hard time telling them apart from divine beings. A significant firm needs a computer that can perform a million trillion processes. However, there are ideas for computers that could manage this.
Modern Societies Do Not Annihilate Themselves
This conversation is over if there is a tipping point at which all civilizations terminate in self-destruction. You'd think that the universe would be home to countless alien civilizations when you look into space, but we find none. This could be the cause.
Great filters are obstacles to live that must be overcome, such as nuclear conflict, asteroids, climate change, or the creation of a black hole. There are no simulations of life that are fundamentally harmful.
You are presumably within a simulation if there are several
You are most likely inside a simulation if there are numerous simulations. If there are simulation civilizations, there are probably many of them. After all, we presumptively grant posthumans access to virtually infinite computational capacity. Therefore, it would be practical to conduct millions or even billions of simulations if they were to do so.
There must be trillions of simulated conscious beings if there are billions of simulated universes. In which case, the great majority of all conscious entities that have ever existed and will ever exist are simulations. Thus, there are a billion simulated conscious beings for every conscious human formed of flesh. The likelihood of you being one of the nine hundred and ninety-nine million nine hundred and ninety thousand nine hundred ninety-nine simulated individuals is quite high in this instance because we have no way of knowing if we are real or simulations.
Therefore, what you perceive as reality might not actually exist. You might actually be a simulation. All of this is predicated on numerous hypotheses that we are now unable to adequately test. So perhaps science doesn't agree with the entire thought experiment. Therefore, refrain from setting your homes on fire in order to check for bugs. Your life doesn't really change much if you're a simulation.
Users might be in a computer simulation or on a little planet racing through endless nothingness. Your life does not get any scarier or more bizarre. All we can hope to do is make an effort to live moral lives and enjoy ourselves. We also expect that nobody will notice if we are simulations running on a supercomputer. stumbles on the power cable.
Consciousness Simulation Is a Possibility
Nobody is aware of consciousness. Let's say for the sake of argument that it is possible to create awareness by imitating a brain. The human brain is fairly sophisticated. Your brain performs around ten to the power of seventeen operations per second, or 100 million billion operations per second, if you count every contact between synapses as one operation.
To imitate one second of human consciousness, let's generously suppose that we require ten to the power of twenty operations. We don't want to simulate a single individual, though. In order to skip about, we want to mimic the entirety of human history at once. Consider simulating a population of 200 billion people with a lifespan of 50 years on average. It takes thirty million seconds, fifty years, two hundred billion people, multiplied by ten to the power of twenty operations, to make one year.
We, therefore, require a computer that can process millions or trillions of operations per second. In the observable universe, there are more operations than there are stars. Such a computer is simply unimaginable. However, perhaps it isn't.
Brain of Matrioshka
A hypothetical megastructure known as the Matrioshka Brain is composed of billions of components and orbits a star while consuming its radiation. This size of computer has the capability to mimic thousands, if not millions, of humanities simultaneously.
It would be feasible to do this with a structure the size of a big city or even smaller thanks to other technologies, such as advanced future quantum computers. But only if someone is still alive to construct the computer.
Finally, what if that is irrelevant? What if we are already in one? Imagine if you were a simulation.