I wan't to discuss something I have been thinking about recently regarding "simulations" and space travel.
The idea I've been pondering lately is that it seems more feasible, efficient, and practical to simply measure the universe with machines, probes,
telescopes and any other type of data collection devices we can come up with and duplicate that data into a simulation in which we can experience the
universe via simulation instead of trying to triumph over all the obstacles of actually going to alpha centauri...
We are already creating really amazing
universe...we are merely lacking a very immersive VR system to plug our consciousness into and experience this simulation as a "reality".
The limitations of creating a highly immersive VR and replicating the universe seem to be drastically less than actually physically flying space ships
through the universe combating the laws of physics we just simply can't rewrite.
It not only seems more efficient and practical to replicate the measured data of the universe in a simulation it would probably be more enjoyable and
available to people.
POTL (path of least resistance):
There is a significant amount of resistance in traveling to distant worlds physically and significantly less in merely duplicating what machines can
measure and duplicate to experience in a simulation. It would probably be easier to develop a highly immersive VR system...than it would be to design,
build, populate, manage, and maintain a colossal space ship and all the associated issues/problems/risks.
When we develop the ability to map the surface and subsurface of a planet...what is keeping us from experiencing that planet as it was actually
measured...within a system in first person...much like a video game.
The degree of immersion in such a VR system would be proportional to the degree of awareness...the lower the awareness of the "real world" the
higher the immersion. You lower the awareness by hijacking the senses with artificial information (matrix style). The more you overload the senses
with artificial stimulation that corresponds with the simulation...the less the senses will produce an awareness that you are IN a simulation...if one
could go into anesthesia or unconscious state prior to being put into the VR system...and awoke into a simulation paralleling their last previous
conscious awareness while artificially stimulating their senses with simulated data...would they be aware of what happened?
The holy grail of VR would be to induce a state of immersion where you are completely unaware you are in a VR.
Without derailing too much off topic into Simulation and VR only....
What do you all think about the practicality of creating a simulated exploration of the universe Vs a physical exploration of the universe?
Would a simulated exploration be more feasible and efficient than a physical exploration?
What say you ATS!?