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Originally posted by synchro
If this were true, then wouldn't one of the first things programmed into a game character's "virtual mind" be the inability to figure out that it's all just a video game designed by aliens?
Originally posted by Helious
Interesting post but I would argue my life is a video game played by my ex wives and there lawyers, aliens would be a vast improvement.
Originally posted by KristinLynnxo
When I was a kid I thought we would have flying cars, teleportation and TOTAL virtual reality games, I am completely dissapointed about that now! ....and still waiting.
A simplified version of his argument proceeds as such:
i. It is possible that an advanced civilization could create a computer simulation which contains individuals with artificial intelligence (AI).
ii. Such a civilization would likely run many, billions for example, of these simulations (just for fun, for research or any other permutation of possible reasons).
iii. A simulated individual inside the simulation wouldn’t necessarily know that it is inside a simulation — it is just going about its daily business in what it considers to be the "real world."
Then the ultimate question is — if one accepts that the above premises are at least possible — which of the following is more likely?
a. We are the one civilization which develops AI simulations and happens not to be in one itself?
b. We are one of the many (billions) of simulations that has run? (Remember point iii.)
In greater detail, his argument attempts to prove the trichotomy, either that:
1) intelligent races will never reach a level of technology where they can run simulations of reality so detailed they can be mistaken for reality (assuming that this is possible in principle); or
2) races who do reach such a sophisticated level do not tend to run such simulations; or
3) we are almost certainly living in such a simulation.