reply to post by Ajax84
I was thinking about this the other day and it occurred to me that while we could be in "simulation", that it doesn't matter. We're still in reality
too. The simulation would be just as "real" as we think we are. There is no difference between reality and a simulation.
Think about it. Define reality? Once you try you realize the word doesn't have any meaning. Being made of atoms doesn't make us any more real than if
we're made out of electrical charges. We just have a preconceived notion that atoms=real, but no. Being made of atoms doesn't make us any more real,
and being made of electrical charges doesn't make us any less real. We're still just information encoded on a medium.
To us an AI made of 1s and 0s may not seem real. It's just a computer simulation right? But to the the AI in the computer, his reality is that he's
made of electrical charges. He's still very real. Rearrange his 1s and 0s and he doesn't function right, or ceases to exist. If the computer he's
running on crashes he's just as dead as we would be if our universe crashed. Don't make a backup of him and he's gone forever.
Just like if you forget to backup your computer and you lose all your information. What do you say? Oh it's okay, none of that stuff was real anyway?
No of course not, you get mad. Because the information that was on your HD was very real and alters your reality.
Assuming there's something like a god out there then it could also make a backup of physical matter just like we backup 1s and 0s. Just keep a note of
where every single atom goes, and we could be backed up just the same as the AI if we made a note of where every single 1 and 0 was.
It makes no difference. Information is information. It doesn't matter what you store it on. Just like when a program is in RAM it's being stored as
electrical charges. When you save the program to the hard drive it gets converted to magnetic charges. The electrical charges are destroyed. The
program is destroyed, dead, gone.
But you can load the program up again off the HD and recreate the same electrical charges you had before. You can bring the program back to life. You
can even store the information on atoms by burning the program to a DVD made of plastic. But burning it to a DVD won't make it anymore "real" than it
was before. Atoms do not equal real.
Our atoms are in a state that contain the information needed to make us, us. The AI's 1s and 0s are in a state that contain the information to make
the AI, AI. But neither is more real than the other. We're both just information that could be copied, changed, or moved to another medium.
What's important is how the information gets changed from one state to another. When transformed by a physical process such as a CPU changing the
information in RAM, or by the laws of physics moving our atoms around. That's what creates our reality. Think about it, if there was no time, and
your atoms never moved, the physical processes in your brain couldn't play out. You'd just be a statue. If the CPU never read the program data, did a
calculation, and wrote new data to RAM the program would be just like a virtual statue also.
What's important is changing from one state to another. That's what creates our perception of reality. So even if we're made out of atoms we're still
just as fake as we were before lol. It's still an illusion.
edit on 15-5-2012 by tinfoilman because: (no reason given)
15-5-2012 by tinfoilman because: (no reason given)