Hollywood blockbuster “The Matrix” gave the world an entirely new perspective on the age-old debate of “what’s the real reason we are all here.”
After all, there must be a rational explanation behind our existence and purpose on this earth, right?
Well, eccentric tech mogul Elon Musk has apparently figured it all out. The billionaire thinks it is highly possible that we are all Sims characters in someone else’s video game. In fact, he said there is only a “one in billions” chance that we are not living in a computer simulation. Freaky, right?
“The strongest argument for us probably being in a simulation I think is the following,” the 44-year-old said. “40 years ago we had Pong — two rectangles and a dot. That is where we were. Now 40 years later we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously and it’s getting better every year. And soon we’ll have virtual reality, we’ll have augmented reality.”
Scientists have been toying with this idea for years and they claim the advancement in the AI technology gives this theory even more weight. Advanced computers already run our daily lives, how hard is it to believe that they might be running us too?
“We're clearly on a trajectory to have games that are indistinguishable from reality, and those games could be played on any set-top box or on a PC or whatever, and there would probably be billions of such computers or set-top boxes, it would seem to follow that the odds that we're in base reality is one in billions,” Musk continued. “Tell me what's wrong with that argument. Is there a flaw in that argument?”
Several popular science fiction movies, even the recent ones like “Divergent” and “The Maze Runner,” have explored this line of thought in great detail.
Who knows, our universe might actually be a big hologram.
Find out more in the video above.