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Elon Musk reckons we're all living in The Matrix

PayPal founder claims our world is likely a video game made by an advanced society.

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At Recode's 2016 Code Conference, Elon Musk (founder of SpaceX, Tesla Motors, and PayPal) had some pretty interesting things to say about technology and our world as we know it.

Musk explained that it is highly likely that we are all living in the computer games of a far more advanced society, referencing our own progression from Pong to "photorealistic 3D" in roughly 40 years.

"If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality, even if that rate of advancement drops by 1000 from what it is now".

He also went on to reference how video games are moving more into fields like virtual and augmented reality, pushing the boundaries of gaming already.

Musk thinks that our society, therefore, could be part of a bigger game that is being played using "billions" of computers or set-top boxes, concluding that it was highly unlikely that our reality was the 'real' one.

"It would seem to follow that the odds that we're in a base reality is 1 in millions" he said, referencing the trajectory of progression in video games thus far and the potential for games to do huge things in the future.

When questioned about whether he personally believes that we are all in a simulation, Musk was hesitant to commit to one side or the other, simply insisting that it is a very slim chance that this is the "base reality".

He did go on to make a bold claim, though, that humanity had two avenues: create a simulation indistinguishable to reality, or that civilisation will cease to exist.

So Musk thinks that the concept that underpins the likes of The Matrix may not be science-fiction after all, and perhaps he is one of the few to have taken the red pill and realised the extent of the simulation. The virtual reality constructed in that film may be closer to reality than we thought, and maybe all it takes is an examination of our own progression in the technology of video games to realise this.

For more on what Musk had to say check out the full interview.

Elon Musk reckons we're all living in The Matrix


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