Elon Musk thinks we are basically living in a video game

elon_musk_simulationA few days ago I read an article and watched an embedded video clip titled “Sci-Health: Elon Musk Thinks We’re Basically Living in a Video Game”. The article was published by NEWSY on Thursday, June 02, 2016.

I have read the article that appeared on News Republic and watched the short video a few times. It appears to me that the article’s title matches the video or the article itself. Elon does not seem to embrace or promote the idea. Of course, the idea is a hypothesis which by definition is a concept in search of a proof.

What called my attention was the fact that when I was attending high schoolhalf_of_real_number (a few years ago to say the least) I was intrigued with two facts. One came from real numbers in mathematics. The theory states that a real number (e.g., a dimension expressed in meters or any other measuring standard) may be split in half over and over again. I believe I understand the mathematical concept, but as we know, we live in a macro world. One can take a foot (12 inches; about 30 centimeters) and divided it in half. One of the halves can then be divided into two equal parts (one quarter each). In the physical world, you keep on doing that a few times and get down to molecules and atoms. In theory, one can continue to split the distance in halves, but there is no longer a meaningful physical representation.

electron_looses_energyThe second concept I found interesting in high school physics was the theory (I believe it has already been proven to be a fact) of how electrons behave in an atom. My physics teacher held a PhD in nuclear physics and had the ability to make complex concepts seem simple and easy to grasp. That is the way experienced people (experts) in any field are able to come up with simple solutions to complex problems. The question was on the model of the atom. There is a simple model in which atoms are represented in a similar way as the solar system. The sun represents the nucleus which we know has different particles and the planets revolving around are representations of electrons. When an electron needs to loose energy, it releases the energy and the electron drops to a closer orbit around the nucleus. What called my attention was that the electron does not seem to make a smooth transition from one orbit to another. It is an instant change. It does not take time to change levels.

After high school I attended college. I learned software development using punch cards and eventually moved to a CRT (Cathode Ray Tube). I have watched thousands of times CRTs power up and down. Keeping in mind my high school thoughts, the CRT resembled the big bang on a computer. Out of what seems no where (I fully understand the operation of a CRT) a set of text paragraphs and images are displayed on the surface of a CRT. Currently we have replaced CRTs with flat LED monitors with much higher resolution and color than a VT100 (CRT by Digital Equipment Corporation) which I used for many years.vt100_crt

I have watched the three Matrix movies. The first was very fascinating to me. The other two I could have done without. As described in the article, the theory we live in a simulation could be possible. Of course it needs a proof. Once we get to it, the game is over.

I would like to state that I subscribe to the hypothesis that the universe we live in is a simulation. My humble opinion is that some of us are associated with real beings outside the universe, while others are just not real. The idea is that real beings participate in the simulation to learn. This is the equivalent to signing up for and attend a college course. Keep in mind that time is just an artifact of the universe (simulation) we live in. Time outside our universe probably does not exist. Who knows how many universes might be out there and most important what is outside of all universes (reality).

big_bang_physicsIn my opinion, the reason we do not recall past experiences while we are in the simulation is so it appears real to us. The learning process would not be the same if we knew this was not reality. I would assume as soon as we exit the simulation, that we would be able to recall all our experiences in different times and different universes.

Finally I would like to pose a question that would help us get closer to prove the hypothesis of the simulation. For starters, if we look at two atoms loose the same amount of energy do they lose it at the same instant? The actual question is, if a subset of atoms in the universe need to lose energy at some specific time, do they lose it at the same instance or do they do so at any random and continuous time? As we know, digital computers use a clock to make the CPU perform unitary operations (i.e., add, subtract, compare). Does the universe as we know is controlled by a clock?

The Naïve American

PS: Electric cars are a step in the right direction to reduce pollution. Tesla seems to be the leader in this business sector. My wife and I will test drive a model S this coming Friday. I will comment in this blog on my driving experience in the near future.

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