We live in a world that is in fact a life simulation, created by a "programmer" who controls everything we do as if we were the characters in the Sims game, says Rich Terrile, director of the Center for Evolutionary Computing and Automated Design. from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
The scientist thinks that the fact that we are not computerized models cannot be demonstrated, since "reality is the product of a complex architecture that appeared outside of human consciousness." Therefore, Terrile suggests the idea that our world would behave like the reality of the adventure and driving video game 'Grand Theft Auto'. "You see exactly what you need to see in the city right now, shrinking a metropolis down to the size of a console.
The universe behaves the same way.
In quantum mechanics, particles do not have a certain state if they are not being observed at the moment. Many theorists have spent a long time trying to explain it.
One of the possible explanations is that we live in a kind of simulation, seeing what we have to see at the right moment for someone, "he explains to Vice.
Terrile even believes that we are about to shape our own universe and be "programmers" of a ‘matrix’. One of the achievements that could contribute to this is the ability to introduce artificial consciousness into machines, which - according to him - will be possible within 30 years.
If computers become powerful enough, they will be able to create a simulation in which self-conscious beings have no idea that they are part of a program, something that was reflected in the movie "The Truman Show."
The idea is not new, since in 2003 the philosopher Nick Bostrom suggested that we live in a simulation modeled and regulated by our descendants, that is, from the future.
Bostrom and other writers postulate that there are empirical reasons why the simulation hypothesis might be valid.
According to his proposal, a future civilization would have such enormous computing capacity that our descendants could, with their developed technologies, run a simulation of ancestors. However, the scientist does not explain why these "programmers" would be modeling reality.
In turn, Silas Beane, a nuclear physicist at the University of Washington, extends this idea, stating that the "simulators" that control our universe can also be simulations, something like "a dream within a dream."
Another idea that is gaining strength is that of holograms.
Last week, a group of scientists announced that they had succeeded in demonstrating the "holographic principle", a conjecture about the theories of quantum gravity proposed in 1993 by Gerard ‘t Hooft.
The idea postulates that the universe does not have a three-dimensional space, but rather has a two-dimensional structure similar to a hologram, the projection of which is reflected in an immensely extensive cosmic horizon.