Simulated reality is the hypothesis that reality could be simulated—for example by quantum computer simulation —to a degree indistinguishable from "true" reality. It could contain conscious minds which may or may not be fully aware that they are living inside a simulation. This is quite different from the current, technologically achievable concept of virtual reality. Virtual reality is easily distinguished from the experience of actuality; participants are never in doubt about the nature of what they experience. Simulated reality, by contrast, would be hard or impossible to separate from "true" reality. There has been much debate over this topic, ranging from philosophical discourse to practical applications in computing.
Elon Musk Says There’s a ‘One in Billions’ Chance Reality Is Not a Simulation
Elon Musk Says There’s a ‘One in Billions’ Chance Reality Is Not a Simulation - VICE
Wednesday night, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk did that thing he does every so often, which is take wild questions from an audience and answer them as if he's been thinking about them for years, usually because he has. Pick a random quote out of a bag and you can turn Musk's statements at the Recode Code Conference into a piece of news: He wants to put humans on Mars by , said SpaceX is still on track to test the most powerful rocket in the world this year, said Mars isn't a " bad choice " for a place to die, wants to relaunch a used Falcon 9 rocket in a few months , said we're already cyborgs , discussed why a direct democracy would be the best political system for a Mars colony and then went into specifics of how that democracy would work, etc. Depending on the question, the resulting discussions are ones philosophy or engineering students have probably had while they're flying high on an illicit substance. Most of the stuff he brought up we've already explored a bit here in Motherboard's digital pages. But, because Musk has made rockets that can land themselves , cars that can drive themselves , and is actively working on moving humans off of the planet Earth, well, everything he says has a heft to it that you don't automatically get simply by smoking weed.
Illustrations by fps. Recently Elon Musk made internet headlines by claiming that the probability we live in "base reality" is one in billions. Instead, we are much more likely to be living in a historical ancestor simulation created by an advanced future civilization some 10, years from now.