Have you ever heard of the simulation theory?
It’s one of my favourite topics to talk about whenever I’m having a deeper conversation with someone about life and the universe. Let me tell you a bit more about it.
WHAT IS THE SIMULATION THEORY?
In short, this theory tells us that the universe we live in is just an advanced digital construct that is overseen by some higher form of intelligence. This would make us the “Sims” of another dimension, world or universe.
There are many speculations about who created this simulation and why. Maybe some life-form out there wanted to test out how life would evolve when it becomes conscious and aware of itself or how certain atoms behave over time. We could be one of many simulations that run at the same time with slightly different parameter.
Obviously there is no proof that this is actually the case. After all, it is a theory and not a law or fact. The chance that we actually live in a simulation is about 1 to 1 billion according to Elon Musk. Neil Degrasse Tyson believes it is 50/50.
TIME IS RELATIVE
If the theory turns out to be true, we might realize that our time the way we view it now is not real. Simulations are usually sped up to see fast results and how how things change over large periods of time. You might experience 85 years in the simulation but really it might only be a split second long because you live in a reality that is time-lapsed.
Some video games already look and feel extremely real. With VR (Virtual Reality) I believe that the way we use media will change forever. VR, just like smart phones, will be part of our daily life.
Technology is improving every day and someday we too will be able to create simulations that might feel so life-like to the characters inside and be so complex that they believe they are real, just as we do. Who knows what we will use them for?
Right now, simulations are already part of many industries. A lot of complex products are built and tested in specific programs before they hit the markets. Pilots train in simulated skies and many experts and scientists use simulations for their work. There are even ones like traffic simulations that you can play with online.
I also love this theory because it makes everything seem less serious. Ultimately, nothing really matters. Does the life of your “Sim” really matter? No, because it is within a computer program and there is no “Sim” without someone starting the computer.
Furthermore, your whole life or reality could change completely with just a simple change in code and you wouldn’t even know about it.
It is fascinating that we’ll probably never really know whether we are simulated or not. Even if there is proof, like a message from our creators, it might be part of the simulation. Additionally: How would a sign like that look like?
These are the main arguments why I love to talk about the simulation theory. Obviously there is so much more to this topic than what I’ve mentioned above. Quantum Physics, the Mandela Effect and much more is still untouched in this post.
Enjoy the simulation!