Tech Billionaires Are Funding A Plan To Break The Human Race Out Of The Matrix

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Authored by Jake Anderson via TheAntiMedia.org,

On the southwestern edge of Lake Titicaca, Peru, there is an ancient 23-foot doorway known as the Aramu Muru. Local natives call it the “Puerta de hayu Marca,” the gateway to the lands of the gods and immortal life. Throughout their history, the natives have described people disappearing and appearing at this doorway.

In 1998, purported extraterrestrial contactee Jerry Wills claimed a tall blonde humanoid named Zo taught him how to access Aramu Muru and enter “another universe.” Wills further claimed that Zo illustrated to him how our universe is an experimental simulation within his species’ universe. They built it to understand their own reality, which is itself nested inside a larger universe.

The next year, in 1999, the blockbuster science fiction film The Matrix came out and forever emblazoned into our collective subconscious the idea that our existence is a simulation created by a more advanced race of beings. Incidentally, the film also made long black trench coats, black sunglasses, and my last name all the rage, but I digress…

A few years after the release of The Matrix, philosopher Nick Bostrom published the Simulation Argument, a concise paper entitled “Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?” It presented a trilemma, a mathematical breakdown of why at least one of three provocative scenarios must be true.

“(1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a ‘posthuman’ stage;

 

(2) any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof);

 

(3) we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation. It follows that the belief that there is a significant chance that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor-simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation.”

The “posthuman civilization” to which Bostrom refers defines a period of time after which humans have merged with technology. This is sometimes referred to as post-Singularity, with the ‘Singularity’ describing futurist Ray Kurzweil’s designation of a society in which humans are post-biological, living synergistically with artificial intelligence.

The Simulation Argument presupposes the development of this posthuman civilization, at which point, Bostrom states, advanced humans or AI might develop simulations of the past in the same way that current scientists create test environments; some of the simulations would likely be for entertainment reasons, as well, in the same way humans currently create video games and movies.

In recent years, a number of high-profile figures have come out to state their belief that we are living in a simulation. Chief among them is tech magnate Elon Musk, who has stated that the video game No Man’s Sky confirmed his belief that someday simulations would approximate reality so comprehensively that they would be indistinguishable from reality. Apparently, he was sitting in a hot tub with friends when he finally converted.

Musk is the CEO and brains behind Tesla, SpaceX, Neuralink, and OpenAI. In recent years, he has expressed bold plans for his companies that he believes will advance the human race: with Tesla, he wants to spearhead a transportation infrastructure that doesn’t rely on burning hydrocarbons; with SpaceX, he wants to assist in humanity’s gradual extraplanetary migration to Mars; and with Neuralink and OpenAI, he wants to facilitate humanity’s merger with advanced computer technology.

When he was asked about whether humans are living inside a computer simulation, Musk made headlines last year by saying he thinks the chances are one in billions that we aren’t.

“The strongest argument for us probably being in a simulation I think is the following: 40 years ago we had Pong – two rectangles and a dot,” Musk stated. “That’s where we were. Now 40 years later we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously and it’s getting better every year. And soon we’ll have virtual reality, we’ll have augmented reality. If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality, just indistinguishable.”

Here Musk is referring to the exponential growth of technology, the lynchpin of the Singularity theory. If in 40 years we’ve gone from the two-dimensional pong to the cusp of augmented and virtual reality, imagine where we’ll be in another forty, or a hundred, or 400. Provided the human race survives, one may assume we will achieve the ability to produce simulations with sentient beings. Already, the Department of Defense has created the Sentient World Simulation, a real-time “synthetic mirror of the real world with automated continuous calibration with respect to current real-world information, such as major events, opinion polls, demographic statistics, economic reports, and shifts in trends,” according to a working paper on the system.

In recent years, other scientists have conducted research and even experimentation in attempts to show actual evidence of the Simulation. Heads turned last year when theoretical physicist S. James Gate announced he had found strange computer code in his String Theory research. Bound inside the equations we use to describe our universe, he says, is peculiar self-dual linear binary error-correcting block code.

team of German physicists has also set out to show that the numerical constraints we see in our universe are consistent with the kinds of limitations we would see in a simulated universe. These physicists have invoked a non-perturbative approach known as lattice quantum chromodynamics to try to discover whether there is an underlying grid to the space/time continuum.

So far their efforts have recreated a minuscule region of the known universe, a sliver of a corner that is but a few femtometers across. But this corner simulates the hypothetical lattice of the universal grid, and their search for a corresponding physical restraint turned up a theoretical upper limit on high-energy particles known as the Greisen–Zatsepin–Kuzmin, or GZK cut off. In other words, there are aspects of our universe that look and behave as a simulation might.

With news that there are two anonymous tech billionaires working on a secret project to break us out of the Matrix, it’s hard to know whether we should laugh or scream in horror. 

Simulation talk is great epistemological fun and metaphysical amusement of the highest order, but it may speak to an underlying anxiety regarding the merging of our reality with machines, or an underlying existential loneliness. It’s even been posited as a solution to the Fermi ParadoxWhy haven’t we met aliens? Well, because we live inside a world they built.

Our earth is marooned in a cosmic void so vast it would take our current Deep Space I propulsion system an astonishing 81,000 years to reach the nearest star — in a galaxy of hundreds of billions, which is, itself, just one of hundreds of billions. The thought that it’s all 1s and 0s rendered by a futuristic microprocessor is philosophically sexy but, perhaps, sociologically lazy.

That there is anxiety about reality being manufactured in a society obsessed with simulated pleasure and mediated experience isn’t altogether surprising. It’s the ultimate, though perhaps accidental, expression of resistance to a culture steeped in consumerism and artificial growth.

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SloMoe's picture

A: Who is, John Galt?

Billy the Poet's picture

I think therefore I am sure this is stupid.

pathosattrition's picture

Reality is a simulation; our programmer is called "God"

MillionDollarButter's picture

God does not play dice or videogames.

armada's picture

Who do you think gave mankind the inspiration to create them?

blueyefinity@yahoo.com's picture

Looks like those aliens were either chinks or kikes cheating at their exams because the simulation is breaking apart.

Oy vey...muh shekels are not real.

VIDEO – The Mandela Effect: The Smartest Kid on Earth Blames CERN for Destroying our Universe and Explains It

http://dailywesterner.com/news/the-mandela-effect-the-smartest-kid-on-ea...


. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

That is a 13 year-olds understanding of infinity. (Yes, I know who that kid is.)

What he fails to mention is that infinity is simply a math trick - a loophole - and that infinity in space-time is resolution-dependant.

We can, theoretically, increase our resolution to as many decimal places (in mathematics) as we have time for, but the universe does indeed have a base resolution.

E.g. If a string can be thought of as the smallest unit, half a string is meaningless in reality, whether it can be calculated or not.

A hole cannot be infinitely small, and you can't make half a hole (except by using math.)

This kid is making a half of a half of a half of a half... ...of a hole.

He assumes that every infinite fraction of time sees the creation of an infinite number of universes, which is the logical extension of the theory, but it is wrong-headed to think of a multiverse (or an infinite number of multiverses, each creating infinitely more universes in each infinitely small fraction of time of each universe) in these terms.

He is diregarding the resolution of the universe, and is super-imposing a math trick onto our physical reality.

Even infinity has its limits.

Draw a circle in MSPaint. Zoom in. It ain't smooth, it's pixelated. One pixel is the minimum resolution. Half a pixel cannot be shown, despite the fact that it can be calculated.

(The kid quoted VSauce and said "supposubly," so, grain of salt...)

Luc X. Ifer's picture

If one is not mentally ill, high or impaired in any way to connect with reality one is certainly not living in a simulation of the reality. And excluding the ignorants, religitards, libtards, fascists etc all kind of low intelligence scum of the earth, ok, I know, this doesn't leave too much to count ... http://www.skeptic.com/reading_room/are-we-living-in-a-computer-simulation/

Mr Hankey's picture

Sounds solipsistic.  At least thatz how it feelz 2 me.

. . . _ _ _ . . .'s picture

PS. The website you quoted got his name wrong, and he has been outed as a fraud... and rightly so.

Max Loughan is his name.

"Max Loughan is a young self-proclaimed Theoretical Physicist, while he claims that he invented a free energy harvester. His device was created long before he was born and is sold as a toy."

He has been totally discredited.

Double extra downvote for posting this.

Member for 17 weeks 5 days, it figures.

Crash Overide's picture

It's not what you think it is.

tmosley's picture

Not only does God play dice, but the dice are loaded!

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Of course this is a simulation. We all create our own reality in real time on the fly, both on an individual and collective level.

The only reason the chair I sit on is 'solid' is because we/I believe with no uncertainty that it is solid. There is no doubt because doubt simply doesn't exist. It is solid because we all believe it is solid.

We 'create' something in our mind via imagination and it quickly takes form thereafter. Once imagined, 'reality' isn't far behind.

Think about how often something is generally beleived to be impossible. Then suddenly someone does the impossible and quickly it is considered 'real' and common place. What exactly happened there?

Billy the Poet's picture

Human perceptions exist within the parameters of the five senses but that doesn't mean that our experiences are produced in an effort to mimic some other experience.

 

sim·u·lat·ed   adjective adjective: simulated manufactured in imitation of some other material.


"a simulated leather handbag"

  • (of an emotion) pretended or feigned.


    "she howled in simulated anguish"

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I prefer 'genuine imitation' to 'simulated'. ;-)

<I actually saw the phrase 'genuine imitation leather' on a wallet I was about to purchase several decades ago. I bought another one that came from a real cow.>

Billy the Poet's picture

My favorite sign was in a record store window. It said: EARN FREE GIFTS. A redundancy and double contradiction all in three little words.

lincis's picture

BS, toyou its god, for me its me and the universe, who's rigth? Who the fuck knows. but you cannot put your GOD thing on other people. thinking in god terms is lazy

Crypto Kevin's picture

He's a character in a fairy tale that will never come true. 

mtanimal's picture

I once did some nasty titicaca with a tall blonde.

WillyGroper's picture

yea, musk the vagenius money launderer.

wattaloadacrap.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Haaaha, that is where the guts of the article fell out for me. 

Quoting Elong Fusk as any kind of veesionary!

That said, the manufactured, sensory reality, world lies within and not without has been the cornerstone of every deep philosophical construct known to man. 

In hindu/vedic philosophy, it's called Maya, the illusion and the seductress rolled into one.

CrimsonAvenger's picture

I didn't believe the simulation idea until I watched the Patriots win the Superbowl. There's no other explanation.

Zoomorph's picture

Meh, it's a pointless subject to even think about. Nick Bostrom sounds like a moron.

tmosley's picture

Peanutz weren't programmed to think that deeply.

Peanutz want more articles about how gold and silver are going to explode next Thursday.

Billy the Poet's picture

Still upset that Lucy let that black dude kick her football?

tmosley's picture

It's always next Thursday.

cheech_wizard's picture

It's always 2:30 in the afternoon.

 

mtanimal's picture

In other news, Musk is currently seeking taxpayer funded subsidies for trans-reality recursion.

pathosattrition's picture

We live in a simulation; we call our programmer "God"

Taffy Lewis's picture

You are on the right track.

Read "Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramahansa Yogananda. You will get the keys of life.

Money is not a shortcut to get off of this physical plane to the next spiritual plane. "God" is a religion's effort to describe going to the next level, and it does its best to describe it in laymen's terms.

Raging Debate's picture

Some here might like the show Year Million that recently came out on current developments and projection on post humanism. Yes, we are 40 years away, that is if we do not have a major nuke war first. It is good news as we will be immortal but as history shows tech has dual use to abuse and destroy so sure we will see a portion of that on the way.

are we there yet's picture

Just say no to drugs.

Duc888's picture

 

 

Ahhhh, yes the good old "Transhumanism" meme...  Very similar to the fake construct of money.  They go hand in hand actually.

matermaker's picture

Bullshit.  If we as a species put all our energy into finding new places to colonize like we did 400 years ago, i.e. off this planet....  We'd spread like rats or a disease.   The main thing that keeps us here is religon.  What does it matter if it's God's matrix or some aliens'?

matermaker's picture

We already have it in our SciFi.  We already have human made crafts leaving the solar system.  Just load up some earthly DNA and blow our load out into the cosmos.    Give it a few million or billion years and there would be another Earth.

lasvegaspersona's picture

People belive the craziest shit...and always have.

Belief is cheap, science (the actual process not just what guys with PhDs say) is expensive and hard.

Musk is, I suspect, a con man...the rest are just religious zealots...of a strange kind.

espirit's picture

I was around when the Nasa cats belittled Musk's concept of landing a first stage.

All it takes is lots of money.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Did you see that morphed Obama video?

You believe in CGI, that too piss poor CGI?

Good grief, I have a bridge to sell you..... cheep bridge, in Moombai...

lasvegaspersona's picture

Musk has been refuted in several concepts (at least severe theoretical hurdles exist.)

ROCKETS ALREADY EXIST. GETTING THE  gyros right to do a stage recovery was hard but not new. Musk never addresses the issues for his more Quixotic projects.

Dude is selling sizzle...with a very light touch of steak.

xrxs's picture

I don't like Musk's logic here.  It's the same line of reasoning the posits that you and I are more likely Boltzman brains - a brain that is randomly assembled complete with memories in the cosmic entropy, rather than having evolved from a line of millions of organisms on a habitable planet in an entire universe.  Occam's Razor tells me to not overthink it, although I would be interested in an empirical test of the theory.

sunny's picture

Finially, a positive, uplifting article right here in ZH.  I genuinely am delighted to learn of the probability that we are indeed nothing more than a simulation in someone else's cloud.  It proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is intelligent life in the universe, something not directly observed on earth.  

Cardinal Fang's picture

'There are only two possibilities. Either we are alone in the Universe, or we are not. Both are scary propositions."

Bossmech's picture

Mental masturbation

Lost in translation's picture

Notice that the elite scum running humanity into the moral and financial sewer are obsessed with A) space travel, B) "we've GOT to got off the Earth,"and C) "we're going to meet aliens and they'll save us!"

Not to get too metaphysical, but the elite all have very dark, spiritual problems that inform their evil behavior, and their schemes.

Therefore, they play at things much darker and far more malevolent than their pea-brains can hope to comprehend.

Spiritual things, and a spirit-world.

Very dangerous.