Do we live in a computer simulation? Some rich and powerful people are convinced we do, and they’re funding research to break us out of it. Elon Musk thinks that the chance of us not living in a simulation is “billions to one,” and Bank of America analysts think that the chance we are is as high as 50%.
Some of the world’s richest and most powerful people are convinced that we are living in a computer simulation. And now they’re trying to do something about it.
At least two of Silicon Valley’s tech billionaires are pouring money into efforts to break humans out of the simulation that they believe that it is living in, according to a new report.
Philosophers have long been concerned about how we can know that our world isn’t just a very believable simulation of a real one. But concern about that has become ever more active in recent years, as computers and artificial intelligence have advanced.
That has led some tech billionaires to speculate that the chances we are not living in such a simulation is “billions to one”. EvenBank of America analysts wrote last month that the chances we are living in a Matrix-style fictional world is as high as 50 per cent.