A NASA scientist claims that we live in an an elaborated hologram created by an alien race. Nick Bostrom, a professor of philosophy at Oxford University and the director of the Future of Humanity Institute shares the theory that all we have done or will do ,could be the creation of a cosmic computer code. Our relationships and memories could be a result of banks of supercomputers.
Dr. Rich Terrile, the director of the Center for Evolutionary Computation and Automated Design at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has said that we can all be the creation of a cosmic computer programmer as opposed to a God. This would mean that we live in a holographic world and that we and everything around us is not real.
The NASA scientist told Vice News that the NASA supercomputers are cranking away at about double the speed of the human brain and that according to Moore’s Law these computers will be able to compute an entire human lifetime of 80 years together with every human’s thought ever conceived during that lifetime – in the span of a month.
Reasons to believe that the universe is a simulation include the fact that it is broken up into particles which do not become defined unless they’re being observed.
That we might be in a simulation is, Terrile argues, a simpler explanation for our existence than the idea that we are the first generation to rise up from primordial ooze and evolve into molecules, biology and eventually intelligence and self-awareness.
The idea that our Universe is a fiction generated by computer code solves a number of mysteries about the cosmos, our quest for extraterrestrial life and the mystery of dark matter.
However, there are many of those who dispute the Matrix theory. Professor Peter Millican, who is also from the philosophy department at Oxford argues against it by simply stating “The theory seems to be based on the assumption that “superminds” would do things in much the same way as we could do them.” Which brings up a good point, if the aliens are so advanced, how are we figuring this out now? But the answer may be revealed in a rapidly moving world of technology.
However, Professor Millican does believe there is worth in investigating the idea.
Just because some professional scientists and people at NASA are entertaining the thought that we may be living in an advanced alien created hologram doesn’t make it true, but it sure is interesting to think about.
We may never know, but technology certainly is catching up and our cultures are moving at new speeds trying to figure out human existence, which may in fact just lead us into out own realities.
This Matrix thought-experiment makes philosophers think that even if this results in a failure, the fact that you have got into the habit of thinking crazy things could mean that at some point you are going to think of something that initially may seem crazy, but turns out not to be so at all.