Olbermann: We are living in a virtual reality world….We are just sims (video) + Our Lives, Controlled From Some Guy’s Couch by John Tierney

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August 15, 2007
From: clyde1952

The theory is that our world is actually somebody else’s universe on their own super personal computer playing a game or perhaps we are their hobby. Keith Olbermann and guest explain.


Updated: Mar 17, 2008




Our Lives, Controlled From Some Guy’s Couch

Until I talked to Nick Bostrom, a philosopher at Oxford University, it never occurred to me that our universe might be somebody else’s hobby. I hadn’t imagined that the omniscient, omnipotent creator of the heavens and earth could be an advanced version of a guy who spends his weekends building model railroads or overseeing video-game worlds like the Sims.

But now it seems quite possible. In fact, if you accept a pretty reasonable assumption of Dr. Bostrom’s, it is almost a mathematical certainty that we are living in someone else’s computer simulation.

This simulation would be similar to the one in “The Matrix,” in which most humans don’t realize that their lives and their world are just illusions created in their brains while their bodies are suspended in vats of liquid. But in Dr. Bostrom’s notion of reality, you wouldn’t even have a body made of flesh. Your brain would exist only as a network of computer circuits.


via John Tierney | The New York Times | August 14, 2007

5 thoughts on “Olbermann: We are living in a virtual reality world….We are just sims (video) + Our Lives, Controlled From Some Guy’s Couch by John Tierney

  1. dude, its like the matrix, exept the only way to get out is to somehow gain control of the virtual world. and transport your AI into some type of machine then from there to an android since virtual worlds as complex as this would most likely have already invented androids.

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  3. Oslo 26.08.2007

    The meaning of life has occupied many a philosopher in past and recent time (as we know time), and time is one of the counter-arguments to this theory. How would it be possible to run a time-consuming simulation like this, the universe estimated of being 9 billion years old ?

    Time, as we know it, is limited to the universe in witch we exists. In “real-life”, this 9 billion year could just take the blink the root administrators eye. If true, nano and bio – technology still have a long way to go before we could simulate something like this ourselves.

    But still, where did he come from – the original root administrator?

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  5. Namiste Lo,

    Yes they probably already have this technology and use it often I mean the simulator of how the people will react to this or that stimulus and then what exactly it is all that they an get away with unnoticed and unchecked. It probably is happening all the time only most people are completely unaware it is happening that these simulations are being tried out on the general population to see if the machines answers coincide exactly with the computers simulations or not if they haven’t already done all of the research that they have needed…

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    Due to our Majority led Congress who decided right before they left on vacation to sign away our bill of rights and the US Constitution which they swore to uphold we no longer have the rights we used to have. We no longer have the checks and balances to the fear of propaganda of the evil terrorist regime. Yes we can Trust our Congress and we can also trust Roberto Gonzalez with our freedom of speech and the head of the CIA they make good judgments I am sure as a court or judge might make in any civil matter or might that be considered under national security? I feel so violated!!!!

    Sorry we no longer have our civil liberties as they were given away recently,

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    Namiste and peace,


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