Tech billionaires are certain we’re living in the Matrix - and they’re funding research to help us ‘wake up’
Are we living inside an enormous computer simulation - unaware that our lives are basically someone else’s video game?
Several tech billionaires are so convinced that we’re living inside the Matrix that they are actually funding research to help us escape the simulation, according to the New Yorker.
Two (unnamed) billionaires are apparently funding research teams to help the human race ‘wake up’ - although how they’re doing this is unclear.
Several tech moguls have voiced their fears that we are, in fact, living inside a computer game.
Tech visionary Elon Musk claimed earlier this year that there is only a ‘one in billions’ chance that our reality is actually real.
Musk, speaking at Code Conference 2016, said that given how quickly games were evolving, that at some point in the future, there would be billions of simulated worlds running at once.
That means there will be so many simulations that the odds of being in the one, real reality are extremely low, Musk said.
Musk said, ‘The strongest argument for us being in a simulation probably is the following: Forty years ago we had Pong. Like two rectangles and a dot. That was what games were.
‘Now, 40 years later we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously, and it’s getting better every year. Soon we’ll have virtual reality, augmented reality.
‘If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality, even if that rate of advancement drops by a thousand from what it is now. Then you just say, okay, let’s imagine it’s 10,000 years in the future, which is nothing on the evolutionary scale.
‘So given that we’re clearly on a trajectory to have games that are indistinguishable from reality, and those games could be played on any set-top box or on a PC or whatever, and there would probably be billions of such computers or set-top boxes, it would seem to follow that the odds we’re in base reality is one in billions.’