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Posted Mar 4, '08 at 9:21pm

razaki

razaki

267 posts

Ok...I re-watched the Matrix trilogy this past week and was given a trial key for the Matrix Online.

It suffices to say that I've been thinking about the Matrix a lot recently, lol.

Anyway, what I am asking is how realistic do you think a simulated reality would be? For those of you who do not know what the matrix or a simulated reality is, let me explain:

Essentially, a controlling force - in the Matrix, a race of sentient machines - are controlling a simulation to which all of us humans are connected. Although everything seems real, it is technically just a simulation, dream, or otherwise fake state of being.

I will refrain from stating my opinion until some more people state theirs, but I am very interested in hearing other opinions.

As a side note, I accidentally hit enter the first time I was trying to post this BEFORE I had my message. If there are two topics, my bad.

 

Posted Mar 4, '08 at 9:26pm

chiliad_nodi

chiliad_nodi

652 posts

I think it would start off poorly, but as we learn more about how to manipulate DNA, we can create a perfect virtual reality on command by messing with our receptors.

 

Posted Mar 4, '08 at 9:35pm

Moegreche

Moegreche

3,260 posts

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There's an article on simulated reality I read not too long ago. Basically, if the technology to create a simulated universe had ever existed, then it would be extremely probably that we are a simulated universe. The theory goes that if this were true, we would see some fundamental breakdowns in our rules - basically computer glitches. This guy claims to have found these glitches. Lemme try to find the article.

 

Posted Mar 4, '08 at 9:41pm

Moegreche

Moegreche

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Okay, here it is:
Article

It's a pdf, just so you know.
That's a good point you bring up, chili. If this is a simulation, then we need to be as interesting as we can be, so we don't get "cancelled" or anything.

 

Posted Mar 4, '08 at 9:43pm

chiliad_nodi

chiliad_nodi

652 posts

Wait, so if this is a simulated reality, can it or parts of it be terminated at any time? Or new things added.
Like: I don't like him, and he dissapears.

 

Posted Mar 4, '08 at 10:18pm

Moegreche

Moegreche

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There's another good movie called "The Thirteenth Floor" that deals with simulated realities. There are some contradictory premises in the movie, but we can blame that on Hollywood.

 

Posted Mar 4, '08 at 11:06pm

chiliad_nodi

chiliad_nodi

652 posts

Another semi-crazy but totally possible event. Where do you get this stuff. It is a lot! Oh yeah, when I watch a movie, I am constanty pointing out inaccuracies, knowing that I miss plenty. I hate the way hollywood equates explosion with fire.

 

Posted Mar 5, '08 at 11:16pm

jeraga

jeraga

12 posts

It just seems like solipsism for a new age to me.

 

Posted Mar 5, '08 at 11:44pm

izapora

izapora

117 posts

agreed.

 

Posted Mar 18, '08 at 11:28am

netrino

netrino

84 posts

well i play an online game for 8-120 hours per day!
i got a wife, 2 children, a job(at a guild like an promotion manager).....

that looks to me as a simulated reality...