The theory of the matrix has existed since ancient times, which quite logically leads to the question, or maybe everything that happens is some kind of simulation? Is there any way to prove it?
Since the 1990s, researchers in the natural and social sciences have used computer simulations to answer certain questions, such as wars or political systems. The quality of these simulations varies due to the limitations of computers.
But what if these technological limitations did not exist? Philosopher Nick Bostrom raised the issue in 2003, suggesting that humanity lives in a matrix simulation created by a more advanced civilization.
Bostrom argued that if it is believed that humanity will be able to perform many advanced simulations compared to its predecessors, then there is reason to believe that humanity is now in a simulation of a future civilization.
This can lead to the fact that the number of fictitious people will exceed the number of opposites. If so, chances are high that it is a simulation.
Simulation hypothesis: the hypothesis that the reality around us is a simulation. To make the simulation look realistic for the recipient, the program adjusts to his perception, forming material objects, the mind and consciousness of the recipient.
The main work in this area is the article by Nick Bostrom “The Simulation Proof”, published in 2003 in the journal “Philosophical Quarterly”.
The earth would be just one of many matrices. Some experts claim that this could be a project to study the history of mankind.
As Nobel Prize-winning physicist George Smoot explained, “If you are an anthropologist and historian and want to understand the rise and fall of civilizations, you need to run a lot of simulations involving millions or billions of people.”
Can the discovery of a simulation destroy the universe?
While this may seem like a strange theory, it has many important followers. Perhaps the most recognizable is the American inventor Elon Musk.
Also in 2012, inspired by Bostrom’s work, physicists at the University of Washington conducted an empirical experiment. While the details are intricate, the basic idea is simple: Some simulations of the universe made on modern computers produce characteristic anomalies.
For example, there are control flaws in the behavior of simulated cosmic rays. Physicists suggest that by looking more closely at the universe’s cosmic rays, comparable anomalies could be seen, which would be evidence of life in the simulation.
Between 2017 and 2018, similar experiments were proposed with the promising claim that physics is capable of proving life in the matrix. So far, no experiment has proven anything.
But, some scientists assure, it is better to never do them, since their implementation can lead to the destruction of the Universe.
If a researcher wants to test the effectiveness of a new drug, it is important that recruits do not know if they are being given the drug or a placebo. If volunteers find out what they are given, then the test loses its meaning.
The same example was applied by Preston Green, an associate professor of philosophy at Nanyang Technological University.
“If our universe was created by an advanced civilization for research purposes, it goes without saying that it is important for researchers that we do not find that we are in a simulation. If we prove that we are living in a simulation, this could lead our creators to stop the simulation – they will destroy the world,” he said.
Although, most likely, the proposed experiments will not prove anything. In that case, nothing will happen. But that won’t stop further research.
Therefore, the hidden danger always remains. In addition, not a single physicist who exhibited simulation experiments considered the consequences of their work to be catastrophic.
This is somewhat surprising, since Bostrom himself directly pointed to destruction as the cause of the disappearance of mankind.
Discovering that we are living in the matrix can be dangerous, so we face the complex scenario of living in ignorance, or move on and be destroyed by our own curiosity.