Neil deGrasse Tyson says that we could be living in a simulated reality
World renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson opines that we could be living in a simulated reality echoing SpaceX’s chief Elon Musk, who sometime back estimated the odds of living in simulation to be one in a billionth.
The argument, however, was centered on video games in which simulated realities can be generated. Nevertheless, the odds, as Musk had put it across, cannot be ruled out – that we are all characters in a simulated reality.
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And it was the same logic which Tyson voiced speaking on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday,
The astrophysicist observed that in the case of a highly advanced computing ability coupled by such progressive technology, even neuro-synaptic firings could be simulated, making the environment real to the character.
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“If you have tremendous computing power, you could simulate every possible thing that could occur, including the neuro-synaptic firings in the characters that you create. So in that sense, what is to stop you from thinking that the characters you created are themselves real,” Tyson was quoted speaking by CNBC.
“Now, if you have created this world, and the world has built into it a kind of pseudo free will, maybe those characters will say ‘I want to create a simulation.’ So they create simulations within the simulations. Step back from and ask how many total simulations are there — how many total worlds are there — out there? There is one real world and everything else is a simulation, which are you more likely to be in?” he went on to ask.
On the other hand, while such arguments emerge from the logic that is founded on our scientific knwoledge, there have been no definitive evidence supporting such notions so far.
Neil deGrasse Tyson had played a significant role in the demotion Pluto a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 2006.
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