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Are You Living In a Computer Simulation?

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This paper argues that at least one of the following propositions is true: (1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage; (2) any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof); (3) we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation. ...more
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Excessive and lengthy study of the subject can raise doubts about reality.

Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review. Just if you might be interested.

GTA is a term. Moreover, only a game. Alternatively? Suppose you were the character. When the figure is in a place, the place begins to exist. When you move your head, reality appears in real time. The other characters of the other players develop in parallel and follow their daily routine. Eve
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Martin Krauskopf
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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For some reasons, as a layman in the topics, I thought that the essay would be, to some extend, easy reading - only until I had immersed into the paper. As one gets into the core of the document argumentation gets gradually more complex. Furthermore terms like "substrate-independence", "weak indifference principle", "functionalism", "computationalism", "sub-neuronal level", "principle of indifference", "Doomsday argument", etc. start to pop up. The essay explains some terms to a certain level di ...more
Mike
Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
It is no wonder Musk and others reference this work. The logic is sound and it seems pretty convincing to believe that the safest bet is not only to believe you yourself are not real, but there is actually a God afterall, although he probably answers to his God...and it's turtles all the way down.
Karnika Kapoor
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Touche!
Logan
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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4 stars

When I first started reading this paper, it seemed just a bit too technical for me. Words like "doomsday theory" and "belief-states" made a bit nervous about my choice for today. However, once you get past the probability theory and the computational calculations, this philosophical points made are quite compelling and make you think deeply about the world around you.

The three points it aims to show, from the abstract, are that either:

1) we will not reach a post-h
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Eric
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
My takeaways:
If we accept that 1) consciousness is substrate independent and 2) computational power will continue increasing, the argument that we are in a simulation is quite compelling.
Paula
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nao-ficcao
Eu não acreditava até começar a ler, mas agora tudo fez sentido, chega a ser ridículo de tanto sentido que fez.
Rohit Jain
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
During World War 2, Konrad Zuse, a German mathematician working for Nazi government, after inventing the first electronically programmable computer Z3, put forth the concept of Digital Physics. This infant field of physics had then postulated that the entire universe is nothing but a computer and it follows a certain algorithm.

This premise has gained wide acceptance today, and Nick Bostrom's paper is a further exploration of this idea.

Whilst reading this article, I came upon this brilliant ide
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Douglas Oliveira
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Skies turned red, sunlight vanished and a new paradigm shift rushed blood tempestuously throughout my brains and chest: Is it real or am I dreaming about it?

Now it's a worldwide subject, great in relevance and worth noted by the widespread media in every corner. Since its inception, few people knows the deepest and implications of Bostrom's theory (albeit it's not from him the first touches on the matters). Whet am Daht movie from October '73 scrapped slowly in this subject through m
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Mati Roy
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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See the website, it has a lot of interesting content: http://www.simulation-argument.com/
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Nick Bostrom is Professor at Oxford University, where he is the founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute. He also directs the Strategic Artificial Intelligence Research Center. He is the author of some 200 publications, including Anthropic Bias (Routledge, 2002), Global Catastrophic Risks (ed., OUP, 2008), Human Enhancement (ed., OUP, 2009), and Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies (OUP, 2014), a New York Timeincluding Anthropic ...more
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