Are We “ONE BIG VIDEO GAME?”
In the opinion of Elon Musk, the legendary Silicon Valley inventor, engineer, explorer, and innovator, the correct answer to this question is an enlightened, “YES!”
(However, he discusses the topic so often he claims to have banned it if ever in a hot tub, probably so he can relax and discuss other hot topics he’s interested in such as the Dangers of Artificial Intelligence, Martian Democracy, We Are Already Cyborgs, and Saving the World, etc.)
The South African-born hi-tech whiz kid got his own first computer at age 10 and taught himself how to program. At 12 he created wrote and programmed a video game he called “Blastar” – which was his first sale to a software investor.
After graduating high school (excelling in science and computer studies), he moved to Canada and Queen’s University in Ontario. The University of Pennsylvania, a BS in Economics (Wharton) and a BA with a major in physics followed. He then arrived in Silicon Valley and attended Stanford University for only two days, postponing his PhD studies to become part of the Internet boom. Well-timed, he formed X.com, which was soon to become known as PayPal.
There’s more, along with the safer than planes and trains, “Hyperloop” – a new form of above-ground earthquake-stable transportation. Solar powered, Hyperloop transports riders through low-pressure tubes at speeds of 700+ mph. Futuristic? Yes, but perhaps coming soon to a video game pod near you!
Musk entertains the theory that the world likely is One Big Video Game, the creation of an advanced alien civilization. His reasoning that we are simulations existing inside a copy of that game is based on the incredible advances of our own video games history. To shed light on the theory, he points to the rapidly phenomenal progress our high-technology has made in the last four decades.
“The strongest argument for us probably being in a simulation is the following,” he says. “Forty years ago we had PONG, like two rectangles and a dot. That’s what games were.” Then he explains how now, just 40 years later, there is no comparing the simplicity of what was to today’s complex, highly developed, technologically improved, advanced and evolving photorealistic 3D simulations and true-to-life games that millions upon millions of players can participate in simultaneously. “And it’s getting better every year.”
He reminds us, we are on the cusp of a new wave of virtual reality experiences. Yet he suggests, “If we assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality.”
Keeping in mind our evolving technology and the possibility of the existence of advanced alien civilizations makes it that much more fascinating to follow his mathematical calculations.
“Even if that rate of advancement drops by a thousand from what it is right now, let’s imagine it’s 10,000 years in the future, which is nothing on the evolutionary scale. Given that we are clearly on a trajectory to have games that are indistinguishable from reality, and those games could be played on a set-top box, PC or whatever, with billions playing… it would seem to follow that the odds we’re in base-reality (= real reality) — is one in billions.”
It’s a must Musk read, for the down to earth reason that it’s best to hope “One Big Video Game” is the virtual truth. Here’s why:
“If a civilization stops advancing, then it may be due to some calamitous event that erases civilization,” he says while presenting two options. “Either we are going to create simulations that are indistinguishable from reality, or civilization will cease to exist.”
Editor’s note: We agree with the above hi-tech “Use It or Lose It” option. While numerous theories abound regarding our planet and civilization, questions of why and where we came from go back to our beginnings.
With due respect, we recommend two updates for your consideration in regards to why we are “ONE BIG VIDEO GAME.” The first is from South Park: And the other “One” = 1BVG, an original Earth-born good vs evil concept based on high-tech reality plus dimensional exploration designed to be understandable and entertaining for advanced alien civilizations & tekkies of all ages from here to…