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Scientific Paper: "Scientists: Are we living in a computer simulation?"

 
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Scientific Paper: "Scientists: Are we living in a computer simulation?"
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Interesting stuff!
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SEATTLE — It sounds like a scene out of "The Matrix": sentient machines create an alternate reality to subdue the human population, all while using the humans' body heat and electrical activity for gain. But researchers say it is a possibility worth considering.

Researchers at the University of Washington say they have found a way to test whether human beings are actually living in a Matrix-like computer-simulated world created by sentient beings.

The idea came from a 2003 paper published in Philosophical Quarterly by Nick Bostrom, a philosophy professor at the University of Oxford. Bostrom focused on the idea of the posthuman, a type of future being that was once human, but whose capacities exceed those of present humans to the point that it can no longer be classified as such.

Bostrom said one of three things has to be true:

The human species is likely to go extinct before reaching a "posthuman" stage.
Any posthuman civilization is very unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of its evolutionary history.
We are almost certainly living in a computer simulation.
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Re: Scientific Paper: "Scientists: Are we living in a computer simulation?"
crazy to think about!
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Re: Scientific Paper: "Scientists: Are we living in a computer simulation?"
That explains why I'm always searching for the question...because everyone knows the answer...same as I do.

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