If the world was one long moving walkway, it would seem very clear which way to go.
You could hop on, enjoy the sights around you, and head to where you need to go automatically. No stress, minimal effort, and in the right directions: forward.
If the moving walkway represented time, you would assume it was linear, that is, a straight line from A to B.
What if, instead of a moving walkway, you were presented with a carousel that went around and around, and up and down? Or a roller coaster that inched slowly upward and picked up speed and momentum on its way to the bottom? Maybe it’s a lake whose waves rippled out in all directions.
Whichever way you go, it’s important to pay attention. The journey is the experience of moving through time and space, without it we only have point A and point B.
The notion that all humans may in fact be living in a simulated reality was first posed by Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom. If this is true, then you may just be in one yourself.
Ever wonder about all of the people who play as extras in your life? The background talent with no speaking roles who walk past you in the street or stand near you at the crossing. We’ve seen how AI and machine learning can adapt to its environment, perhaps these people are part of a much larger algorithm originating from a much more powerful computer. What if that computer was from the future?
When we play the guitar, the vibration of the strings cause a range of harmonics which delight us with different sounds. In reality however, these range of harmonics are a series of waves causing a physical interference in the atmosphere and are absorbed by our eardrums which in turn render the sensation of sound.
Will any computer of the future be able to calculate super intelligent AI and, if so, how will humans develop it to learn from our own emotions?
Despite what is real and what is not, it is worth appreciating it and all the simulated people around you every day that you’re here.