Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, was asked a question during a interview at the Code Conference that sought his opinion on whether there was a possibility life was an elaborate simulation created by a sufficiently advanced civilization. Put more simply, could life just be a video game?
Musk notes that in a short span of 40 years, our own technological advances have allowed the basic building blocks of Pong to evolve into the almost lifelike graphics within virtual reality. He predicts that due to the current rate of progress, games will likely become indistinguishable from reality. Thus, for Musk, the possibility of humankind currently residing in a base reality is one in billions. “That seems to be clearly what it suggests,” Musk said. “And arguably we should hope that that’s true, because otherwise if civilization stops advancing, then that may be due to some calamitous event that erases civilization.”
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You can watch the entirety of the interview here, where Musk also predicts colonists will reach Mars by 2025.
We want to know what you think. Could life just be a masterfully crafted game of The Sims?