Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Life as Simulation

John Tierney has written an article in the New York Times that describes Nick Bostrom's research on the possibility that our lives are actually manifestations of a computer simulation. Here's an excerpt:
Dr. Bostrom assumes that technological advances could produce a computer with more processing power than all the brains in the world, and that advanced humans, or “posthumans,” could run “ancestor simulations” of their evolutionary history by creating virtual worlds inhabited by virtual people with fully developed virtual nervous systems. (para 5)
Robin Hanson, an economist at George Mason University, [suggests that] you should try to be as interesting as possible, on the theory that the designer is more likely to keep you around for the next simulation. (para 16)
New York Times, August 14, 2007: Our Lives, Controlled From Some Guy’s Couch


detroitdog said...

This would explain why I often feel that I've done things over, and over, and over again. It also blows my theory that earth is just a big worm dropping in the compost heap of life.

I love your blogs.

Andrew Wood said...

I appreciate your kind comments! It means a lot that someone enjoys these posts.