From the increasing desperation of Silicon Valley types to stay relevant, an accidental insight:
â€œThereâ€™s a billion to one chance weâ€™re living in base reality,â€ [Elon Musk] said at a conference in June.
Musk is just one of the people in Silicon Valley to take a keen interest in the â€œsimulation hypothesisâ€, which argues that what we experience as reality is actually a giant computer simulation created by a more sophisticated intelligence.
Gosh, that sounds familiar. Our world is a subset of a larger world in which some other force — physical, informational or metaphysical — is watching us to see how we react to stimulus. It is curious about what choices we make.
Seems as if the tech world has discovered a monist God and does not yet know it. This accidental insight provides fertile ground for future theologians: if we think our world is a simulation, and we presuppose a superior intelligence is doing it, what does it hope to achieve? Does it care about what we do, or are we part of the maintenance of a complex order?