Are you living in a computer simulation? 2005-04-05

From Are You Living in a Computer Simulation?:

This paper argues that at least one of the following propositions is true: (1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage; (2) any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof); (3) we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation. It follows that the belief that there is a significant chance that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor-simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation. A number of other consequences of this result are also discussed.

A fascinating read.

(And no, despite the hype, the Matrix was by far the first treatment of this kind of subject in sci-fi)

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