Elon Musk: Pong is proof that we live in a simulation
Elon Musk used the 1970 video game Pong as proof that the world in which we live is just a simulation very detailed computer. In fact, the graphical improvements of the last few years would show that the possibility of creating a virtual world indistinguishable from the real one is high.
For Elon Musk we live in a simulation, Pong is the proof
The Twitter account simply posted a historic date for the gaming world. The November 29, 1972 infact Atari He released Pongthe first video game to be truly commercially successful.
Musk responded by throwing it on philosophy. In fact he wrote: “49 years later, games are photorealistic 3D worlds. What does it imply this trend for our reality?“
49 years later, games are photo-realistic 3D worlds. What does that trend continuing imply about our reality?
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 30, 2021
In the past, Musk had announced they would support the “Hypothesis of the simulation“, Postulated by the philosopher Nick Bostrom in an article from 2003. Which argues that in the future the capabilities of computers will be such as to allow future generations to recreate simulations of their ancestors. This thought experiment wondered if it would be possible distinguish physical from virtual reality. A challenge to our ability to reason, which takes up that of “brain in the tub” from Putnam and he wants to investigate how our consciousness works, rather than prove that it is all inside the Matrix.
Musk, however, took the philosopher at his word, asserting that al 99.99% we are in a universor simulated, not in a real one. A statement that cannot be logically contested in any way, because it assumes that the two worlds are indistinguishable from each other. A logical pitfall that means that, in fact, no one can claim that Musk is wrong.
The fact that this year Musk’s startup Neuralink allowed a monkey playing Pong with thinkingHowever, they may be better proof that we are living in a video game. Where the programmers are doing a beta test with some really weird missions.