One of the most followed scientific “influencers” in tik tok he is Javier SantaolalaPhD in particle physics and one of the most famous Spanish-speaking conductors of science in recent years for his work on social networks.
In one of his videos, he asked an interesting question: What if the world didn’t exist and everything was a simulation?
Tiktoker explains that what this will demonstrate is not a “crazy theory” or the invention of those who usually hunt the Internet and it does not lead to a real answer. The scientist put forward a hypothesis based on the study of a scientific philosopher.
Or not, He gives as an example the technological advancements in animation and the formation of gigantic universes in impressive detail within computer programs. Technology has come to create extraordinary simulations that compete with reality at a level never seen before.
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Think, for example, of The Sims [popular juego de simulación]. Each character has its own movement, story and life. It clearly doesn’t exist, it’s not real, it’s not self-conscious. But,What would happen if one day we made a real simulation that these characters can feel?. That we are able to create our own intelligence. A symbol that is capable of acquiring feelings, cognition, self-awareness, and feeling their presence,” he commented.
In the example of this game where not only the character’s house is built, but also the actions that need to be taken in order to “live” his life, he comments on the hypothetical state that he will come to “live”. What will happen to this character? And most importantly, what will happen to us as creators and controllers?
Although it sounds like science fiction, technological advances can lead us to this point. “Deep down, the computer and the brain are not very different. If that day comes, the day we are able to create an organism on the computer and finally get it working… we will have a problem.”
At this point, it was Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom’s theory, which states that if this event occurred, it would appear that we ourselves are simulated. “If consciousness could be created in a computer and no barrier was found to prevent it, then the simulated being would create its own simulation; that is more, and their children more and more. There would be many infinities,” the philosopher puts it.
Looking at this, Santaulala wonders: “What is most likely to be a real first or rather a simulated one?. This question is the central point of Bostrom’s theorem, where opening the possibility can easily cause the result to create another possibility, and thus make the probability of its origin negligible.
“The ability to create simulations makes you simulate yourself.. The scientist concludes that the world follows mathematical rules and that space and time are quantified, which doesn’t help,” leaving a feeling of uncertainty about the original question.
Do you guys think you are in a simulator?