Living in a Computer Simulation

Fascinating article from Nick Bostrom of the Oxford philosophy department. This idea, or a very similar one, was widely covered in the news a few months ago.

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.

To me, this is more evidence of technology causing convergence. Religion, philosophy and computers, in this case…

1.12.2008 at 6:44 pm