Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Are angels really AIs sent to adviser us on behalf of the programmers amenable for our creation? MIT computer scientist Rizwan Virk tackles these extraordinary questions and many more in his new book ‘Simulation Hypothesis.’


This adventuresome book work speculates the origins of reality, claiming it’s most likely we’re in a computer simulation. In doing so, Virk draws on his vast ability of breakthrough physics, computer science, philosophy, Eastern religion, video games, and science fiction. The result is a acute – though sometimes agitated – altercation adjoin the idea we’re living in an cold reality.

As to why he wrote the book, Virk, in its introduction, says:

Despite apprehensive about the simulation antecedent for many years, it wasn’t until VR and AI accomplished their accepted level of composure that I could see a clear path to how we might advance all-embracing simulations like the one depicted in The Matrix, which led me to write this book.

Before he’s even accomplished said introduction, Virk’s accelerated hypothesizing manages to apparently debunk God, claim angels might be AIs, and explain that we’re all probably characters in a giant massively multiplayer online role arena game (MMORPG).

This isn’t a bunch of wild abstract anticipation bubbles though. ‘Simulation Hypothesis’ takes into annual the gravitas of antecedent work, including Nick Bostrom’s ‘The Simulation Argument,’ and has plenty to add of its own. Virk’s nuanced descriptions of the breakthrough cosmos at work are both advisory and abating – his optimism and action for science make the existential apropos a bit easier to swallow.

The core of Virk’s altercation seems to be that he’s decided, after decades of accurate thought, that we’re all living in a video game. He writes:

I call this great video game the “Great Simulation” because this basic absoluteness appears to be duplicate from concrete reality.

Virk then explains what it would take to reach the “Simulation Point,” the moment in time in which a computer simulation on par with that from “The Matrix” becomes technologically possible. He also discusses how breakthrough computers will aid in this endeavor by abbreviation real problems into those that can be solved by computers, “… even particles in nature start to look less like concrete altar and more like information.”

But conceivably the most absorbing thing about Virk’s work is how he ties adoration and science calm to make the case for an able designer. Adoration and science are intrinsically bound in Virk’s world-view. He treats both as amenable parties in our species’ quest to break the universe’s mysteries. In a affiliate comparing absoluteness to our dreams, and those dreams to Eastern spiritualism surrounding the idea of “Maya,” that absoluteness itself is a dream, he points out:

Not only does the simulation antecedent accommodate a rational, science-based account for the things that religious traditions have been cogent us for years, it also provides explanations for phenomena that have been alien by the modern science. These accommodate near-death adventures (NDEs), out-of-body-experiences (OBEs), UFOs, synchronicity, and deja vu, among others.

If ‘Simulation Hypothesis’ sounds a bit too much like science fiction for your taste, keep in mind that smart speakers like Alexa and Siri were the fodder of fiction until just a few short years ago. We all bethink that Cortana was originally a appearance in the game right?

No matter whether it’s real or just a bunch of data on a server, what we call absoluteness could be headed for a affecting archetype shift as we enter the age of computer cartoon duplicate from our accustomed ambiance and apparatus acquirements systems active on breakthrough algorithms. Our aggregate views on adherence and what’s accessible within the realms of science and rational anticipation could apparently use some updating.

You can get your copy of Rizwan Virk’s “Simulation Hypothesis” on Amazon here for just $8.99 on Kindle.

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