Since childhood, everybody has grown up learning about the systems, facts, and collective knowledge of the world that have been taught in school, higher school, and college, and universities. However, it may be so that not all the things we know are factually correct. It’s rare that we think in an unconventional way and challenge that reality. However, when we do so, a whole new world of different perspectives opens up. One such hypothesis is challenging the existence of a very real with simulated reality.
What if the reality we live in is actually not real? What if the things we do every day aren’t actually our own actions but are ones that are controlled from another dimension? As strange as these questions seem, it’s fair to theoretically and scientifically assess reality checks. Here’s what the simulation hypothesis holds:
1. Our reality may not be the type of reality we perceive it to be
The foundational hypothesis that governs the overall theory of simulation is questioning the very existence of our reality. According to simulation theory, our reality is actually not a reality but a simulation. The technology or the systems behind the simulation may be so advanced that our reality feels real to us.
This essentially means that the aliveness that we feel in a reality may actually be just a simulation that’s so advanced that our existence feels real to us. In other words, our existence and the reality around us are just fabricated in an artificial dimension that may have a strong association with time and space.
2. The relation of time with simulated reality
One of the most important elements of the simulation hypothesis is time. Time is way more complex than just the tick in our clocks. When analyzed from a broader perspective, time is one of the deepest topics in science and quantum theory.
According to many simulation theory experts, one of the most important ways time may be related to our simulated existence is through subdivisions or subsidization of time. For example, what feels like a month or a year to us may just be a second or a minute in another dimension. And things maybe vice versa, and that is one single minute in our simulated reality may translate to a month’s worth of time.
3. Who is speculated to perceive our simulated reality?
According to the simulation hypothesis, if we are living under simulation and that all the reality is nothing but just a fabrication, then who is in control of the simulation? There is no single answer to this as there are several simulation theories that contradict each other in the process of explaining this process.
Many simulation theories hold that there are other highly intelligent beings that are in full control of our simulated reality. In several cases, simulation theory experts have listed extraterrestrial beings as the ones being in control of our simulation. Think of this as playing video games; modern video games have gotten so life-like to the point that we feel as if we are controlling the virtual world inside the game.
Some simulation theories contradict the above theory by saying that the simulation of our existence and reality has multiple crossovers all within the earth. This theory holds that we may unknowingly have control over one or more people’s reality and some other people may unknowingly have control over our reality. The most relevant example to ideate this concept is referring to modern disruptive technologies.
Disruptive technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data science have significantly changed the technology realm. For example, digital marketers use our data such as web browsing habits to target what’s with personalized ads.
They can source our data from databases that are either publicly or privately available. And it’s our personal devices such as our smartphone, our PC/laptop, and wearable tech such as smartwatches that serve as a portal for marketers to access our personal information without our consent.
4. Does simulated reality exist now or is it a thing of the future?
This question again has not a single answer as there are several simulation hypotheses that contradict each other. Many simulation experts believe that we are actually living in simulated reality right now.
This specific theory has gained a lot of traction especially in the online world as a prominent figure, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, conveyed that we might actually be living in a simulated reality right now. However, no major research has been done in order to prove this theory correct. Neither have they been any evidence of the existence of this theory?
On the other hand, many simulation theory experts hold that simulated reality will come into existence in the future and doesn’t currently exist right now. This type of theory holds that significant advancements in technology, which will be possible through the developments of mega computers, will help us to fabricate simulations of our reality.
Artificial intelligence technology is already developing on a fast-paced scale. so much so that technology companies have already started adopting artificial intelligence to make significant improvements in their products and services.
5. Does any form of simulation exist right now?
Yes, there are several types of simulation reality that currently exist in the world. However, these types of simulations aren’t advanced to the point that they become unfathomable. Virtual simulation is one of the common types of simulations that currently exists. Virtual simulation technology is virtual reality.
The technology essentially simulates virtual surroundings in order to create an immersive life-like experience for the users. Virtual reality technology is seeing a seeing increasing adoption in various industries, including gaming, real estate, e-commerce, and original content production.
While virtual reality technology uses 3D elements to a significant level, there are 2D simulations as well. 2D simulations are commonly used in movies, most commonly in superhero and science fiction movies. Engineers and computer scientists fabricate virtual scenarios that aren’t possible to achieve using real-world elements. Or even if it is achievable, the production cost becomes very high.