I think therefore I am
Date: Monday, September 05, 2016 @ 18:45:41 EDT
Via BBC.com: We might live in a computer program, but it may not matter. Several physicists have suggested that our Universe is not real and is instead a giant simulation. Should we care?
..."The Universe can be regarded as a giant quantum computer," says Seth Lloyd of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. "If one looks at the 'guts' of the Universe – the structure of matter at its smallest scale – then those guts consist of nothing more than [quantum] bits undergoing local, digital operations."
This gets to the nub of the matter. If reality is just information, then we are no more or less "real" if we are in a simulation or not. In either case, information is all we can be.
Does it make a difference if that information were programmed by nature
or by super-intelligent creators? It is not obvious why it should –
except that, in the latter case, presumably our creators could in
principle intervene in the simulation, or even switch it off. How should
we feel about that?
Tegmark, mindful of this possibility, has recommended that we had all better go out and do interesting things with our lives, just in case our simulators get bored...
Read this fascinating article here: http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160901-we-might-live-in-a-computer-program-but-it-may-not-matter