Elon Musk thinks it’s almost certain that we’re living in some version of The Matrix. In fact, he believes there is a “one in billions chance” that reality as we know it is not a computer simulation.
SpaceX chief Elon Musk recently expounded on the idea during an interview for a popular podcast.
“If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then games will be indistinguishable from reality, or civilization will end. One of those two things will occur,” Musk said. “Therefore, we are most likely in a simulation, because we exist.”
“I think most likely — this is just about probability — there are many, many simulations,” he added. “You might as well call them reality, or you could call them multiverse.”
“Why would you make a simulation that’s boring? You’d make a simulation that’s way more interesting than base reality,” Musk said, citing the video games and movies that humanity makes, which are “distillation[s] of what’s interesting about life.”
It’s a mind blowing thought. Let that sink in for a second: The man who warned about the dangers of artificial intelligence believes we can all be artificially intelligent beings.
You can watch the entire video on The Joe Rogan Experience’s YouTube page.