Hello! Welcome to the first ever Theoretical Thursday! I’m Navnit and this is my Day To Day! TheoreticalTheoretical Thursdays deals with all the crazy theories that was floating around in my head and around the Internet. From fatal theories to fantastical ones. Dealing with the cosmos or dealing with crazy connections linking the story lines of two or more movies together. People love to theorize and I’d love to write about them, so read on if you’re interested…
Before we go any further let’s define the term Theory. The English Websters Dictionary…
You know what? I don’t really care about what the Websters Dictionary has to say. When I say the word Theory I say it in two contexts. One is a jargon, used in science; theory or hypothesis is a statement that the aim of an experiment is to find the conclusion of.
The second Theory is an idea that you put forth to you peers, in this case my readers, to posit or refute that idea.
Sometimes I think about things on a cosmic scale; what is the universe? Where is the universe? Why is the universe? Why are we even doing ….?
I didn’t mean to get that philosophical that quickly, but I do think about these things and I’m sure I’m not the only one. At least I hope not.
But religion is not our topic today, is it? That’s for Saturday. Today is Theoretical so let’s discuss some theories shall we. Well one theory in particular. The Matrix Theory.
The Matrix Theory
Yes yes yes. This theory is not new nor is it unknown but I think it still merits talking about. In two short years The Matrix will be a twenty year old movie. Twenty years and I would still remember every beat of that movie, while something like the Deep Blue Sea, a movie that was successful and a good watch has only one scene that people remember with clarity and frankly if it wasn’t for Watchmojo lists maybe I wouldn’t remember that either.
That’s the question isn’t it? How does Neo figure it out? It is explained in subtext but he encounters an anomaly and follows paths, rumors and hidden trails that lead him to a name; Morpheus.
This is a failing on the part of the Machines as their software is not perfect. It allows people to see glitches and corrupted data that implies that something is wrong with the world.
Can it happen?
Playstation VR and the Oculus Rift. Two of the most well known VR platforms out there. It’s not even funny how easy it is to immerse yourself in a VR game and feel like we’re actually in the game. And this is with just our two senses compromised; sight and sound.
Imagine the possibilities when all of our senses are plugged in. That is the way modern gaming is walking towards, there are treadmills that are designed to hold you up as you walk forwards in VR, they allow you to strafe and walk in any direction you want making the use of a controller not necessary. There are VR Arenas that have replaced Lazer Tag rinks where you can put on a VR headset and go around shooting people in a virtual world designed to fit the plans of the rink.
Mr Bostroms paper states that we are subdued by a simulated reality, controlled by far evolved beings human or otherwise…
One such example is the Fermi Paradox, which states that with the vast amount of the universe being discovered every single minute of the day, it is highly improbable that no extraterrestrial life exists and yet it is equally perplexing that they have not made any contact with us.
… is just Green Screen!
Anyway Musk said in an interview with the Telegraph that there is only one in a billionth chance that we are not living in a simulation. Now hokeys like me on the Internet saying stuff like this you can just wave your hands and watch us pass by but when the actual Jesus of Technology, his highness the Musk says something like this, you take notice.
Okay, I’m going to try and decipher what he is saying in this article but please feel free to visit the site which holds the interview article because he speaks in technical jargon that just soars over my stupid head.
So if we keep on progressing and advancing soon we would develop immersive gaming that allows us to live and breath in the games universe. Now ten thousand years into the future at the same rate of improvement it is very likely that each and every home would have a gaming box that would allow full life immersion down to the basic level.
Now the scary part. To consider the alternative, that we are not in a simulation we have to consider that fact that civilization stops advancing anywhere from now till ten thousand plus years and the only way to stop civilization from advancing is…? Gulp!
We might as well hope that we’re in a simulation as the alternative now seems more terrifying than the theory.
How can it be done.
The understanding of the Human mind, we have that. But manipulating it is another thing entirely.
- What I would suggest would be an environmentally controlled room with a harness and VR. The room would provide the feel for the scene, wind in my eyes, sun on my back, water over my feet, all that sort of thing. Smells wouldn’t be that difficult as tech for it exists and the VR would provide the rest. Solve the taste problem and you have your first ever immersive Matrix come together like magic!
- Speaking of Magic; why does the virtual world we live in have to be a result of technology. We don’t know what the real world is actually about. For all we know the outside world could be a wand waving magical utopia and we are being trapped in the Earth world by the overlords so that they could run the Utopia as they see fit. In this case there would be no debate about when technology could advance enough to make this reality possible. A spell or enchantment would be all that would be needed to put us into our beauty sleep and keep us entertained with our Googles and our Facebooks and our Netflixes. This theory could also apply if we are being controlled by Alien overlords. Think back to the first Independence Day, how the Aliens had psionic abilities, able to mind meld and whatnot. How difficult would then it be to manipulate our minds through that ability and influence our thoughts and realities.
Why Would It Happen?
The other and kind of weird idea involves another theory that I’ll get into more detail on another Thursday. The Self Centered Theory (is what I call it).
As it is, can any of my readers right now prove the existence of anybody around you? If all of your senses are compromised then how do you tell if your family, friends even strangers on the streets are real or imaginary.
You are real, that much you know and can prove to yourself, but how do you tell if your spouse is real? This is a very dangerous thought process as unstable people in the past have thought that they were trapped in a virtual world and actually murdered people to get Out of the Matrix so to speak.
And yet you can’t do it. With all your senses compromised there’s no way to know if the people you speak to are programs, simulated people like yourself or not trapped in a Matrix at all. But if we take the idea in to regard, then there is a very real possibility that the only one stuck in a simulation is YOU.
The rest of us are not real, me writing this post is just a program doing what it’s supposed to do.
Do you actually remember being born? No. None of us do, the first few years of our lives are completely lost to us and so we could have been born or we could have been installed in a simulation.
Or you could be the outerworlds Doomsday, an unrestrained unstable monster that can’t die, so they trapped your mind in this mediocre world so as to not be a danger to everyone around you.
If your senses are compromised how do you tell what’s real or not? The answer to that question, we may never know.
If Elon Musk is to be believed, then we are doomed either way, a sunny disposition on life that man has, but you can’t deny his logic.