Billionaire Tesla head Elon Musk recently told a tech conference in California that the chance is "one in billions" that we are not living in a simulated world.
In other words, it's almost a certainty that we're all walking around in something akin to The Matrix - a computer-generated reality run but artificial intelligence - right this minute and the majority of us don't even realize it.
He also said we should actually hope it is true because if it isn't, it means we're doomed to destruction by some other calamitous event.
Musk is not the only person to suggest this. Science fiction writer Philip K. Dick told the Metz Sci-Fi Convention in France the same thing back in 1977:
Dick said this explains the odd sense of de'ja' vu we all have from time-to-time.
The difference is, Musk is a respected billionaire and everyone seems fascinated by or at least, they aren't letting on they think his suggestion is in any way out of the realm of possible. By contrast, while Dick was also a respected sci-fi writer, when he gave the audience his opinion about The Matrix, they all sort of looked at him like he was nuts
Considering the upside down bizarre way the world is run, it almost makes sense somehow. At the very least, one could argue that something like the movie Surrogates with Bruce Willis is coming once virtual reality becomes the main platform.
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