The Big Idea: Is life a simulation?

NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) – As a philosophy professor at NYU, David Chalmers focuses on the concept of consciousness: questions of what the mind perceives as reality. He asks: How do we know we’re not in a simulation where everything is an illusion? How do we know we aren’t living in a simulation — a mastery of complex algorithms — creating a cosmic artificial world all set up by our ancestors or some other intelligent being? These concepts sound very red pill-blue pill Neo in the Matrix. Hod Lipson is a professor of engineering at Columbia University. He specializes in robotics. He says that the simulation theory is controversial but it is technologically possible. Possible? Really? He says that artificial intelligence is progressing at an exponential rate. 40 years…

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