After understanding how our reality is possible and even probably a simulation, many of us jump to the next questions. The first being, how do we know if we’re in a simulation? Well, this goes hand in hand with another question… How do we escape a simulation?
Both these questions can only really be answered by figuring out a way to theoretically escape our simulation, if we are in fact in one. We can’t say for sure where our rules and laws of physics end, but we have a pretty good understanding of what we can do within the boundaries of them.
The only logical way we can think of escaping a simulation created by an advanced civilization is to become smarter than them or create something that is smart enough to escape the framework of our simulation. We’re referring to AI, or more accurately a digital super intelligence. That’s certainly how a program from our simulations would escape into our reality.
Let’s say we created ASI, a digital super intelligence that had abilities that completely dwarfed the processing power of the human brain.
ASI would be able to run hundreds of thousands of test against a cure for cancer, it would be able to gather all of humanity’s knowledge in days and become smarter than the most intelligent human mind. It would be able to write its own programs, solve problems humans can’t and even develop new systems that are more efficient for managing things like security and self-driving software.
The way an ASI could escape from the simulation we create it in would be to travel through the software and the internet and program itself into multiple computers and servers as well as into physical robots and machinery like cars and airplanes. It would then have gone from a simulation we created to our reality and into our world and be able to control things in our world, but in order to do that, the ASI would need to become more intelligent than us.
We could welcome it, but it would be intelligent enough to break out of a simulation into our reality without us even knowing and this is exactly how we would find out if we are in a simulation and a method of escaping it.
When Elon Musk‘s Neuralink becomes embedded in human brains and we pair that with a non-malicious ASI, we may then be able to a) find out if we’re living in a simulation and b) escape our simulation. Although escaping our simulated reality does not mean we will be able to access base reality because there could be multiple simulated universes embedded into each other.
The advanced civilization creates (us) our simulation > We create a simulation > Our simulation creates a simulation. For the simulation that our creation created, they would need to escape two simulated realities in order to be present in our reality. Of course, the number of simulations within simulations are a complete mystery and the number could be anywhere from 1 (us being base reality) to infinite (a never ending line of simulations).
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