Why you might be living in a “Matrix”

Are we living in a computer generated “Matrix”?  If so, why would machines, or our future descendants, build such a “Matrix”?  One of my favorite modern philosophers and great minds, Nick Bostrom,  tackles these very questions in “Why a Matrix? And why you might be in one.”

“Why might they choose to build a Matrix like our reality? One can think of many possible reasons—setting aside the daft idea of using human brains as batteries. But perhaps future historians would create a Matrix that mimicked the history of their own species. They might do this to find out more about their past, or to explore counter-factual historical scenarios. In the world of the Architect(s), Napoleon may have succeeded in conquering Europe, and our world might be a Matrix created to research what would have happened if Napoleon had been defeated. Or perhaps there will be future artists who create Matrices as an art form much like we create movies and operas. Or perhaps the tourist industry will create simulations of interesting historical epochs so that their contemporaries can go on themed holidays to some bygone age by entering into the simulation and interacting with its inhabitants. The possible motives are myriad, and if future people are anything like present people, and if they have the technological might and the legal right to create Matrices, we would expect that many Matrices would be created, including ones that would look like the world that we are experiencing.”

Read the rest here.
Big Thanks to NickBostrom.com for the great article!


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