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Published by: Tang Enping Grace on Oct 06, 2012
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Tang Enping Grace <W10> <Summary 10>

Given that our most cutting-edge technology today is always primitive and imperfect in comparison to our descendants and assuming that we are able to model the mind and simulate the entire world with enough detail, in sufficient detail, it’s hence theoretically possible to create a machine with enough computing power to create a simulation indistinguishable from our universe. Supposing that some civilisations are interested in running ancestor simulations as afore mentioned. By appealing to a flimsy principle of indifference, one might plausibly belong to a simulated mind. Since artificial minds are incapable of determining if they are in a simulation, unless given explicit knowledge by the creators, we can never verify if we belong to either category considering that our presumed universal laws may belong to the simulated reality, instead of the origin of simulations. Finally, if we achieve ancestral simulations in our extrapolated future, it proves conclusion (1) & (2) false and (3) is the only option left. 1. Homo sapiens are very likely to go extinct before achieving technological maturity 2. Technologically matured civilisations are extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history

3. We are almost certainly living in a computer simulation

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