The simulation theory is the idea that we’re living in a simulation like a computer game. The argument goes like this
One day scientists will invent a computer that’s so powerful that it’ll be able to build a perfect simulation of the world and fill it with perfectly realistic people like the Sims only a billion times better.
If this ever happens then the scientists will build more than one and they’ll probably run lots of these perfect simulation.
Let’s assume all that happens. What’s more likely that we’re living in the one true reality or that we’re just characters living in one of the millions of simulations? Obviously its more likely were living in one of the simulations.
I think it’s likely that we’re in a simulation because technology is growing so fast that there is no reason not to think scientists will invent this super powerful computer one day. In less than 80 years computers have gone from Alan Turing’s colossos which could do about 5000 operations a second to the Japanese Fugaku super computer which can do 415 petaflops per second (that’s 4 quintillion, 150 quadrillion - or 4,150,000,000,000,000,000 - operations per second!). And that took just 80 years!
Also computer power growth is exponential which means most of that growth happened in the last few years and the next few years progress will be even faster. Given all that, there’s no way we can predict what kind of computers will have in say 500 years. For all we know people in the future might be able to run simulations with an app on their phones. It sounds crazy, but if we went back to 1940 and told someone that in 2020 we’d be watching movies on our phones that would’ve sounded crazy too.
So that’s why I think we’re probably living in a simulation. If that’s true, does it matter what we do? If I know I can steal from you without getting caught, why shouldn’t I do it? You’re not real I’m not real and the moneys not real so what does it matter? If this belief became widespread do you think it would have bad consequences for society?