Return to Website

Number Watch Web Forum

This forum is about wrong numbers in science, politics and the media. It respects good science and good English.

Forum: Number Watch Web Forum
Start a New Topic 
Belief in "The Matrix"

A few months ago the tech billionaire Elon Musk was reported as having made the surprising claim in an interview that it was virtually certain that the world as we know it is actually a computer simulation of reality, an idea given prominence in the 1999 science fiction film "The Matrix". Many people probably thought Musk was simply trying to be interesting and controversial in an interview, but there have been further news stories in the last few weeks which suggest the whole idea is taken much more seriously than might be expected by the contemporary elite.

The most recent story is that two tech billionaires (a reasonable guess would be that one of them is Musk) are funding research work into trying to break humanity out of the computer simulation:


A bit more disturbing I think is that the financial community is also taking the computer simulation idea somewhat seriously. The Bank of America is reported as having recently issued a report to some of its clients estimating that there is a 20 to 50% chance of our world actually being a computer simulation:


Much of the work of the financial community seems to consist of looking at events and making arbitrary judgements as to whether the event reduces or increases confidence in the future. If you throw in the idea that we're really living in a Matrix-style computer simulation into the mix of various things that the financial community is concerned about, who knows what the effect of that is going to be on stock exchanges going up and down.

Re: Belief in "The Matrix" - by Dave Gardner - Nov 6, 2016 4:20pm
Re: Belief in "The Matrix" - by JMW - Nov 13, 2016 4:14pm
Re: Belief in "The Matrix" - by Dave Gardner - Nov 15, 2016 4:17pm