Why Does Nick Bostrom Believe That The Universe May Be A Virtual Simulation?

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6. Why does Nick Bostrom believe that the universe may be a virtual simulation? Do you agree or disagree? Substantiate your answer

The famous movie trilogy “The Matrix” describes a human life by a conscious creation of a virtual machine space. And recently, a team of philosophers express that we could really live in a computer-generated universe. Nick Bostrom is one of the philosophers. He believes that our universe may be the value of life computer simulation. He believes that after our highly evolved descendants could built a program to simulate the past, as well as scenes of life of their ancestors. He thinks for a highly developed civilization which is inevitable. If this situation did not happen now, humans may never evolve into advanced civilization, and we would survive as short-lived species.

Bostrom’s basic idea is to assume that one day, our posterities would simulate future in a super computer for their ancestors. Due to the tremendous power of the computer, they could run many of simulation programs. Suppose these mock objects are present consciousness, then the vast majority of the existence of consciousness like us who are likely to be some sort of advanced civilization mock objects, rather than their physical ancestors. This is because we are suffering from lacking of knowledge. Bostrom believes that consciousness creating by computer programs can be fully equivalent to consciousness by the human brain activates.

I agree his assumption. I have a feeling…

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