Written by well known Silicon Valley entrepreneur and MIT educated computer scientist Rizwan Virk, The Simulation Hypothesis brings together disparate fields to explore one of the most daring and consequential theories of our time The Simulation Hypothesis Whether you are a computer scientist, a fan of science fiction like the Matrix movies, a video game enthusiast, or a spiritual seeker, The Simulation Hypothesis touches on all these areas The Simulation Hypothesis is the idea that our physical reality, far from being a solid physical universe, is part of an increasingly sophisticated video game like simulation, consisting of pixels with its own internal clock.In the Simulation Hypothesis, the mysteries of quantum science, the path of artificially intelligent consciousness, the evolution of VR and quantum computers, along with previously taboo subjects like consciousness and karma, are brought together into a cohesive, information based computer science framework Leading figures like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have advocated the Simulation Hypothesis For the first time, the Simulation Hypothesis delves into all the angles that make this remarkable theory one of the most important of our time

6 thoughts on “The Simulation Hypothesis: An MIT Computer Scientist Shows Why AI, Quantum Physics and Eastern Mystics All Agree We Are In a Video Game

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  2. A Reader A Reader says:

    I consumed this book as an audio book on audible.The first big chunk of the book just regurgitates the current google search results about the simulation hypothesis i.e what Elon Musk says what Neil Degrass Tyson says computer code inside string theory which is pretty much the content of every article you can read on the first page of google results so not worth reading again if you ve already familiar with the basics.Then the author very tediously compares every aspect of online gaming with life, which tells us nothing, because online role playing games are designed to work like life which is why they re so appealing He does this so he can draw spooky comparisons, and then insist that real life must be a game, and we are living in the matrix which is completely unconvincing.Then the author goes on a science bashing trip bemoaning the lack of acceptance by science of the obvious truths in eastern religious traditions and they re similarity to a matrix style potential reality comparing things like let there be light from the christian bible with the booting up of the matrix.This last part of the book where the author tries to convince us that non scientific and religious beliefs are valuable than they really are if we accept that we re living in a simulation, is tedious to listen to.The simulation hypothesis is current non falsifiable as a hypothesis, so it isn t science, despite what the author thinks yet the author insists that it is because of the similarities between religion and online role playing game quests which is nonsense.I was hoping to listen to a deep dive into the philosophical and moral consequences should we ever be able to prove that we do or don t live in a simulation.Overall, it was a pretty empty book that just states the obvious.Oh, and on a final note, this is one of those audio books where the author should really have hired a professional to do the voice The author himself has a very flat and monotonous speaking style, and is difficult to listen to for long periods.

  3. Ian Bradbury Ian Bradbury says:

    I downloaded the sample to see what this is all about I almost stopped at the introduction when I read Elon Musk, world famous entrepreneur and founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, has put forth this idea as being very likely In fact, he estimates the chances that we are in a simulation at a billion to one This is, of course, incorrect.Musk said the chances we that ARE NOT in a simulation are a billion to one.Nobody proof reads these things

  4. Robert Spofford Robert Spofford says:

    This is a fun book, in a way, but it isn t science I bought it expecting a serious layman s exploration of the multiverse hypothesis in modern physics My fault for not reading the write up thoroughly Instead, this is written from the perspective of a video game creator and enthusiast, asking What if everything we experience is the inside of some vast simulation a la The Matrix The author then delves into all the mysteries of human experience and tests them against that idea It s fun a little like a punk G del Escher, Bach but it isn t physics by a long shot.The promotion of the author as a MIT Computer Scientist is very misleading He is a video game entrepreneur with an undergraduate degree from MIT in Computer Science The book is self published, and the author s other books, also self published are about entrepreneurship, secret of business success, etc, not science. really should be careful about supporting the author s marketing pose that this is some kind of real science.

  5. Jenny Chan Jenny Chan says:

    Although I have carefully considered the simulation hypothesis, The Simulation Hypothesis An MIT Computer Scientist Shows Why AI, Quantum Physics and Eastern Mystics All Agree We Are In a Video Game what a long winded title breaks no new ground.I congratulate Rizwan Virk for getting the attention of NPR, FOX, and dozens of websites to promote his book I am glad he is passion and sincerity about the topic.However, it reads like a college freshman s term paper He spends too much time previewing and summarizing, and basically every topic is broken up with headers probably to dumb things down for readers, but it was insulting to me I have seen this trend recently.The ideas feel like it s from a college buddy who stayed up past his bedtime no evidence, all speculation An A for enthusiasm, but a C for the grade Quantum woo A misunderstanding of karma it s not a point system Very shallow, elementary views of all religions in general Summaries of quantum mechanics, philosophy, and technology which we have already heard from blogs, magazines, podcasts, documentaries, and other books Yes, it s the same old anecdotes we ve already heard about Einstein, Plato, Dick, Bohr, Hawking, Newton, Wolfgang, and Schrodinger s cat Nor is there any new interpretation of The Matrix.The book was building and building, but once we get to the last chapter, it turns out it s just a summary of everything else Ultimately, Virk is unintentionally making a case that in 2019 we can see that a video game is a good analogy of reality In the past, people thought pottery or watches were good analogies of reality Now it s video games It still misses the secret of the universe though I ll let you discover that one on your own I d recommend this book for newbies If you want to go to the NEXT level of speculative world shattering views, try Robert Lanza s Biocentrism Check out Clifford Pickover s Sex, Drugs, Einstein, and Elves if you want a grown up version of The Simulation Hypothesis.

  6. Gigibort Gigibort says:

    I am a dual PhD student theoretical physics computational science with an interest in this particular topic I was very excited to get this book.Let me start by noting a known law of nature The quality of thinking done by an MIT graduate is inversely proportional to the number of times they mention that they studied at MIT The author mentions his MIT past a LOT What he doesn t mention is that he only did an undergrad degree, which is very deceptive given how often he trots out his MIT past as if it made him an expert on the topic.Virk the author seems to conflate the simulation hypothesis with the old brain in a vat trope That is, he essentially argues that the life we experience could be an advanced video game that is being fed into our physical brains This is not what is meant by researchers and thinkers like Bostrom when they talk about the simulation hypothesis In the actual simulation hypothesis, our consciousness is not being fed a lie, rather, our consciousness is part of the simulation There is no part of us body or mind that exists outside the simulation This actual meaning of the Simulation Hypothesis has much larger implications for life, physics, computer science, information theory, philosophy of mind, etc., than the simple brain in a vat video game idea Those implications, which I personally find profoundly interesting, are what I was hoping to read about when I ordered this book.Virk frequently refers to spiritual interpretations as if religion deserved equal time with science At one point he even says, We don t know which, the spiritual or the material, is closer to reality Umm, yes, we do It was at this point that I packed it in and dropped the book in my trash can.If you actually want to learn about the simulation hypothesis, study Nick Bostrom s original paper on the topic You can find it online Second, read a few of the articles on the topic by the well known popular science tech sites You ll learn a lot about it than you will from this book.