Elon Musk says Life is almost definitely a Simulation run by advanced alien civilizations

According to statements from Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, life as we perceive it is almost definitely a Simulation where humans are just ‘characters’ in a ‘video game’ controlled by advanced alien civilizations. Musk said that “There’s a one in billions chance we’re in base reality.”


Although we perceive the universe as being something enormous and real, in recent years, a growing number of researchers have considered the possibility that everything we perceive as reality, could in fact turn out to be a sophisticated simulation. Some have even proposed that the universe could be a hologram while others suggest everything we consider as the universe, could, in fact, be part of a highly advanced ‘code’.

Now, Elon Musk also tackled the possibility that we are living in a sophisticated simulation. During the Code Conference, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO made some very interesting comments about life, reality and alien civilizations that apparently, are in charge of the most ‘realistic’ game ever created.

At the conference, Musk was asked if he had ever considered the possibility that we are living in a simulated reality. Musk said that there’s a mere one in a billion chance that we are living in ‘base reality’ or the realest of realities.

Musk stated that the strongest argument that can make us believe we are living in a simulation is the following:

Forty years ago we had pong. Like, two rectangles and a dot. That was what games were. Now, 40 years later, we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously, and it’s getting better every year. Soon we’ll have virtual reality, augmented reality.

If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality, even if that rate of advancement drops by a thousand from what it is now. Then you just say, okay, let’s imagine it’s 10,000 years in the future, which is nothing on the evolutionary scale.

So given that we’re clearly on a trajectory to have games that are indistinguishable from reality, and those games could be played on any set-top box or on a PC or whatever, and there would probably be billions of such computers or set-top boxes, it would seem to follow that the odds that we’re in base reality is one in billions.

Tell me what’s wrong with that argument. Is there a flaw in that argument?

Taking in count the evolution of video games in the last forty years or so, Musk theorizes that there is a possibility that in reality we are living in a video game that has evolved over thousands of years where humans are just characters, controlled by an alien civilization thousands of years more advanced than we are.

Are we part of a giant video gamer controlled by Alien civ’s?

Musk went on to say that “There’s a one in billions chance we’re in base reality.” He continued:

Arguably we should hope that that’s true, because if civilization stops advancing, that may be due to some calamitous event that erases civilization. So maybe we should be hopeful this is a simulation, because otherwise we are going to create simulations indistinguishable from reality or civilization ceases to exist. We’re unlikely to go into some multimillion-year stasis.

One thing that later generations might do with their super-powerful computers is run detailed simulations of their forebears or of people like their forebears. Because their computers would be so powerful, they could run a great many such simulations, said Musk.

But in addition to Musk in the past couple of years scientists and researchers have considered the possibility we are living in a giant simulation.

Check out the interview with Elon Musk here:

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  1. whatever happened to just living the good old life and dying a happy and content man. All of a sudden everything just got so Science Fiction on us.

    1. It is still possible. Be happy and content…and without attachments to science fiction by avoiding it =)

  2. Just because some exceedingly rich, self absorbed Fool came up with an idea to absolve himself of all responsibility and wrongdoing dosent mean the Thinking man has to buy into it.

    1. Only the fool must demote thinking men to their limited level of understanding in order to feel superior which is the definition if an inferiority complex.

    2. Exactly. Just because some self absorbed and deprived people came up with the idea od gods, instead of accepting, that nobody knows happens, when you log out, doesn’t mean that the Thinking man has to buy into it. This is how you play this this game, right? My world is perfect, I know everything, leave me alone and everybody else is stupid.

      The only thing that people have is endless envy, hatred and illusion about own superiority. Like some german guy, not 80 years ago. I bet he thought he knows everything.

  3. Elon….you’re a wealthy genius by some standards….so how come you say dumb things?

    1. You remind me of the kid who accidentally found himself in my advanced organic chemistry class asking what exactly is a hydrocarbon. I’ll give you something to chew on, there’s a fine line between theorhetical physics and philosophy…but a broader line between genius and ignorance. When you swallow that perhaps I will give you a larger byte.

      1. Actually, I’d rather not have anything to do with you so…take your “superior intellect” and pawn it on someone who will appreciate it. You wont make friends by insulting them right off the bat. As far as I’m concerned, you blew that bridge up months ago. Good day.

        1. Don’t flatter yourself, I have no desire to befriend someone who perpetually comes to a place like this where people think outside the box only to call people ignorant who exceed your limited capability to conceptalize. Instead of offering sentient debate you only offer juvenile comments not seen by adults since the fifth grade. By all evidence that seems to be your highest level of understanding.

          1. You still here? Once again, you start dehumanizing people and you wont make many friends. Stop replying to me, would you? Tired of seeing these old posts popping up seeing your name attached.

          2. Stop coming to this site trolling legitimate readers and obsessing who’s calling you out on it. Sorry, can’t help much about your being tired, that’s self evident. And btw, Elon Musk would tell you the same thing.

    2. Now now. Are we under Dunning Kruger effect? Just because we don’t agree with people or understand something does not give us the right to call people dumb. Does it? Everything is possible, really.

      How about we all return here to this place and talk it out then, when we’ll know more. My humble opinion is, that Elon Musks statement cannot be proven, neither denied. Or maybe you know something more than the rest of humanity? Then please, do share.

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