GTA: The World Behaves 'Exactly The Same As Liberty City' - NASA Scientist

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A NASA scientist beleive we could all be living inside a super-advanced computer, one that behaves a lot like Rockstar's GTA.

Published on Oct 2, 2012

A NASA scientist believe the world around us could be part of a computer simulation that acts in the same way as Rockstar’s GTA IV. 

Life on earth as an expeirmentation is a scientific concept that’s been bandied around as sci-fi for years now (in fact, you can read about in Joe Haldeman’s follow-up to The Forever War, Forever Free).

NASA scientist, Rich Terrile, director of the Center for Evolutionary Computation and Automated Design at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has put some serious thought into the claim that the world behaves like a computer simulation like GTA.

Talking to vice, Terrile explained that the theory has began to gather some momentum and even more unbelievably, some actual evidence.  

“The natural world behaves exactly the same way as the environment of Grand Theft Auto IV,” explained Terrile. “In the game, you can explore Liberty City seamlessly in phenomenal detail. I made a calculation of how big that city is, and it turns out it’s a million times larger than my PlayStation 3.”

“You see exactly what you need to see of Liberty City when you need to see it, abbreviating the entire game universe into the console. The universe behaves in the exact same way. In quantum mechanics, particles do not have a definite state unless they’re being observed. Many theorists have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how you explain this. One explanation is that we’re living within a simulation, seeing what we need to see when we need to see it.”

Terrile went onto explain that with computers growing in power at an incredible rate (acting in accordance with Moore’s Law) it in fact won’t be that long before we’re able to recreate similar world building experiments in our computers. Creating sentient beings and lives of their own within a computer. Not only that, but we’ll be able to do it for an entire digital planet’s population.

“Perhaps in the next 10 to 30 years we’ll be able to incorporate artificial consciousness into our machines,” concluded Terrile.  

Do you think we’re living inside a computer? Let us know, unless you actually are living inside a computer.



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