MIT professor Rizwan Virk argued that there is a higher probability of us being simulated than being biological beings, according to Digital Trends.
The academic first became interested in the simulation hypothesis when he was playing a virtual reality game. “That experience really got me thinking about how video game technology is evolving and how it could end up being so fully immersive that we would be unable to distinguish it from reality,” he said.
The simulation hypothesis suggests that everything we see around us is a part of an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online roleplaying game) and that each one of us is a player in that game.
Virk told Digital Trends that the article “Are You Living in a Simulation” written by Oxford professor Nick Bostrom in 2003 is a big reason why intellectuals are beginning to take the hypothesis more seriously.
Bostrom made a statistical argument that if there was a civilization with advanced simulation technologies, there would be more simulated beings than the number of biological beings. “With more computing power, they can spin off new servers and new civilizations really quickly. Each of those servers can have billions or trillions of simulated being within them,” Virk added.
Digital Trends asked Virk what consequences would exist in our everyday lives if we were in a simulation. The professor replied that “we would want to know what the goals of the game are and what our individual quests might be.” But Virk believes that “like in any multiplayer video game”, everybody has the freedom to choose what they decide to do next.