Saturday, May 21, 2005

What is the Real ?


“Have you ever had one of those dreams you thought was so real, that if you woke, how would you differentiate the real world from the dream world?” – Morpheus, The Matrix.

Have any of you ever wondered what is our purpose here is in this world? Why are we here? Are we the subjects of some kind of Alien experiment? Or are we just living in a virtual world, the real one being under the sheer control of machines and Artificial Intelligence?

What do we consider as being real? - Things that we can see, touch, taste, smell and feel - Then the real is nothing more than electric signals interpreted by our brain.

You people might be thinking that here’s another crap whose been brainwashed by the Matrix trilogy. Oh no people…you’re gonna be amazed by what I’m going to say.

Fact is that the simulation thing was around much before the Wachowski’s came along with their movie. And now guess what? There are academicians who have published papers on the subject with proof that we may indeed be living in a matrix. This theory, called the Simulation Argument, has been put forward by Nick Bostrom at the Department of Philosophy, Oxford University. The theory is very simple: “There is a significant probability that we are all living in a computer simulation.” The thing that we call reality is just an elaborate virtual stage show inside an equally or even more complex computing mechanism. Hmm interesting, come on then let’s see how deep the rabbit hole goes…

Let’s for a moment agree that we are indeed living in a simulated world. This simulation tells me to write this story, and then you people read it. So far so good. But how do you know if you are living in simulated existence? Well, every time we hear of something out of the ordinary, it could be a level of awareness where the simulation has gone haywire. So the next time someone told you he saw vivid colours in his field of vision – the image-rendering program has a glitch. And the next time you think you heard strange noises in your head, the audio capture software has not been properly tested before release.

The question remains?!?! If we are indeed truly living in a simulated world then it means that either the human race had reached such a level of Technological Advancement that it couldn’t control it anymore and as a result the Machines took over, through Artificial Intelligence, or we were created to be like this, slaves to the machines. So, if we really are under the controls of these mechanical beasts, why would they allow us write or make movies about such things that undeniably reveal their existence (if they ever exist that is)??? Simply because none of us (or almost none of us) really believe in Science Fiction or that’s what the machines ‘think’…it’s just a kind of entertainment for us, Sci-Fi stories. But we do have to admit that Sci-Fi is responsible for much of our technological evolution (in our Human World)…Satellites, for example, were created and put into the limelight by Arthur C. Clarke, an extremely successful Sci-Fi author.

So now for us there is no way in which we can possibly know whether we are in a real or virtual world, because both would seem the same. If we are indeed the ones who are responsible for our fate then cheers to Technology.

This gives me to think, but if we really did reach such a level of Technological Evolution then why are the machines projecting us in an ancient time, that is the past of the actual time – the time of the machines, the 2nd Millennium, when we could be fine with the time when the machines took over much much later?!

The answer as you may have guessed is simple. The machines are doing this just to blind us from the fact that the Human race had indeed reached a time when it had control over every thing. To make us believe that we are still under the process of evolution, in the search for a higher level of technological prowess. They are making us relive history, that of our ancestors, just to keep us under their control. And if they did place us in the time nearing the moment they took over, they would have had to re-manipulate the whole simulation of the aftermath of the fall of Human civilisation and as a result they would have to use much of their energy and resources to create a whole new virtual environment for Humans and keep on updating this new simulated world which would have cost them much to run and revise their Artificial Intelligence Systems and also decreased their computing power. Their remedy to this problem was to make us go back into time. They already knew about our history. So, they just had to take it and digitize it and then implanting in our brains would be a child’s play. After they were done with this they would just have to initialize their A.I. generators to update information for every human, thus they could do their job without having to worry about the immobile humans who were put in a state of perpetual “sleep” mode.

But what if the machines got nothing to do with our all this?? What if we were some kind of experiment from an Alien race? Yes, why not? The universe is so vast that Life could be present elsewhere. If it did form here on earth, then why not in another part of the cosmos? And if we are being subjected to an experiment, then the good news is that we are living in a TRUE real. But for how long??? Well, the topic about Aliens is yet another debate which I’ll deal with later.

Real or not, whether you believe in destiny or not, we are the ones to form how we’ll live through this, really or virtually.

I personally don’t believe in destiny but I do know that I have the control over my life, I’ll shape it the way I want to.

Until we come to know about the truth let’s just enjoy every single second we have here.

“I can only show you the door but you are the one to walk through it.”

Atwin Calchand.