Elon Musk has been vocal about the fact that humans are likely living in a simulation. Read his quotes below, or watch this video to get a quick overview of Elon's argument.

  1. "I’ve had so many simulation discussions it’s crazy. In fact, it got to the point where every conversation we had was the AI / simulation conversation. And my brother and I finally agreed that we would ban such conversations if we were ever in a hot tub, because that really kills the magic." (June, 2016 | Source)

  2. "The strongest argument for us probably being in a simulation is the following: 40 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 its getting better every year." (June, 2016 | Source)

  3. "Soon there will be virtual reality, and augmented reality. If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then games will become indistinguishable from reality. Even if that rate of advancement drops from a 1,000 of what it is right now, then you just say let’s imagine it’s 10,000 years in the future, which is nothing in the evolutionary scale." (June, 2016 | Source)

  4. "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 any PC, and their would probably be billions of computer or set top boxes, it would seem to follow that the odds we are in base reality are one in billions." (June, 2016 | Source)

  5. "Arguably we should hope that’s true [that we’re living in a simulation]. Because otherwise if civilization stops advancing that may be due to some calamitous event that erases civilization. So maybe we should be hopeful that this is a simulation, because otherwise we are going to create civilizations that are indistinguishable form reality, or civilization will cease to exist." (June, 2016 | Source)

  6. “The absence of any noticeable life may be an argument in favour of us being in a simulation. Like when you’re playing an adventure game, and you can see the stars in the background, but you can’t ever get there. If it’s not a simulation, then maybe we’re in a lab and there’s some advanced alien civilisation that’s just watching how we develop, out of curiosity, like mould in a petri dish.” (Sep, 2014 | Source)

  7. “If you look at our current technology level, something strange has to happen to civilisations, and I mean strange in a bad way. And it could be that there are a whole lot of dead, one-planet civilisations.” (Sep, 2014 | Source)

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