- Feb 7, 2005
Soooo, we're all just objects in a sim being run by a George Bush of the future? Well, I reckon, that's as good of an explanation for W. gettin' into the White House as any I could concoct.And if owners of the computers were anything like the millions of people immersed in virtual worlds like Second Life, SimCity and World of Warcraft, they’d be running simulations just to get a chance to control history — or maybe give themselves virtual roles as Cleopatra or Napoleon.
In terms of science fiction like this, I’m extremely sceptical. Would these simulations really go so far as to create an entire galaxy or even a whole universe simply for the “complete” experience to be enjoyed by our tiny insignificant selves for the benefit of some dude at a computer? Even our most outlandish efforts at creating simulated realities have very clearly defined borders within which the entire simulation occurs. Personally I wouldn’t find any entertainment in a game of Sims where I could check what was going on throughout billions of light years of empty space just because my little peeps on Earth need to believe that it exists.
Somehow, I'm reminded of The Truman Show... for the person inside the simulation there is no way to detect where the simulation ends and the special effects pick up.