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Super Computer to Simulate Life

Headline from Science Daily on May 28th:

ScienceDaily (May 28, 2010) — Scientists are planning to use the largest supercomputers to simulate life on Earth, including the financial system, economies and whole societies. The project is called “Living Earth Simulator” and part of a huge EU research initiative named FuturIcT.

Full article @ Science Daily.

This plays neatly into one of my favorite science fiction themes – the universe as we know it is a simulation running on a giant computer. In short, The Matrix. It’s a thought that comes to mind frequently as I’ve observed the steady increases in realism achieved in gaming. As the march towards a “perfect simulation of reality” continues, one has to wonder when we’ll see people leaving this reality forever for another, simulated one. And one has to wonder how many times previously that same transition might have been made.

We could all be a simulation running inside a simulation, inside another simulation.

The O to the I

For some time now I’ve been fascinated by the idea that we might one day “jack in” and interface directly with the content on our computers. I feel strongly that by creating alternate realities (and replacing our work day commutes and material item purchases with digital equivalents) we might actually save the world. I think game makers are,without really thinking about it, laying huge amounts of the foundation that will make virtual reality a real-world reality. So when I read “scientists extract images directly from brain” I got really excited. We already have the input – ways of pumping digital info directly into the brain. With this, we can have output. And we’re on our way to a truly interactive VR experience. Cool stuff.