Does the matrix have us?

Philosophers have long been concerned about how we can know that our world isn’t just a very believable simulation of a real one. But concern about that has become ever more active in recent years, as computers and artificial intelligence have advanced. This has led to some of the world’s richest and most powerful people being convinced we’re living in a computer simulation and at least two of them, Silicon Valley tech billionaires, are pouring money into efforts to break us out of this “ simulation”. In fact, they’re speculating that the chances we are not living in such a simulation is “billions to one”. Even Bank of America analysts wrote last month that the chances we are living in a Matrix-style fictional world is as high as 50 per…


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