Invited to a recent podcast by comedian and YouTuber Joe Rogan, published this Friday, billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained that the universe we live in might be a computer simulation after all.
The idea of our universe being a computer simulation is not new, and could also provide an answer to the famous Fermi Paradox that asks the following question: “If there were extraterrestrial civilizations, their representatives should already be here. Where are they? ” Our planet is indeed much younger than the Universe. If advanced civilizations have already evolved in the galaxy, then one of them has probably already mastered interstellar travel. We should then be able to detect “traces” of these passages. However, it is not the case. How can we explain this?
To answer this paradox, several hypotheses have been put forward: either they are there, but we have not detected the traces of their passage; either they are there, but have taken care not to leave traces; or finally they are not there at all. Elon Musk on the other hand argues that the lack of evidence is due to the fact that our universe is probably just a computer simulation. “The universe is 13.8 billion years old, so all the civilizations that have sprung up all over the cosmos have had a lot of time to perfect their technological know-how,” he says.
He continues: “If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then games will be indistinguishable from reality, or civilization will end. One of those two things will occur,” Musk said. “Therefore, we are most likely in a simulation, because we exist. I think most likely — this is just about probability — there are many, many simulations. You might as well call them reality, or you could call them multiverse.”
If an advanced extraterrestrial civilization had, in the course of its history, had access to the creation of false universes, including ours, the discovery of an extraterrestrial intelligence or traces left by it by the humanity would be thus only the result of the will of its creators. If we start from this principle, the answer to Fermi’s Paradox could be that humanity is simply not “ready”.
In addition to these issues, Elon Musk also went back on his concerns about unregulated artificial intelligence, the need for our species to get rid of fossil fuels, but also to explore New Worlds. You will find the entire interview here.