Consciousness as data extraction

How awareness could be a byproduct of a simulated universe.

Andre Sevenius Nilsen
Apr 7 · 9 min read
Photo by Joshua Sortino on Unsplash

Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real. — Niels Bohr

The hypothesis

Assumptions

Consciousness in a simulated universe

Personally I’m hoping to spend the last years of my life plugged into a real life MMORPG simulation that makes me think and feel like I’m 18 again while my 90 year old body lies in a tube somewhere getting fed thru an IV. Be a great way to finish up a life. — Drew Curtis

Simulation for immersion

Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world, where none suffered, where everyone would be happy? It was a disaster. No one would accept the program … I believe that, as a species, human beings define their reality through misery and suffering. — Agent Smith, The Matrix

Simulation for Science

Extracted consciousness.

Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery we are trying to solve. — Max Planck

Predictions

Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment; but you humans do not. Instead, you multiply and multiply, until every resource is consumed. — Agent Smith, The Matrix

Conclusion

Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, a veritable butterfly, enjoying itself to the full of its bent, and not knowing it was Chuang Chou. Suddenly I awoke, and came to myself, the veritable Chuang Chou. Now I do not know whether it was then I dreamt I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man. — From the writings of Zhuangzi, 369 BCE — 286 BCE

WIREHEAD

Transhumanism, Cyberpunk, Futurism. WIREHEAD is a publication for those who’d like to peer into the future, at the technology we may encounter and how humanity will evolve along the way.

Andre Sevenius Nilsen

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Scientist by day, aspiring writer by night. Exploring the human condition 24/7. Futurologist in between. Twitter: @turntwine — Wordpress: sevenius.wordpress.com

WIREHEAD

WIREHEAD

Transhumanism, Cyberpunk, Futurism. WIREHEAD is a publication for those who’d like to peer into the future, at the technology we may encounter and how humanity will evolve along the way.

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