Nick Bostrom – Simulations – Three Possibilities (Are you living in a simulation?)

This is a nice, short little video with Nick Bostrom.  In the video, Bostrom reiterates his ‘simulation argument‘.  I could explain it or you could watch it in the same amount of time…


Runtime: 2:41


This video can also be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlftshhkO4k

Video Info:

Published on Jan 24, 2013

http://www.simulation-argument.com/
The simulation argument is continuing to attract a great deal of attention. I regret that I cannot usually respond to individual queries about the argument.

http://www.simulation-argument.com/si…
ABSTRACT. This paper argues that at least one of the following propositions is true: (1) the human species is very likely to go extinct before reaching a “posthuman” stage; (2) any posthuman civilization is extremely unlikely to run a significant number of simulations of their evolutionary history (or variations thereof); (3) we are almost certainly living in a computer simulation. It follows that the belief that there is a significant chance that we will one day become posthumans who run ancestor-simulations is false, unless we are currently living in a simulation. A number of other consequences of this result are also discussed.