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Glitch in the matrix

What if the entire human experience – the stars in the sky, the people walking down the street, everyone you love – is all an artificial construct inside a hyper-intelligent computer simulation?

This concept may sound familiar from the 1999 science fiction blockbuster “The Matrix.” However, in 2003, Oxford University Philosopher Nick Bostrom released a paper called ‘The Simulation Argument‘ that first proposed this idea in a scientific context. 

The trends of technological evolution make this debate more plausible. With artificial intelligence becoming a permanent part of western society, what does this mean for the future of human evolution?

In this series, a series of expert guests discuss the probable idea of the simulation hypothesis and the consequences of the rising technological generation.

What if the reason we have never been in touch with other life forms is because everything in our universe is a simulation we can never escape?

In this episode, physics and astrophysics experts explore the simulation hypothesis and the possibility and capability of multiverses.

Image: Amy Johnston.

What threat does artificial intelligence pose when integrated into our lives at such a reliant level?

Episode two discusses the danger of AI evolution, and the consequences intelligent technology is having on the human experience. Curtin University robotic and AI specialist Raymond Sheh discuss the predicaments regarding technological control.

Has the purpose of human life changed since the integration of technology?

This episode explores the true meaning of human existence, freedom and reality. Expert guests answer the meaning of life and how to avoid the consequences of technological reliance.