I am sure many of you out there have seen the stories about the largest battle ever for the video game Eve Online. I had never heard of it until I read a few articles about the battle. I know I know, what kind of a person am I, but anyways. Apparently the battle cost about $300,000 in real world money!! Yeah that is what I said, and some 75 titan ships were destroyed (in case you don’t know these ships take months, in real time, to build.)
The more I read about this game I found it very interesting. It is one of the largest online universes that has its own economy, own currency, multiple star systems, pretty much everything. A missed payment for something is what caused the giant battle. I think this is cool just on the surface, meaning that this video game has this giant battle involving the whole universe. Being the weirdo I am I kept thinking about this idea of the video game and this simulated universe. t really got me thinking about simulated universes and this whole big thing we call life. Yes I know I am reaching here, but let’s play along for a bit.
While our computing power is fairly advanced most experts would agree that we have only scratched the surface. Without computing power now we are able to simulate universes like Eve Online, I do not know all the terminology but from what I can decipher it is massive over 500,000 subscribers in 2013. What I find interesting is that we have the power to simulate a universe of this magnitude with today’s computing power. Along that same line of thought in 15 to 20 to 25 years what would a simulated universe look like then? Would we be able to step inside Eve and actually command a Titan ship and live the battle through in our virtual eyes.
Eventually would our computer power be able to closely replicate what we call reality to where there was no discernible difference? Again let’s play along, if that is the case how would we be able to tell if we were in the simulation of the “real” world. In fact there are a growing number of physicists that claim that we are currently living in a computer simulation. Again I do not know all the technical jargon but a study from a university in Germany claims that they found some underlying “lattice” that gives certain particles a limit that they should not have. again I put that in about 3rd grade language so if you are interested check out this article : http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/11/physicists-may-have-evide_n_1957777.html
This opens up all kinds of questions about life. If we are indeed living in a universe what then? someone or something had to have programmed it and started it. So the notion of a creator would be alive and well, but not in the sense that religious people across the world were hoping. For all we know our “creator” could be some sentient computer junkie being living in his parents basement. There are plenty of theories about how the universe came into being and where it’s going. I may sound like a weirdo but I like the idea that this, the “real” world, is a simulation. I am not sure why but it seems like a simple and complete solution. But I really think that what all this is and where it came from we will never know, and if we do find out I think it will be far stranger than anything we have imagined. Maybe one day we will be able to answer so many of the questions that we have been unable to about life. But until then your guess is as good as mine.