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Cinnamon

Tech billionaires are asking scientists for help breaking humans out of the computer simulation they think they might be trapped in

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 Cinnamon    28,897

Here's how the New Yorker tells it: 

Many people in Silicon Valley have become obsessed with the simulation hypothesis, the argument that what we experience as reality is in fact fabricated in a computer; two tech billionaires have gone so far as to secretly engage scientists to work on breaking us out of the simulation.

The piece doesn't give any clue as to who those two billionaires are — although it's easy to hazard a few guesses at who they might be, like Musk himself or Altman's friend Peter Thiel — but it's fascinating to see how seriously people are taking this theory. According to Musk, it's the most popular topic of conversation right now.

"...it got to the point where basically every conversation was the AI slash simulation conversation and my brother and I finally agreed that we'd ban any such conversations if we're ever in a hot tub. Because that really kills the magic," Musk said on stage at Vox Media's Code Conference in June. 

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http://www.businessinsider.com/tech-billionaires-want-to-break-humans-out-of-a-computer-simulation-2016-10?r=UK&IR=T

If we are in a simulation and we did break out of it, what then? Would we be little characters running around... where?  And doing...what? 

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