Ever feel like life isn’t real? As if you’re living a life controlled by an external power? Well, if yes, you might’ve pondered on the idea that life is just a simulation… nothing more than hyperreality.
Now if you’re wondering, hyperreality is an inability of consciousness to distinguish reality from a simulation of reality. This is something that has always been extremely fascinating to me. What initially got me interested in the idea of simulations was Shane Dawson’s video on deepfakes, and other conspiracy theory videos for that matter. Although 90% of me finds it hard to believe that we’re living in a simulation, it’s still fascinating to ponder.
In a world with rapidly improving technology, we’re able to do virtually anything. Elon Musk stated his opinion on the matter at a code conference, which got me, and thousands of other viewers, questioning everything.
Forty years ago we had Pong, two rectangles and a dot. That’s what games were. Now 40 years later, we have photorealistic, 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously and it’s getting better every year. And soon we’ll have virtual reality, we’ll have augmented reality. If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality.
If you were to compare the graphics of a video game from even 20 years ago, to now, you almost wouldn’t believe that the visuals aren’t real. They are not only super realistic, but players have the power to control the characters in the game, and get them to perform whatever stunt they please. Down below is an interesting video on the evolution of video game graphics from 1952-2019!
Just imagine how realistic the graphics will be in, say, 10 years from now… It’s crazy to think about.