Is the Universe an App? Exploring Neural Trickery and the Illusion of Certainty
Is this universe of ours an app similar to a game like Spore, where creatures confronting competing species evolve over time, which can be downloaded for free on an iPhone or an iPad? Before we dismiss such conjectures as silly science fiction speculations, the more viable question we should ask first is how difficult will it be in the future to computationally recreate the world we now experience, given the exponential growth of computing power and the law of accelerating returns? In addition, how difficult will it be to trick us into believing in the certainty of any given state created by artificial intelligence?
The answers may surprise us. It is probably much easier than we at first would suspect, especially in light of how manipulatable human consciousness can be.