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A Famous Hacker Believes that we Live in a Simulation

A popular hacker joins the list of personalities -like Elon Musk- who believe that we live within a simulation designed by a more advanced mind or society. And his plan is to create a religion to get out of it!

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A popular hacker joins the list of personalities -like Elon Musk- who believe that we live within a simulation designed by a more advanced mind or society. And his plan is to create a religion to get out of it!

“Matrix surrounds us. It is everywhere. Even now, in this same room. You can see it if you look out the window or turn on the television. You can feel it when you go to work, when you go to church, when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been placed before your eyes to hide the truth from you.”

Do you hear the famous phrase of Matrix? Apart from the film, famous personalities – including scientists – believe that we live in a simulation.

George Hotz, a prestigious developer of autonomous cars and famous hacker, is the latest technological celebrity that suggests that our universe can be a simulation built by a society more advanced than ours. “There is no evidence that this is not true,” Hotz said during his talk at the Austin SXSW technology conference, as he picked up The Verge. “It’s easy to imagine things that are much smarter than you and could build a cage that you would not even recognize.”

The theory of simulation has in its side defenders like the own CEO of Tesla Elon Musk, who basically argue that we all exist in some kind of mega-advanced game of The Sims. However, the absence of evidence from a simulation is not the same as the evidence that such a simulation does not exist, but neither can it serve as evidence that it exists.

As a result, Hotz reflected on the possibility of forming a religion dedicated to freeing people from simulation. It does not matter the question of how we, supposedly simulated beings, would continue to exist outside of that simulation. “I’m thinking about running a church. There are many structural problems with capitalist companies, “Hotz said of his decision to start a religion. “I think churches could be much more aligned with these goals, and the church’s goal would be to realign society’s efforts to get out of the simulation.”

The 29-year-old entrepreneur rose to fame when he was a teenager by becoming the first computer hacker to unlock the first-generation iPhone, while in 2015 he founded the startup Comma.ai, whose goal is to democratize access to self-driving software, something linked to Hotz’s belief that the current direction of the autonomous industry is a giant scam.

During his talk, a member of the audience asked Hotz if he would consider associating with transhumanists, people who believe in the eventual evolution of humanity through the fusion of body and mind with robotics and artificial intelligence, to found their church. Hotz was ambivalent to the idea and we will have to wait for the evolution of his sermons for future believers in our existence within the Matrix.

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