Elon Musk thinks we’re all living in The Matrix

Do you take the red pill or blue pill?

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Tech pioneer SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Image Picture Justin Sullivan/Getty

SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has suggested that The Matrix is real and we’re all living inside it.

The tech pioneer told journalists and industry bods assembled at the Code Conference that there’s just a “one in billions” chance that we’re not living in a computer simulation.

“The strongest argument for us probably being in a simulation I think is the following. 40 years ago we had Pong – two rectangles and a dot. That’s where we were,” Musk explained.

“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, just indistinguishable.”

Pressed further on the rapid strides in technology, Musk added that “the odds that we’re in ‘base reality’ is one in billions”.

But are we all in a simulated computer game, Elon? Just shoot straight with us, here!

“Probably,” he responded.

“If civilisation stops advancing, then that may be due to some calamitous event that stops civilisation,” he added. 

Musk had given over millions to fund research into the perils of artificial intelligence and reckons that even if technological advancements drop by 1000 progress is still moving forward at an intense speed relative to the age of life.

Confused? You’re not the only ones. We’ll choose the blue pill…

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