"If you assume any rate of improvement at all, the games will become indistinguishable from reality.” Musk then makes the jump that because we'll soon have billions of computers running these indistinguishable from reality simulations, “there’s a one in billions chance that [our reality] is base reality.”
Whether or not there's a flaw in that particular argument, it's fun to think about the idea that this is really just one big Nintendo game. Here are five reasons we might be Marios:
1. Déjà VuAny good gamer knows that you should save your progress from time to time, so if things don't go as planned, you can try again with a different approach. Consider this: the reason you feel déjà vu or déjà vécu is because The Gamer has reverted to a save point and is replaying our existence, but sometimes the sim glitches and we keep some remnants of the last time in our memory.
"Oops, North Korea conquered the world. Better go back 10 years and give Kim a goofy haircut so nobody will take him seriously. Let's see if that changes the outcome. Oops, now he nuked the world. Better go back to the save point again and introduce a singing sim named Katie Perry."