Are We Living in a Simulation
Warren Moore is an ex-apple engineer who started his own software consulting company. Now, he lives a lavish life as a digital nomad in Thailand while dishing out advice about 3D graphics to clients halfway across the globe.
In this episode Warren gives general business advice such as when to branch off and start your own business, technology specific advice such as how to maximize your salary as a software engineer, and digital nomad advice on how to permanently live abroad for pennies on the dollar. Additionally, Warren and I rant about futuristic predictions such as universal basic income, omnipotent artificial intelligence, and virtual reality porn. Some interesting topics we cover include:
0:47 – Digital Nomadism: Working your own hours while experiencing the world
9:40 – Software engineer career progression
30:15 – The digital trolley problem: who will your car save?
37:19 – Technology and automation taking away jobs
41:24 – Pros and cons of universal basic income
53:16 – Amazon and Facebook: Friend or foe
1:05:56 – Exploring god awful startup ideas
1:15:50 – Crazy Job Interview Stories
1:29:19 – When is it time to quit your 9 to 5 and start your own thing
1:42:52 – Are coding bootcamps effective?
1:55:14 – Niching down vs. Branching out: maximizing software engineering salary
2:09:54 – Virtual reality sex with your digital Megan Fox
2:19:35 – Are we living in a simulation?
The full podcast episode:
The audio version of this podcast can be found here:
The most interesting excerpts from this podcast can be found here:
The Trolley Problem and Ethics of Driverless Cars
VR Porn – Is it Good or Evil
I have one final question for you before it before we wrap this up me. Warren, are we living in a simulation?
All signs point to? Yes. Would you like to hear my rationale? Yes. I would like Elon Musk on my. So you're already familiar with the work of Nick Bostrom and his original simulation argument paper,
I find a compelling
I have some issues with it. And I would encourage anybody who's on the fence about this to go or even like, like, Whoa, how did you answer is yes. You read the actual paper, huh? Yeah. Is it?
Is it too technical for me to digest? No, it's, um, it's mostly it's basically the gospel. Right? Did did used math to say, yeah, look, it's empirical. In essence, if there's any chance of anyone ever developing a simulation, then we're in one that is that guy. Right? Right. Exactly. So
you can kind of take it from this perspective. And it's going to take me a little while to kind of reconstruct this, I think it's, he says that one of the following three things, at least one of the following three things is true. Like, we will develop computer technology that is sufficiently fast, high fidelity, etc. to simulate universes that are imperceptibly different from our own,
we will use these in order to simulate our ancestors. And then the third one, it sounds like a non sequitur, right, is, we are almost certainly living in a simulation, right. And this all falls out of the fact that if you imagine that it is possible to simulate consciousness, and to simulate a real world or some universe, some subset of whatever universe you occupy, then you will probably seek to do so. And you will probably seek to inhabit it with sentient life. If such a system is sufficiently powerful,
then entities within that system will do the same, and so on and so on. are a long way down. Exactly. So the only way to not live in a simulation is if you're at literally the seed. Yeah, of the tree for the entire simulation. So, so taking
all the Yeah, exactly taking all these things as the predicate if, in fact, it is the case that simulated universes are possible within this universe, we are almost certainly living in a simulation. So that's basically the big if is whether or not that is possible.
Yes, it's impossible, theoretically, no. And the reason I say that is, I know I just
realizing the 3d graphics and the simulation not even close with that and resume, so much of it has to do with with two big things,
it seems to be predicated on the assumption that we can replicate the preconditions of the Big Bang, and given adequate
computational resources, run that forward and get the same result that doesn't account for the fact that there may in fact, be a degree of randomness, even if the universe is discrete, right? Even if there is a fundamental unit It is time and space, there may still just be some essential randomness in our universe. I don't know if that's the case. I don't know if the universe is deterministic, I'm inclined to think that at the macro level, it definitely is.
And I have plenty of reasons to believe that but that doesn't necessarily mean that you can actually take a snapshot of the state of the universe
to an extensive enough degree to actually replicate it and if you can't do that in much the same way that I think it's going to be a really long time before we put a brain and a computer you know, before we transfer intelligence to a silicon substrate or any other kind of substrate whether it's quantum or whatever I think that it is a much much harder problem than people imagine from the start it sounds like a hard problem already it sounds like an immensely hard problem and then you try to do it and you find out that we actually have no freaking idea how to even get started so I'm actually going to reverse my my snap answer of yes and say probably not oh but we'll never know
bomber we might and millions and millions and millions of years will decide now can do it
and guys were all just don't know because the
sun's burning out and are gonna die. So we can't do it. Right.
Well, thanks for coming on. Man. I really like how we ended on a on an expansive, universal, huge question. Yeah,
that was a good way to wrap it up. Yeah. Then we are hopefully not living in a simulation finish on my arm, or the 3d graphics expert as determined it so I mean, can't get better than that. Where can we find you, man? I heard you have a cool website.
Oh, yeah. Yeah. So Well, I mean, it's kind of outdated at this point. But Mel by example, calm is me. I'm also at Warren em on Twitter. I don't have any other web presence that I want to talk about currently, but I'm you know, putting together a VR sites that we can check out a new consultancy that will be offering my services soon, but we'll just have to wait and see about that. So yeah, follow me for more details. badass thanks for coming by. Thanks so much. It's been a pleasure. Peace.
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