I can simulate my pleasure
I can simulate my pain
I can simulate the whole shebang, and still not go insane
I can simulate my husband
I can simulate my wife
I can simulate my children, and the others in my life
I can simulate a sunset
I can simulate a kiss
I can simulate the dog I had, and really really miss
I can simulate the ocean
I can simulate a stream
I can simulate a forest, or an autumn, or a dream
I can simulate perfection
I can simulate the good
Which is strange, because the real me can’t imagine why I would.
Context over here, somewhere. In a nutshell, it’s singularity stuff. rant follows:
Ok, this is gonna get ugly. Trigger warnings on link with an asterisk.
We are never going to simulate the real world. We don’t want to. This* is the real world; who would want to simulate that? Sure we could muck around with the code a bit, and clean up the virtual world to get rid of that, but frankly the math is horrendous, and it would be considerably easier to actually fix the problem in the real world before simulating it.
And we don’t.
We want a pill so we don’t have to brush our teeth, or work out, or study, or watch those commercials with the starving kids, or treat them as our equals.
Don’t get me wrong–I love the real world. But that does not, and will never, mean that there are not parts of this real world that are horrible. That I would not want to simulate. Why would I? Why would anyone? And yet, it is in the real world where we could most easily make the changes we want to see.
What we want, in these “upload your brain” scenarios, is a life free from pain, or reasonably so, and reasonably free from the “thousand natural shocks that flesh is heir to–tis a consummation devoutly to be wished”. Sadly, my choice of quotes gives it away. We want something that is not life at all.
And we already have that. In the ’50’s, they called it the “pleasure probe” (I warn you, don’t google that term today!)–electric stimulation of the nucleus accumbens, or if you want a short-cut… heroin.
Heroin will always be cheaper than reprogramming a virtual world to look like we wish the real one was. And don’t fucking get me started on Second Life.