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Questions tagged [simulated-worlds]

For questions regarding a non-physical world that is made in resemblance to a physical environment.

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Would experiencing Groundhog Day prove that life was a simulation just for you alone?

There are other Groundhog Day questions and other Simulation questions. I believe this differs from all the others. [This movie features a] ...TV weatherman who, during an assignment covering the ...
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Feasibility of Digital Zombies [closed]

In an Earth that has long since reached the Singularity, the point at which human life can be uploaded into a digital simulation, and that most humans live inside this simulated world, outside is a ...
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Why would an AI need to simulate multiple universes with only one sentient species? [closed]

Assume an average AI situated in an environment with enough computing power, like a Matrioshka brain. The AI does not interact directly with the simulations. There are some explanations like a ...
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How would our life be affected if I we had 4 fingers on our hands and 4 toes on our feet? [closed]

I am not interested in knowing answers discussing the way I hold a cup of coffee or a pen but bigger perspectives as to how the way of doing activities would affect the world (read: universe) at large....
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What are objects that have a much greater apparent roughness when observed more closely? [closed]

I am a computer scientist looking to simulate a world wherein a public user can arbitrarily change size to explore the unexpected complexity of every-day objects on these various scales. The coding ...
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What are the conditions to confirm that we live in a simulation? [duplicate]

Living inside a simulation - several conditions have to meet in order to prove that we are actually living inside one. Chance of our computing/processing power to become unlimited is becoming a ...
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Different species of sapiens, each one with their own superpower? [closed]

In a simulated world created by humans, a diversity of sapiens species have "powers", capacities that humans were not capable of creating before in reality. Question: I want to know if it was ...
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How to delay the technological development of my sapients, that have transhumans capabilities in a harsh world?

General Backstory: Humans have advanced enough that they are capable of simulating, entire solar systems that have sapiens life. Earth was destroyed not long after the singularity, because of some ...
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Speeding up the Processing power with a physical human brain possible? [closed]

I heard possibilities of enhancing the framerate of the human mind to "see" slower. With Cybernetic augmentation, would it be possible to do this with-IN a simulated world? If so, how faster? Also I ...
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A World Without Currency [closed]

In a world where everything would be automated but resources were still finite, would there be "rich" people (aka people with privilege to better and rarer stuff) and how would they be chosen? The ...
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How do I make a server of a virtual world indestructible?

Imagine if we would hit a point in time where we would accept that living in a virtual world is better for being happy and would make us near immortal. And then we would build something like the ...
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Roleplaying deity indication

In the sci-fi role playing game setting I'm working on, there is a religion, which believes that they actually live in a role playing game. They believe in a single, omnipotent god, the 'Game master', ...
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Developing a Post-Scarcity Economy/Society in a Simulated Universe

So I'm working on a novel that uses the same main premise as Scott Meyer's Off to Be the Wizard (Magic 2.0 ) in which my protagonists discover that they live (as does everyone else) in a simulated ...
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What will the effects be of a major water reservoir collapse?

Some time ago I heard a comment on some National Geographic or Discovery Channel program that the earth rotation is slowed down due to water trapped in dams. I did not pay attention to this at the ...
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Simulated beings / VR world ethics. Is living in suffering worth living? [closed]

Say, I am a ludicrously advanced AI with near unlimited computational / storage capacity. I can simulate puny humans on scale of billions without breaking mental sweat - guts to brains to weird back ...
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What would happen if the justice system is replaced with a zero sum game? [closed]

I'm writing about an augmented reality simulation world mirroring ours. In this reality the criminal justice system is based on the results of a coin toss. If a robbery victim files a police report, ...
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How would a group of average people learn to behave in a simulation where a god-AI forces extreme plot devices on them for 10 years?

Let's say that a secret laboratory creates a simulated miniature universe- in which modifications to people, places, and their 'state'(say age, gender, powers, DNA composition, among other things that ...
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How would the world react to discovering it exists in a simulation? [closed]

In the movie The Matrix, the remaining population of the world is kept within a computer system that simulates the real world. Very few people in that system are aware of that fact, with a relatively ...
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The Matrix: How to drag it out for as long as possible

In an unfortunate miscommunication between a director and the special-effects company, a request for a prop version of The Matrix got mistaken for a request for the real thing. The director's going ...
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What are some reasons why a civilization would “shut off” a simulated world? [closed]

Similar to this question, what are some other reasons that an advanced civilization running Earth 2016 might want to shut the program off? Reasons already considered are funding, power consumption and ...
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The affect of someone's mental reaction timing in a simulated or virtual reality [closed]

When playing an RPG game, it often becomes clear that reaction time can significantly raise a player's ability to accomplish, even if they are a lower level player. Similarly, a game that is played ...
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Could there be a planet that is naturally comprised of elements past ununoctium?

Because elements are classified by the number of protons they have, could there potentially be planets or environments that are so dense that they are made up of elements potentially greater than ...
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What would be the equivalent of a Mouse in VR/MR/AR?

In short: 3D, immersive version of a mouse needed. How does it work? Call it whatever you want, Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality, Augmented Reality. They're all slightly different, and yet they share ...
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What would getting hit by a micro black hole laser look like?

So your star and/or planet gets hit by the CrushSun. The huge laser looks terrifying, but then you realize that the main weapon is the microblack hole it hit you with. What does it look like when a ...
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What physical constraints should a near omnipotent civilization consider when simulating a Universe?

Background The Foo are a universe spanning civilization ranking near IV on the Kardashev scale. As explained in this question, they have decided to devote their vast resources towards the ...
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What sort of problem would drive a near omnipotent civilization to seek an “outside the box” solution?

The Setup A while back, I read an article in which the author compared the rise and fall of civilizations in the universe to a forest. In the forest, small plants come into being, grow, and die over ...
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Life In A Virtual World

Imagine a virtual world sort of the one outlined in the question Will sufficiently advanced societies ultimately embrace living in a simulated world? We've advanced in technology to the point that ...
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NPCs discover they are in a video game. Do they let the PCs know? [closed]

Would they make their presence and awareness of the game-situation known, or would they keep their simulated heads down and continue poking undetected, hoping that some automated bug-cleaner doesn't ...
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Earth 2015 is a simulation - the funding has been pulled - how can we make ourselves interesting again? [closed]

Our world is a simulation; it is part of an exhibition in a science museum in an alien dimension. Lately, visitors to the museum have become bored with the exploits of the inhabitants of the sim. It ...
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Could We Simulate Alien Life?

Imagine that, without any aliens having been ever found, we get to a point where we can build sub-atomically precise simulations of reality, spanning at least something the size (if not the likeness) ...
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What if your legs would not stop moving in the walking motion [closed]

What if your legs would not stop moving in the walking motion. I mean every human if they all moved at the same speed and momentum. What would the world be like now. Just what if.
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Computer resources needed to simulate our universe [closed]

Let's assume that the theory shown in this news is true: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150427101633.htm. What would be the needed resources to simulate all the behaviour that our ...
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Can we determine if we are in a simluation using different variable precision

I'm posing it as more of a philosophical question. Assume our Universe is a simulated one. What features would I put in a Universe simulation (e.g. to reduce computational requirements) and how ...
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How to indirectly kill someone?

The Scenario Earth everyone on earth learns that they are in a simulation, and your everyday Joe Shmo suddenly learns that he can control the flow of time. He can advance himself forward or backward ...
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What's the most entertaining way to prove to someone that they aren't real?

Bob is a garage physicist. By some stroke of luck (though Bob would assure you it was his sheer genius), Bob has managed to be the first person to discover that our world just recently became a ...
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Will sufficiently advanced societies ultimately embrace living in a simulated world?

Current Development Virtual reality (VR) devices are still mainly used for amusement like in this video of the game Skyrim in virtual reality using Oculus Rift. With augmented reality (AR) devices ...
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What directive would cause an ASI to put everyone in a benevolent Matrix?

I'm trying to figure out a way to create a situation much like the apocalypse of Turry from Robotica, but which involves all the people on Earth being either temporarily or permanently strapped into a ...
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Living in Parallel Hell

Scenario Set in year 2115, Earth. A law states that all newborn babies are required to have several electronic implants surgically attached to the frontal lobe, a part of the brain that governs ...
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Software to design villages with orthographic view

Is there a software solution or technique for making static 3D images of a realistic looking village? I am hoping for an orthographic view. I know there is the new Cities: Skyline, but it makes cities,...
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Do we live in a simulation? [closed]

If we live in a virtual reality, then why do we never see people or objects appear or disappear suddenly? Is this proof that we do not exist in a simulation?
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How would society react if they found indisputable proof that the universe is a virtual reality?

This is similar to this question Some scientists found indisputable evidence that the universe is all just a simulation. Maybe they found the code that is running the simulation (I don't know how) ...
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Classifying possible sources of supernatural abilities in a simulated universe

Let's assume that the world is a (rather crude, video-game-like) simulation and that each sentient being is just a program running in the system. The universe resembles our own on the macroscopic ...
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Is this 80.000km-diameter world plausible?

Characteristics: has close to 80.000km in diameter The atmosphere is composed of: -30% hydrogen (cold gas planets have hydrogen but it makes sense it exists in a rocky planet?) -20% oxygen -49% ...
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What if our world is a program? [closed]

Like, I mean what if all of us, the fact that we exist, is nothing but an algortihm and humans, intelligent, evolving functions or objects or even classes, inheriting from one main class/template. ...
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Hacking the universe

Imagine the whole universe is a simulation. This should include also the people living in the universe (so more Simulacron than Matrix). And now imagine there's a group of hackers who knows (or ...