Questions tagged [simulation]

For questions about the imitation of reality - achieved digitally or otherwise.

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Can time go faster in a Matrix than in reality?

So. I've come up with a live-action video game, essentially like Ready Player One or The Matrix. You put on a helmet, which then intercepts your brain signals and causes you to enter a virtual reality....
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Hacking the simulation to do time travel (with quantum computers?)

I am trying to come up with a plausible speculative physics explanation for a story I am writing where the conceit is that phsyicists discover the universe is a simulation. The idea is that the ...
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Physical properties of a "pocket realm"

Let's assume for a moment that we live within a simulation. Let's now assume that roughly 400k city (with inhabitants) and a couple of neighboring settlements gets removed from the simulation and then ...
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A civilization running simulations to select intellegences for space missions

My protagonist is a magician from Sword and Sorcery world with a soft magic system which wakes up in a spacecraft with a non intelligent voice interface which does exactly as told without any regard ...
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Breaking out of a simulated world

For example in one of Rick and Morty episodes, Rick breaks out of a simulation during a concert (overloads the alien CPU with computations). Assuming concert is not an option, how could a character ...
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Simulated warship quarters?

This universe is 500 to 700 years in the future. Navy vessels are a kilometer long cylinder with rotating hab rings. The main cylinder is basically a railgun, reactors and a bunch a nuclear missiles. ...
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What would a world look like if everything was a billion times more massive? [closed]

All atoms are still the same size/mass - it's just that the Earth, people, grass, bugs, etc - everything is more massive by a billion times. So since the Earth would be a billion times more massive, ...
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Is it possible for someone living in a simulation to figure out they are in a simulation? [closed]

I have thought up a plan for a book where the characters are living in a simulation that has terrible OS. They somehow find out they are in a simulation and save the world™. The world is otherwise ...
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Evaluating the Plausibility That We Are in A Simulation [closed]

In the near future, our understanding of the physical sciences has continued to press forward, but not radically in most veins, and discoveries have largely not upended current theories about the ...
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What's it like to be an uploaded human with limited computing power?

In most science fiction where humans are simulated or uploaded onto computers, the humans are simulated with perfect fidelity. But this seems unlikely-- humans are very expensive to run. In Robin ...
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Looking for a Solar System Simulator including the smaller celestial body, for macOS

I am researching for a sci-fi story that will happen in 2136. There will be a lot of traveling in the Inner Solar System and I need to know the relative distances between two objects. Also, I would ...
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A new type of paradox? [closed]

Imagine we had this incredibly powerful computer that can simulate our universe, and that we somehow knew the initial conditions of the big bang (or the planet earth) down to the exact detail. Fast ...
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If slaying virtual monsters can increase one's magical power, why would many veterans rather ditch the simulation?

Set 100 years into the future, a mysterious meteor landed in the pacific ocean and since then reports of supernatural phenomenon exploded exponentially throughout the world. People waking up the next ...
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Why are people needed to create simulated experiences?

Let's say I have the ability to create a fully immersive VR experience a la The Matrix. The quality of this simulation is sufficient that a person "inside" cannot necessarily¹ tell the difference ...
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How to create Matrix-like simulation?

Movies like The Matrix and video games like The Evil Within have popularized the idea of a simulated reality. I'm talking about a human connected to a computer and able to experience similar things ...
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Looking for a layman's plasma simulator [closed]

Modelling plasma in a magnetic field is hard, it has to be or we would have fusion power already. Do you know of an application that could be used to simulate the rough / dumbed-down behaviour of a ...
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If reality were frame-rate based, how could we detect it?

Inspired by this question regarding reality as simulation and this question about a continuous time line, it made me wonder: if our time were indeed like a high frame-rate simulation, how could we ...
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Artificial sky and sun for underground and remote colonies

I has this idea for quite a while. I searched for information on the internet but I could see no reference. All searches gave results on the same idea but the effect was not what I'm looking for. The ...
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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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Tiny Earth: How will it affect seasons and weather? [closed]

In my story, humans are testing AIs by placing them inside of a simulated universe and seeing how their society evolves. However, to save on processing power, the scientists have reduced the size of ...
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Is there a simulation-within-simulation bedrock?

This question assumes the following is true: Our universe is simulated We will eventually have the capacity and ability to easily simulate our own universe Every point in time at every place will be ...
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