NASA scientist says we may be living in a Matrix-like digital imprisonment designed by Aliens

NASA scientist says we may be living in a Matrix-like digital imprisonment designed by Aliens

WELCOME to The Matrix. You’ve lived here all your life.

(Express UK) Everything you have ever done or will do could simply be the product of a highly-advanced computer code.

Every relationship, every sentiment, every memory could have been generated by banks of supercomputers.

This was the terrifying theory first proposed by British philosopher Nick Bostrom.

The shocking hypothesis was penned four years after Andrew and Lana Wachowski wrote and directed The Matrix, a film set in a dystopian future in which humans are subdued by a simulated reality.

Every relationship, every sentiment, every memory could have been generated by banks of supercomputers
GETTY • WARNER BROS – Every relationship, every sentiment, every memory could have been generated by banks of computers
In his paper, Dr Bostrom suggested a race of far-evolved descendants could be behind our digital imprisonment.

The futuristic beings – human or otherwise – could be using virtual reality to simulate a time in the past or recreate how their remote ancestors lived.

Sound crazy? Well, it turns out NASA thinks Dr Bostrom might be right.

The Standard Model of Physics does not yet hold an explanation for the force of gravity
GETTY- The Standard Model of Physics does not yet hold an explanation for the force of gravity Source: Express UK

[pullquote]”Many theorists have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how you explain this” — Rich Terrile, director at NASA[/pullquote]

Rich Terrile, director of the Centre for Evolutionary Computation and Automated Design at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has spoken out about the digital simulation.

“Right now the fastest NASA supercomputers are cranking away at about double the speed of the human brain,” the NASA scientist told Vice.

“If you make a simple calculation using Moore’s Law [which roughly claims computers double in power every two years], you’ll find that these supercomputers, inside of a decade, will have the ability to compute an entire human lifetime of 80 years – including every thought ever conceived during that lifetime – in the span of a month.

“In quantum mechanics, particles do not have a definite state unless they’re being observed.

“Many theorists have spent a lot of time trying to figure out how you explain this.

“One explanation is that we’re living within a simulation, seeing what we need to see when we need to see it.

“What I find inspiring is that, even if we are in a simulation or many orders of magnitude down in levels of simulation, somewhere along the line something escaped the primordial ooze to become us and to result in simulations that made us – and that’s cool.”

The idea that our Universe is a fiction generated by computer code solves a number of inconsistencies and mysteries about the cosmos.

Professor Fermi known for achieving the first controlled nuclear reaction, leads a lecture
GETTY – Professor Fermi known for achieving the first controlled nuclear reaction, leads a lecture 
Enrico Fermi outside an atomic energy plant in Newport in October 1957
AP – Enrico Fermi outside an atomic energy plant in Newport in October 1957 
The first is the Fermi Paradox – proposed by physicist Enrico Fermi during the 1960s – which highlights the contradiction between the apparent high probability of extraterrestrial civilisations within our ever-expanding universe and humanity’s lack of contact with, or lack of evidence for, these alien colonies.

“Where is everybody?” Mr Fermi asked.

It could simply be that Earth and mankind truly is the centre of the universe.

Another mystery explained by Dr Bostrom’s Matrix-like theory is the role of Dark Matter.

US theoretical cosmologist Michael Turner has called the hypothetical material “the most profound mystery in all of science”.

Dark Matter is one of many hypothetical materials used to explain a number of anomalies in the Standard Model – the all-encompassing theory science has used to explain the particles and forces of nature for the last 50 years.

The Standard Model of particle physics tells us that there are 17 fundamental particles which make up atomic matter.

A scientist works within the ATLAS control room, part of the Large Hadron Collider facility
GETTY – A scientist works within the ATLAS control room, part of the Large Hadron Collider facility
Scientists hope to prove the existence of Dark Matter within the CERN accelerator
GETTY – Scientists hope to prove the existence of Dark Matter within the CERN accelerator 
The Higgs boson, which was first theorised by scientists during the 1960s, is amongst these 17 fundamental particles.

In summer 2012, scientists at CERN observed what is now believed to be the elusive “God particle”.

But the Standard Model is as-yet unable to explain a number of baffling properties of the universe – including the fact that the universe is expanding at an ever-increasing speed.

Dark Matter is believed to be a web-like matter that binds visible matter together.

If it exists, it would explain why galaxies spin at the speed they do – something which remains unexplained based only on what we can currently observe.

The Standard Model does not yet hold an explanation for the force of gravity.

The as-yet unproven existence of Dark Matter could be explained by a virtual universe.

But not everybody is convinced about The Matrix explanation.

Professor Peter Millican, who teaches philosophy and computer science at Oxford University, thinks the virtual reality explanation is flawed.

“The theory seems to be based on the assumption that ‘superminds’ would do things in much the same way as we would do them,” he said.

“If they think this world is a simulation, then why do they think the superminds – who are outside the simulation – would be constrained by the same sorts of thoughts and methods that we are?

“They assume that the ultimate structure of a real world can’t be grid like, and also that the superminds would have to implement a virtual world using grids.

“We can’t conclude that a grid structure is evidence of a pretend reality just because our ways of implementing a pretend reality involve a grid.”

Professor Millican does believe there is worth in investigating the idea.

“It is an interesting idea, and it’s healthy to have some crazy ideas,” he told The Telegraph.

“You don’t want to censor ideas according to whether they seem sensible or not because sometimes important new advances will seem crazy to start with.

“You never know when good ideas may come from thinking outside the box.

“This Matrix thought-experiment is actually a bit like some ideas of Descartes and Berkeley, hundreds of years ago.

“Even if there turns out to be nothing in it, the fact that you have got into the habit of thinking crazy things could mean that at some point you are going to think of something that initially may seem rather way out, but turns out not to be crazy at all.”

Source: Express UK



  • This is hilarious. The mind thinks what it thinks is real! Buddhas know that
    all is illusion, but not of the mind’s making. So what is it then?? This sounds like more
    ‘mindfuck’……just how the alien technology would want you to believe.

  • That’s really hilarious.
    They are basing their ideas on already disproved physic theories such as Einstein’s Special Relativity Theory or the already disproved “Heisenberg Uncertanty Principle”.
    Both disproved by modern quantum physics. When scientists and engineers build something – they do NOT use Einstein’s Theories but quantum physics.

    Now to the Fermi Paradox. Over 80% of the US citizens swear by god they have seen UFOs. Even Obama said so in multiple interviews. Over half of the US senators said they have seen UFOs, 2 even say they talked to aliens.
    Then there is the statement of Hon. Paul Hellyer – Minister of National Defense who said; there are aliens on earth – the investigations I ordered all came back with proof of aliens on earth as well as alien contact with multiple US agencies in the past 50 years.
    Here is the youtube video – it is a television recording of 2013 – available thousand times over on the net – it was BROADCASTET LIVE all over the United States of America as well as Canada:

    Therefore – the assumption that we live in a matrix is based on already disproved facts and theories.
    If a theory is based on a flawed theory it is therefore invalid itself. Q.E.D.

    • In this article, the super-minds or aliens that would have created us, or at least this simulation, wouldn’t necessarily have to be the same aliens us humans claim to see. In fact, the simple explanation is: they aren’t, and the aliens referred to in the article are just another part of the same simulation created by a completely different set of aliens.

      Also, I think it’s fair to say that the paradox you mentioned can only dismiss the means, not the end result.

      For example:

      Back when everyone believed the earth was flat, let’s pretend a man named Bill thought it was round, but for a completely ridiculous reason (like the Earth being laid by a giant bird, therefore rounded and not flat at all). Let’s also pretend he made everybody else believe it too, and that they even came up with crazy experiments to support his flawed theory; not once running into a shred of contradicting information…well, Bill’s theory would be wrong, but Earth would still be round, just like he thought it was.

      Any thoughts on this?

    • einstein’s theories of relativity have not been disproven. in fact, they hold up very well. to put it in (overly) simple terms, the standard model works for things on the atomic and subatomic scale but doesn’t explain things at the scale of black holes and galaxies, while special and general relativity explain things at galactic scales but doesn’t work very well at the atomic level.

      this is one of the central problems in modern physics – unifying these apparently incompatible theories. but, hey, don’t take my word for it. check out the wikipedia articles.

      as far as the uncertainty principle, that hasn’t been disproven either. there have been criticisms, but it’s effects are routinely observed in experiments. again, check out the wiki.

      and as for the fermi paradox… well i don’t believe we live in a matrix, but if we do then the paradox itself could be part of the simulation.

    • happy to learn that when ” engineers” build something they use quantum physics !!!
      quantum physic is not even totally understood . But maybe you have some example of quantum engineering…. so tell us

  • If this is true, that would mean the discovery of this information is part of the simulation, implying the aliens/superhumans would just give away their biggest secrets.. highly doubt that. GG, Author.

    • It could mean that we have free will within the system and it is running as a simulation to see what we will do/think/build etc. This would be more interesting than something predetermined. And if we’re enclosed in this system it doesn’t matter what we discover– we can’t get out.

      • Sorry, The Event Chronicle, but we are not experiencing entropy on this planet. Life and it’s organization has been and continues to be the opposite of entropy.


        Earth is not a closed system. It has a constant input of material from outer space as well as a constant stream of new energy being put in by the Sun.

        Nice try, though.

    • ” Ayahuasca the universe in other words”
      a vision on Ayhuasca at the end of the film
      by P. baumont


  • One time, when I was on mushrooms, I imagined that I was a mouse in a lab and my reality was being simulated by a machine I as a mouse, was hooked up to…

    • the use of substance , may be the only way to approach the reality of our programm , you are right…

  • Once I had this exact same theory, only I compared it to a highly advanced version of the Sims. That was some awesome weed. Apparently, NASA scientists also get the good stuff.

  • Andrew and Lana Wachowski did not write the Matrix. Any of it for that matter. Google & Research Sophia Stewart the Real Writer of the Trillology.

  • Yeah what a bunch of bullshit. I honestly laugh at people who scoff at spirituality or a belief in God yet spew this web of hypocritical and fantastical theories about an alien super race who designed us and controlled every ancient civilization since the dawn of man. Ird a belief no more insane than my belief in an omnipotent God. Actually this new age belief system that’s been MK Ultra’d into our society for roughly 100 years now only strengthens my belief in God. We are being played and manipulated like pawns on a chessboard. Project Blue Beam is in full operation and I’m just waiting for the day our “masters” come to tell us how we’ve been bad little humans and it’s time for a change. The NWO with the anti Christ at the helm, I’ll be laughing my ass off at the confused ignorant syncophants who will be begging for answers and a place in the new world. But I know where I stand and I don’t fear that egotistical sociopath.

  • Hello,
    If you want to meet the Creator of the above-mentioned ‘simulation’, just take salvia divinorum. But think twice if you really want to do that and have in mind, that this would probably be the scariest thing you could ever experience. We are, indeed, just actors in a huge play, and the less we try to take a peek behind the scenes – the better 😉

  • Oh dear, there seems to be a lot of people confusing philosophical theory with scientific theory.

  • If Super Beings are controlling our virtual reality, then how do they know, that their perhaps virtual reality is not being controlled by something bigger than they are?….Proof of GOD! ???

  • Life is essentially a heat dissapation system. In the short term it appears (incorrectly) that living things are part of a closed sysem – increasing in complexity by virtue of absorbing energy (sunlight) and converting inorganic chemicals into biochemistry and life in violation of entropy. In the long term, however, life, through evolving and consuming itself, transfers far more energy than say a rock and at a much faster rate. We, and all of the rest of the biosphere are in a very real sense, a singular complex event has so far lasted roughly three billion years. We are the universe attempting to look at itself through eyes and minds created primarily to survive and reproduce. “Reality,” is incomprehensible to our limited senses…relax, enjoy the shadow show.

  • Ah so my migraine headaches I get like every other day is just a computer virus can someone start up McAfee and get rid of this?

  • It’s an interesting article and I enjoyed many of the comments. However, the fact that “science” is not always correct is not a sign or proof that we live in a simulated reality. My question to all the brilliant minds at NASA: Are you ready to stand on the rooftop of a building and make the jump?
    I know that I’m not.

  • I don’t think this is crazy at all. I think it makes perfect sense. Reality as we know it could just be an experiment to see how far certain levels of “consciousness” can go within a system. Can they find their way back to the source code?

    If you look at the Hubble photos, there is no one else out there. How can that be? There are no grids, no straight lines indicating structures at all.

    We are either a game or an experiment. Or perhaps we serve a function for a larger machine. When this planet reaches a certain place and the life on it reaches a certain level, then that kicks in some function for a larger machine.

    Also, and this is outside the box, isn’t it remarkable that dinosaurs ruled the planet, then an asteroid just happened by to create humans? What are the odds of that, especially since there doesn’t seem to be life anywhere else that we have looked thus far?

    This would also explain why people FEEL there is a deity. This religious idea has been prevalent in all cultures. Maybe it’s not a deity, but just a program running.

  • I don’t get it.
    Scientists can believe in an all-powerful race, or system, but can’t believe in a God.
    They have yet to explain gravity or magnetism.
    They chase after a “God Particle” when God already says that He holds all things together.
    They can put faith in a belief such as this article, yet can’t believe that a “God” would be the controller.
    They take God out of science, and come up with all of the same aspects of Him, without Him.
    For the same reason everyone else does – Because God has rules, and people don’t want to follow those rules.
    So they come up with all kinds of ideas to try to explain life without Him.

    In 1982, long before the Matrix ever existed, I wrote a short story about Artificial Intelligence that was very similar to this idea. I’ve been way down this road. I’ve studied quantum physics, quarks, thermal dynamics, and evolution, but even Darwin said, “There is far too much order in the universe for it to have happened on it’s own.”

    Take the billions of planets that supposedly exist in the universe.
    Then chop that number down by the planets that are warm enough to sustain life.
    Cut that with the amount that have the correct carbon ratios needed to support life.
    Now, out of those, take only the ones that have “evolved” far enough to possibly have the ability to reason, or to ask the question “Why?” (A feat that is not easily answered.)
    You have already narrowed down your possibilities to a much smaller number.
    Ok, so add seasons to the mix, which get just to the edge of being too hot or too cold to continue to sustain life, yet they don’t. This all is dependent on the distance from the sun and the size of the sun.
    Consider the principle of Thermal Dynamics in a social light – that with the self destruction path that the human race is on, it possibly won’t survive long enough to become an “advance” race, capable of doing any of the things scientists think an advanced race could do. Judging by the idea of evolution, all life would have to develop from an animalistic past, with animalistic lusts for food, sex, domination, etc.
    So ANY lifeform would be fortunate to survive longer than we have, while we kill our planet and ourselves.
    That all doesn’t exclude the possibilities of life somewhere else,but it has certainly lessened those possibilities.

    Ok, now take the few planets that are left, with intelligent, rationalizing lifeforms – How many of those have a moon that is the perfect size and distance to create a perfect eclipse?

    Contrary to popular beliefs, the “possibilities” of intelligent life beyond this planet, are not as probable as you might think.

    Science minded people say they can’t believe in something they can not identify through science.
    However, they have to believe in eternity in reverse, or else in a “start” – that something came from nothing.
    Both origins are not acceptable to human logic. Both require “faith” to except. One or the other has to be.
    So either something, someone, or someones, put us here, or else we “poofed” here from nothing.
    Not wanting to accept God’s rules, we discount the stories He left us as fables, and we put faith in something else, claiming that we “can’t have faith”.

    If you could see it from my angle, you would think it all silly.

    I’ve seen more coincidences following prayer, that give me more sustainable evidence towards God, than I see in the above requirements for life, science, evolution, and any concocted imaginary theory that someone that thinks they know what is going on can come up with.
    From Multiverses, to dark matter, to string theories, to Copenhagen Interpretations, nothing I have ever studied has been able to satisfy my peace beyond complete submission to the God of the Bible.

    Religious nut? Whatever.

  • If you are interested in the core problems with all major theories, and the consistent, complete and comprehensive truth, you might want to read the books by Ashish Dalela. they are available at Amazon. And no, I do not have any self interest in any commercial promotion. I am just a seeker like everyone here.

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