There is an ongoing PBS TV series (also several books and also a website) called “Closer To Truth”. It is hosted by neuroscientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn. He’s featured in one-on-one interviews and panel discussions with the cream of the cream of today’s cosmologists, physicists, philosophers, theologians, psychologists, etc. on all of the Big Questions surrounding a trilogy of broad topics – Cosmos; Consciousness; Meaning. The trilogy collectively dealt with reality, space and time, mind and consciousness, aliens, theology and on and on and on. Here’s a fourth helping of my comments on one of the general topics covered, the subject dealing with the concept of the simulation hypothesis – are we ‘living’ as virtual reality beings in a simulated landscape? Much of what follows centres around debates I entered into on the various topics heading each section.
There are 10 key steps for creating realistic, scenario-based, decision-making simulations. They are:
1. Needs Assessment
Sure you have been in a video arcade so you must have seen shooting game consoles that allow you to target almost any imaginable thing: ghosts, criminals, birds, even cans. The games are even complete with a toy gun so you can aim at your target and take it down on one shot.