A while ago, we wrote about the mind-blowing ramifications of No Man’s Sky. If anybody has studied The Simulation Hypothesis, it’s pretty crazy to think that the very world we experience could be nothing more than a computer simulation.
Well, now our theological presumptions are going to be tested even further, with the crowd-funded game You Are God: The God Sim.
Made by Portland-based developer Ross Trip, You Are God is a literal ‘god simulator.’ You take a planet, and guide the development of it’s dominant species; as they craft a simulation guided by your hand.
It’s pretty mind-blowing for a number of reasons – not least of which being the philosophical implications of such a game. If mankind ever developed true Artificial Intelligence – something we are on the very cusp of doing – what’s to stop us inhabiting a virtual universe with virtual individuals, with the functional reasoning power of ‘live’ people.
To them, the world they live in – the video game, in the mold of You Are God – is the only reality they know. Maybe they’d be on their virtual planet, arguing whether it’s billions of years old, or merely 6,000 years old, when in fact their entire universe was created last Tuesday when the gamer switched on their computer for the first time.
It’s pretty mind-expanding stuff; and makes us question our own place in the world, even as we control the world of our virtual subjects.