A flaw in the matrix: these people who believe they are living in a computer simulation

The concept of “simulation theory” is not new. On the contrary, he has been talked about since René Descartes proposed an alternative in a philosophical argument – and perhaps long before that. This theory effectively supports the idea that we humans live in a simulation in a world that is externally controlled by one or more unknown entities. An opinion that Elon Musk also seems to share.

A theory taken up by a film released in the late 1990s

Simulation theory therefore suggests that the planet we live on, the people we encounter and our destinies, to name a few, are part of an environment created and controlled by beings with overpowering computers.

A scenario that is somewhat reminiscent of the 1999 Matrix film by Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski. As a reminder, this feature film depicts a dystopian future in which humanity, unbeknownst to it, is trapped in a simulated reality managed by artificial intelligences: the matrix.

Interviews with different people

In his documentary “A Flaw in the Matrix”, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, Rodney Ascher explores the concept, drawing on facts and stories from people for whom theory has become a vision of the world.

The documentary contains interviews with various people for this purpose, including the Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom, author of an influential article in 2003, and a certain brother Læo Mystwood, who describes how a series of coincidences and strange events led to to believe that the world is a simulation.

Simulations of ancestors?

The final sequences of A Glitch in the Matrix include a terrifying interview with Joshua Cooke, who murdered his parents in 2003 after he was convinced he was living in a “matrix”, as in the film by the Wachowski brothers, who are now considered sisters .

“Choose the blue pill and it all stops, then you can have sweet dreams and think what you want.” Choose the red pill: you stay in wonderland and we descend with the white rabbit to the bottom of the abyss. »Photo credit: Shutterstock / diy13

Notice that in his article “Do you live in a computer simulation? Bostrom said future human civilizations might be interested in doing “ancestral simulations” to examine their past. So it could be that we are a simulation of a human civilization that once existed in basic reality.

Whether in a computer simulation or not, this new documentary by Rodney Ascher shows how culture can change the way we see the world. A Glitch in the Matrix has been available on online platforms since February 5th.