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Nested Universe Theory

This is Nested Universe Theory.
A thought essay by Neville Medhora.

Special thanks to inspiration from: Ray Kurzeil, Elon Musk, Rick & Morty.

Theres a theory that this entire universe exists in a sort of computer simulation.  I first heard about this theory maybe 10 years ago.

It sounded totally kooky, until you actually think about it some more.  The more I think about it, the more is seems plausible that we live in a nested universe.

When I say “Nested” I mean a file structure like this:
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At some point there must be a “base reality” where things actually exist.  This “base reality” will eventually develop a civilization that becomes advanced enough to simulate its own universe. Then a civilization inside the simulated universe develops IT’S own simulation and so forth.

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Why would someone want to simulate a universe??

There are many reasons people would want to simulate a universe, here’s the 3 primary ones:

Reason #1: Experimentation:
It’s just cool! It would be awesome to see which possible outcomes for a universe would be best. To see what would happen in a tense situation like a war, and whether or not to start one.

You could test different physical limits. Just like we can control gravity and other parameters in a video game, we could test out different parameters in a simulation such as gravity strength per unit of mass, the speed of light (maybe make it 100,000 mph in one universe and 10,000,000 mph in another and see what happens.

In our world we already run digital simulations of the physical world lol the time. Fluid dynamics, virtual wind testing, ocean current predictions, weather pattern predictions, hurricane predictions, blood flow predictions, brain simulations etc.

Reason #2: Fun and Entertainment:
We already simulate real life in pretty vivid detail with computer games. Elon Musk said: “Assuming any rate of advancement in game technology AT ALL, gaming experiences will be indistinguishable from real life.”

Games like world of Warcraft and GTA already have millions of linked players online, and many of the characters in the game are already basic AI’s that can do critical thinking, manipulate their environments, and play in the confines of their reality. So saying people could “live inside a video game” is actually not that crazy….it seems like we’re already part of the way there.

Most games are already crude simulations of life. Racing games, skateboarding games, war games, whatever…..their goal is always to have an experience within the safety of a fake world.

You can play Super Mario and die 1,000 times in the game, but be perfectly safe in our world!

Reason #3: Profit:
Imagine being able to simulate the world and profit from the information about the future…..

Guess what?

We already do that! We simulate weather patterns to make future predictions, we simulate financial markets to make profits, we simulate stuff like housing prices to predict where they’ll go. Simulations are getting better all the time.

Currently we can predict weather patterns by emulating 1km square blocks of the world. That means one “pixel” of this simulation is actually quite huge, therefore creating innaccuracy in the simulation. Roughly every two years that “pixel” halves in size.

Some super-rough math: A kilometer is 100,000 centimeters….it will take only 15 half-ings (or about 30 years) to simulate the world down to the centimeter. That means in a basic weather simulation, it could also take into account the body heat your own body contributes to the global temperature!
Within 15 more half-ings (another 30 years or maybe less) that simulation will be at the .000001% of a centimeter accuracy.
This will only take 60 years current pace.
It’s not unthinkable that within 100 to 200 years humans will be able to simulate our entire Earth at near Planck-length accuracy!

……and this scenario is assuming computational increases will happen at the same pace they always have. Although around the 2030’s or 2040’s it’s likely computers will take over the function of designing processing power (rather than slow humans), and expand it at an almost unthinkable rate.
Being able to simulate the Earth (or certain areas or brains or humans) will help predict the future, just like if you know the location and trajectory of a bunch of pool balls on a pool table, you can easily predict where they will go when hit.

Basic games on your phone can already predict this with astonishing accuracy. Similarly, if you know the location and trajectory of every atom within a system, you can also know exactly what will happen in that system with amazing accuracy.

If the tiny computer in your pocket can already run a million of these pool table trajectory simulations at the same time, its not hard to believe that our largest supercomputer in 60 years will be able to run several atom-scale simulations of the Earth. It actually seems downright improbable that in 100 years we won’t be able to do this.

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If I personally had the ability to run accurate experiments in a fake digital world without any consequences to me in the “real” world……I would do all sorts of experiments!

  • In one world, I would be a total douchenozzle to everyone I met, fuck over any acquaintances, and do heinous crimes all the time.
  • In one world, I would be ultra nice and helpful and kind and see how it plays out.
  • In one world, I would change the parameters of my character to be 7 feet tall and see how his life plays out.
  • In one world, I would change the parameters of my character to be female and see what happens.
  • In one world, I would have my character take an alternate path in life at a crucial turning point, for example have him go to a different college or get married really young or unexpectedly have a child.

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Basically this capability to experiment on your life “if it were a certain way” could help dictate how you would live your own life.

This could be the biggest “self help” tool ever! Or it could go horribly wrong in some way we didn’t expect.  I wish we could just run a simulation and see how it turns out ;-)

 

So a nested universe theory would state that we are a universe inside a universe inside a universe universe etc….

This structure reminds me a lot of folders in a computer drive, or a VPS machine (virtual private server) where your software believes it’s hosted on its own individual server, but really there’s hundreds of “virtual” servers on the same machine.

If our universe is a simulation on a machine, what physics says are alternate universes (multiverse theory) could actually just be the other root installs on our server! We could just be one install out of thousands on a random server rack somewhere!

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We might just be “Universe-26-B-259″…and in this universe simulation everything has gone the way it has:

  • A billion years into Earth’s formation there was small replicating life.
  • A “human” life form known as “Thomas Jefferson” was once the leader of a human designated plot of cooled rock called a “country.”
  • The speed of light on Universe-26-B-259 is 299,792 km per second.
  • A force called “gravity” exists in this universe.
  • Disk space: 40 xenottabytes.
  • Processing speed: 2.8 zetahertz.

The next universe on the server might be a little different, with gravity being less per mass and the speed of light faster. These small parameter changes could mean drastically different outcomes for this install. Maybe gravity is so weak in this universe, planets are normally 10,000x the size of normal planets in our galaxy before they provide enough gravity and stability for self-replicating life to form.

There might be millions of these instances running at one time, maybe even in a few seconds each, but we interpret it in real time.

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This actually isn’t that crazy, because it’s kind of what we already do in data centers.  A hosting company might have thousands of servers running thousands of installs:

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Is it possible to break out of a simulation?
This is not totally know yet, so let’s explore both possibilities:

You DO have the ability break out of your simulation:
This could be a Matrix-type situation where you break out of your simulation, but the real world actually just sucks and it’s just better to be in the simulation.

I’d imagine if you were playing a game, and inside the game was a sufficiently intelligent program, it would maybe figure out how to manipulate your game console.

For example if you are playing Minecraft, create an AI simulation inside, and it gets smart enough to access your computers other functions. It might be able to take it’s knowledge and create a version of it’s self in YOUR actual world.

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In the computer server example in this article, imagine an entity getting smart enough, figuring out it WAS instead contained inside a simulation, and it created access to the “root” of the server. In this case, that entity would be able to access all the different universes on the server. So it seems plausible that this could happen depending on the architecture of the system.

Suppose you can NEVER break out of the simulation:
It might be impossible to break out of your simulation if the creator built it well, but you can always create your own simulation! You can make your own simulation within the simulation and make your own reality in that!

You could also just KNOW that life is just a simulation and therefore not give a f*** about what happens to you (reminds of Rick from Rick & Morty)!

Anyways, I just got to Denver and leaving the airport now, must end post, hope you enjoyed :)

Louis CK gets better

I’m a nerd so I watch YouTube videos and interviews allllll the time when at home.

One of my absolute favorite pieces of entertainment which I learned a hulluvalot from is a short documentary called “Talking Funny” (It’s just Jerry Seinfeld, Ricky Gervais, Louis CK, and Chris Rock talking about being funny for an hour….and it’s FREAKING AMAZING).

There’s a profound moment I will NEVER forget…

It was said by Louis CK, while he was talking about how he makes his act stronger:

Click the image below and it’ll take you to the video starting at the 4min15second mark:


Link: http://youtu.be/OKY6BGcx37k?t=4m15s

He says this brilliant thing:

“One of the things I started doing was taking my closing bit, and opening with it, just to fuck myself.  Because then I have to follow my strongest bit.  So the end of my act gets stronger, because I don’t have a choice.

–Louis CK

I won’t sit here and micro-examine that phrase, because I’m sure you extract what you need from it on your own.

Just thought I’d share this piece of advice that’s stuck with me since the day I watched it (I’ve since watched it at least 30+ times…no joke)!

Watch it now, or save it for later.  Enjoy!
-Neville

Tell a friend to singup to me: Hey

How to be a copywriter – A newbie guide

Sooo many people want to work at home, and they immediately start searching for “business ideas” or “consulting ideas” they can do.

One of the highest paid and easiest (in terms of equipment needed) services you can do is copywriting.

Essentially you type out words on a laptop from anywhere in the world….and people pay money for it (often A LOT of money since you’re helping improve conversion rates of businesses….which obviously makes them a lot of money).

Writing Copy From Office

 

Copywriting is useful for consulting, but it’s ESPECIALLY useful (and profitable) if you already own a business.
You can see my 1st success with copywriting here.
Password is: MonkeyWhale

So after becoming a Q-level celebrity from my 1st KopywritingKourse, I get this question allll the time:

How should I begin learning about copywriting??

If they have money…. I tell them to first watch my KopywritingKourse.

If they’re poor….. I give them this free advice:

I always give people these two pieces of advice to get started.  It’s certainly what got me on the right path.

If they ever ask me follow-up questions about copy, I immediately ask if they took my advice.

If yes, I’ll try to help.

If no, I tell them to go back and do it.  It’s a waste of time for me to personally re-teach them this stuff….especially if they haven’t even taken the effort to learn it themselves.

Watch the video, and take the advice.  It’ll be good introductory material for you to start of 2013!

Sincerely,
Neville – A Kopywriting Kelebrity

 

By the way…..if you have a friend who could use this advice, can you send them this video also?  Thanks!

Weird YouTube Video Counts

I’ve always been skeptical about the YouTube view counter.

I’m trynna become a famous youtuber here, so I got to watch the stats!

Every time I post a video it’ll get something like 300 views…..but I KNOW that it’s getting more.  I’ll refresh in a few hours later and the count will still be the same.

Even with this recent email the same thing happened.

An email was sent to about 750,000 people on AppSumo today, a percentage of which either saw this on a page or an email:

When I snapped this screenshot, there were:

  • 225 Tweets
  • Tons of Facebook shares
  • 99 YouTube comments
  • Almost 100 comments on the post.

……yet look at this video counter:


Only 305 views??

Yea right.  The numbers don’t add up.  I can even see people adding new comments all the time, but the views don’t go up.

So what’s up then?  I Googled around and found this fascinating video about this YouTube number count phenomenon.  Hope you nerds out there enjoy this as much as I did!  Enjoy!

 

Cool huh!?
-Nev

Pretending I know how to play the bass

One of my completely-non-financial-related  March 2011 goals was, “Play bass scales for at least 30 minutes per day.”

This isn’t just a goal to get better at the bass guitar…in fact I BARELY EVEN PLAY the bass!

But a funny thing happened recently….

A very close friend is getting married, and wanted me and my brother to play a set of jazz at her wedding! In Indian weddings, close friends of the bride/groom do all sorts of dances…so this is me and my brother’s entertainment contribution.

Unfortunately I suck at the guitar.  I mean…I can play several songs really well, but I don’t know much music theory, which means I simply memorize songs but can’t improvise.

This left me roughly 3 months to become an expert bass and guitar player (fortunately my brother is really good so he can just cover me the whole time).  So the learning began….

I kid you not….to learn more about the guitar, I started downloading iPhone apps!

Here’s one of my favorite apps (Jam Tracks) that lets you select a key and it plays a “backing track” which you can play along with:

Then it shows you simple scales that go along with that key….so as long as you play those scales, the backing tracking and your playing will sound good together.

This gets you playing your scales in a MUCH MORE FUN way than simply repeating it without music.

So hopefully in the next month I’ll be able to get good enough (and have enough stamina) to play a 30 or 45 minute jazz set!

Just for fun I tried playing a song all by myself with some of these newly learned scales. Check it out!

The bass line is simply the first four notes of a scale, and the guitar track is me simply improvising on a guitar scale.  Put them together…BAM!  It looks like I know what I’m doing (sort of)  ;-)

Now of course I need to practice, but the thing about this performance is it’s in front of a lot of people.

If you want to get good at public speaking…you should probably give a lot of speeches in front of an audience for practice.

Hence….if I’m playing in front of people, I should probably give it a shot a few times before doing it live.  Who knows…maybe I’ll get terrible stage fright and freeze up?

Fortunately I live in Austin, which happens to be the Live Music Captiol of the World…..and it turns out one of our friends hosts an “Open Mic” night on Monday’s.  I took some friends and signed up.

At first the open mic was mainly semi-professional people playing solo with their guitars and singing…but then they opened it up for a random jam session. Random people jumped on different instruments and we just started playing.  I hopped one of the guitars first and the bass later (don’t have video of the bass part).

A friend took some video of me playing….I honestly had no idea what the hell I was doing, but it turned out ok.   Everyone else was playing by ear, and I was sitting on a stool with an iPhone on my lap! Watch the video and you can see me literally reading scales off the phone :-)

….so that was my first real live jam session.   I must say, I actually got a wee-bit nervous before getting on.  However once playing I hardly took notice of the crowd.  It was pretty fun :-)

The Condenser Mic

For Christmas my brother bought me a Samson C01U Studio Condenser Microphone. That’s basically fancy talk for a high quality microphone I can hookup to my computer:

I always wanted a nice mic but never got around to buying one, and now I realize all the fun things I can do with it.
For example:
  • I can speak like I’m on NPR radio and talk like the Saturday morning classical music announcer. Today we’ll be listening to Concierto Number 5 by Beethoven.
  • I can even talk like God.
Silly stuff aside, I can record written posts into audio, all in a high quality format. I have some expensive software such as Adobe Sound Booth, but the free and open source program Audacity is by far my favorite and easiest to use so far.
I wrote this post simply to have a script to read from. You can now hear the whole thing here:
(or if that doesn’t work, download here).

Flash Experimenting – Interactive Objects

My main goal in my learning Flash phase is to learn how to create interactive objects. This is a first run trial of just that:

Pretty basic and simple stuff, but such a small effect can be very useful in more serious applications. I’m still learning Flash, and I’ve gotta say, it’s pretty fun!

Also, if any of my sites start acting a little funky this coming weekend it’s because I’m transferring to a new, upgraded server.

First Post

This blog will be dedicated to tracking my financial progress. Today I turn 22, let’s see how far I can financially advance by the time I am 23.