Scientist Tests to See if We Really Are Living in the Matrix

Posted Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 08:20 pm GMT -4 by

What if Morpheus lied to Neo and we’re not in the “Desert of the Real” and we haven’t been this whole time?! Are you freaking out yet?

If you belong to the Millennial Generation, you probably remember that guy who lived in the dorm next to you whose self-made religion was based on the tenets of the Matrix Trilogy.  He believed our entire reality was a non-metaphorical computer program designed from the future. It was a belief that, of course, did NOT result from his deep depression that anime girls weren’t real.

Turns out, despite his overuse of the word “simulacra”, he may have been right.

Researchers at the University of Washington are testing to see whether it is possible to decipher if  our existence is real or if our sense of reality actually exists within a version of cyberspace.  Physicist Martin Savage theorizes that there may be elements in our universe that possibly indicate we are, in fact, living in a world that our descendents programmed for us.

“… if humans did develop enough time to perform numerical simulations of ourselves and we didn’t nuke ourselves before getting there then it’s more than likely we are a numerical simulation of ourselves,” states Savage.

What? Did your brain melt yet? If not, Savage also hypothesizes the idea that future people also may have programmed more than one simulated universe.

That or he guessed the ending of Fringe.

According to Savage, our descendents (I’m just going to call them Observers) possibly decided that they wanted to see how humanity has evolved. As a result, they created a computer simulation to study human development.  It is this simulation that just may be the basis of our entire existence. states that Dr. Savage has begun designing a preliminary test to find indications that our entire existence is actually a virtual reality wherein we, ourselves, ponder if our existence is actually a virtual reality.

To quote Neo’s infamous epithet:


The article doesn’t go into detail about what these tests are, but if it doesn’t involve instantly knowing kung-fu, I’m going to be thoroughly disappointed.

  • Robotopia

    To Quote The Great ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic…
    “Everything You Know Is Wrong…
    Up Is Down, Black Is White And Short Is Long…
    And Everything That You Thought Was Just So Important,
    Doesn’t Really Even Matter Anyway…”

  • Robotopia

    Would this Mean That We Created ‘God’?!
    And THEN God created US?!
    Bill Hicks was Right!!
    – We are the ‘Imagination of Ourselves’!!

  • These “Scientists” have way too much time and money on their hands… Time to pull the plug! Idiots…

  • Guitardude


  • opscure

    Assuming these experiments follow the scientific method, there is a potential for some interesting and unanticipated results. With the significant lack of understanding we have at the quantum level, this type of numerical research could prove to yield beneficial results in both advancing physics and technology. In response to Jason Chakey, if you just look at a headline about the Matrix and assume this type of research is unfounded, you should probably reenroll in school and educate yourself a bit before calling a PhD educated physicist an idiot. After all, these types of experiments gave way to the technology that allows you to speak your “mind” on the internet.

  • TPaign

    I remember being stuck in traffic the day before my wedding, and the car in front of me had the license plate “TWAS F8″. Probably just a coincidence. Recently I was working on an invention and came across an old book describing how to perform thermite welding. An hour later, I sit in front of the TV to watch an old batman rerun with my kids, and batman has been trapped by joker and is facing certain doom by way of a cauldron filled with thermite.
    As much as I don’t believe in the supernatural or any divine intervention in the affairs of men, I’ll admit that I still get freaked out a bit when strange coincidences occur.

  • Venuke Deepal

    it’s a really confusing ,even to think about living in a matrix ..but are we?

  • AnOutsider

    Or, perhaps we’re real and are on the way to being those “descendants” that create the simulation. Does it matter either way?

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