Posts tagged ‘Data’

Hologram Universe / Ancestor Simulation 

​”There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. 

There is another theory which states that this had already happened.”

-Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The most abused principle of recent times is the anthropic principle. Stating that the universe exists in the way it does in order to be compatible with sapient observers within it. We, the observers, exist because the universe is the way it is. But, and this is the error some make when interpreting this principle, it does not mean that we, sapient observers, MUST exist, because the universe is that way. Pretty much everything out there is hostile to higher developed forms of life such as us. Yet, we’re here, so the physics, chemistry and other boundaries, allow for beings such as us to arise out of the murky sludge that once sloshed around on our planet. But it does not mean that the universe is tailor made for us.

Recently the question arose whether we live in a hologram, an ancestor simulation. Devised by some aliens to study their ancestors through a realistic simulation of “primitive” beings. 

Will we ever find out if we do live in such a simulation? 

Unless the aliens live in a simulation themselves and want to study their ancestors, no. Once the simulated beings figure out they’re living in a simulation, they stop being an accurate simulation. If the simulator (aka computer) interferes with the simulation, your data is crap. Toss it all out and start new. Perhaps you have a save-file from before they found out that can be incorporated in the new, and better, simulation, and you won’t have to start from scratch.※ (Hence the Douglas Adams quote at the top)

No matter how good we get at science, no matter what secrets we uncover, this question will at best be answered with a strong and resounding no, or at worst always be “who knows?”…

Take care, 

A.
※ me personally, I would let them keep their discoveries and load them into the new simulation WITH their knowledge, just to fuck with them. But then again, I’m a shit god. 

PS, perhaps the universe is an ancestor simulation tailor made for the tardigrade? Think about it. It can survive pretty much anything the universe throws at it. Radiation, exposure, heat, cold, vacuum – fuck it. This thing keeps on living. We are just a weird fluke in the system, and someday we’ll discover a planet populated by highly evolved tardigrade people, living the tardigradopic principle.

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Star Trek #1

First off, let me tell ypou that I’m a huge Star Trek Fan! I got a lot of the toys as a kid, action figures, phasers and tricorders, models, disruptors, ships – and as you might recall, the original show was giving me plenty of role models as a kid and teen!

You might think if someone said anything negative about Star Trek, I’d get (a little) pissed?
Wrong.
The inconsitencies of these god awful TNG Movies aside (see redlettermedia.com – Plinkett Reviews – Star Trek Reviews, for more on that) there is something that bugged me.

TOS – coming from a cold war mindset, Kirk was at the frontier between Russians Klingons on one side and Chinese/Japanese Romulans/Vulcans on the other.
Good.
He was a hero, he called the shots, he made the policies and politics, and all things aside, next episode was reset to the static line up of the first episode.
Great.

TNG – it was a lot more realistic. Picard followed orders and conscience, more the orders though. It was not as static, there were recurring characters and story archs. He didn’t make policy. He didn’t make politics.
Great..ish. The admiralty and rulers of the federation called the shots and made politics.

DS9 – almost back to form. Sisko and his crew made the politics that influenced both Alpha and Gamma quadrants. Not alone, there was still a lot of admiralty and hirarchy, but it was getting closer to the original.

Voyager – thank you Captain Janeway.
For everything.
There was no admiral, little political hickhack or spy stuff. Just plain and simple Kirkesque policy making.
I loved it. Still do.

But here comes my problem. And I ain’t referring to the failure that was “Enterprise”, no it’s DS9 and VOY.
Did the admiralty and Sisko and his merry men (and women) ever consider the consequences for the Delta Quadrant that would follow the destruction of the dominion?
I picture renegade Jemhadar(sorry if misspelled) forming “micro nations” ruled with guns and violence. Other factions rising from the ashes of the Dominion stranglehold and fighting for power, wielding weapons left behind by the dominion, that were unrevealed and/or dangerous for everybody!?
Holy shit, it’s the fall of the Soviet Union all over, just bigger and way more dangerous!! The power vacuum left by the Dominion could be an entire new series, let’s call it “Star Trek – We fucked up” (ST-WFU).

Still not done, still not done.

The Borg know, by the process of assimiliating Federation personell and ships, about the Dominion, and by extention, of the founders/changelings.
Isn’t anyone, ever concerned they might show up in the Gamma Quadrant, caputre at least one Changeling and “add his biological distinctiveness to their own”?
They could invade every corner of the universe, look like who- or whatever lived there, assimiliate them (technology is stored inside the “Changeling units”) and become the most dominant thing in the entire fraking universe!
The Game is over!
Let’s call this show “Star Trek – We are Fucked” (ST-WRF)
Don’t give me that crap about “the changeling could evade teh assimilation, by forming around the injected nanites!!11oneone” – I’m looking at you nerds, I’m one of you, stop it. Think for a moment.
Capture a changeling, (or) wait for 18 hours until he HAS to rest, drop a bunch of nanites in the sludge and wait for the magic to happen! It would be the T-1000 of the Star Trek Universe that stands up from that jar afterwards.

There are plenty of other instances that made me raise an eyebrow and scratch my head.
But those two are the major problems I struggle with. For now at least (Hence the “#1” at the end of the post title.)

To end this, all I can say is:

Live long and prosper!