We’re Already Inside The Matrix: Is Elon Musk Crazy Paranoid, or Just Plain Crazy?

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Look, you probably already know how bananas I am about robots, Artificial Intelligence and general Skynettery; I’m a tin-hatter, for sure. Between reading and watching too much science fiction (NO SUCH THING), and keeping an eye on outfits like Boston Dynamics — which seems hell bent on wiping out the entire human race —  I’m pretty much in a panic about the robopocalypse 24/7. I know crazy*. But, watching Elon Musk (who’s a fellow A.I. alarmist) speak at the 2016 Code Conference about gaming, virtual reality, and the odds that we are already in The Matrix has left me feeling pretty sane. This guy is smart, right? He’s created multiple concept companies, made thorough plans to colonize Mars, his Hyperloop transportation system is already in testing mode, and he’s been recognized by everyone from the National Space Society to Time, to Global Green and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. So, tell me what is happening as you listen to him answer questions about whether we — as in, all people — are living in reality, or if we are inside some Matrix-like creation, pawns in a simulated world of some advanced civilization’s making. Don’t forget to watch the faces on those around him, incredulously listening, and wondering like me, “Is this guy for real?”

Asked by the audience member:  “Maybe we’re in the simulation…have you thought about this?”

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Umm..

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Don’t take my sound bite gifs’ words for it though; you need to listen to this for yourself.

Clearly, I can’t be trusted; I’ll buy into anything.

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So, what do you guys think? Are we already inside?

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*for the purposes of this piece, “crazy” is not a comment on mental stability; it’s just wackadoodle like me.

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over seven years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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  • ChainedVase

    I like when super smart people use their brains to think about *crazy* shit. Like, what else is all that brain for?
    I also don’t really care if we are in the matrix. Feels real to me, good enough. I do wish the matrix allowed for more unicorns and what not, tho.
    So basically I’m ok with being in the matrix but I have some suggestions about the content.

  • I mean he was probably really high at the time. so i’m ok with it. Can i got to moonbase already? Perhaps you could also release more of the “cheap” Tesla? thankkkkkks budddddyyyy