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When Morpheus from the Matrix tells us about why the machines use human body heat together with some sort of fusion in order to derive energy, why didn't the machines simply use nuclear, fusion, electromagnetic, geothermal or any given other energy type from our current civilization level (if they are indeed so advanced why not use the energy of the spin of the stars or better yet create one in a vacuum)?

The only explanation is if base reality had a completely different set of physics than the simulated one, the simulated reality would include manufactured "lies" or differences than base reality, what would the simulators possibly gain from creating 30-40 such differences in the simulated reality? Wouldn't simulating a reality according to the physics of the base reality be easier?

It seems that all the evidence seems to point to the contrary and that we almost certainly are in base reality.

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  • Would you have a reference to Musk's view that we live in a simulated reality? Also the title of the question talks about Musk, but the body talks about the Matrix. I am not sure what the question is. Regardless, welcome! Jul 22 '19 at 19:13
  • Hi, welcome to Philosophy SE. Musk is probably repeating the conclusion of Bostrom's simulation argument. But speculating what fictional machines should do to make a fictional simulation, or what hypothetical simulators with unknowable interests operating under unknowable laws might gain from their simulating is not really within the scope of this site.
    – Conifold
    Jul 22 '19 at 19:16
  • @FrankHubeny youtube.com/watch?v=J0KHiiTtt4w here is a short video
    – user40481
    Jul 22 '19 at 19:27
  • @Conifold I could still deduce by attempting to reason as a simulator and question the motives of the simulators among other things.
    – user40481
    Jul 22 '19 at 19:27
  • Perhaps, but that would be what is called primarily opinion-based, and it is off-topic here. Worldbuilding SE might be a more suitable site.
    – Conifold
    Jul 22 '19 at 19:35

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