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​The Answer
to the Universe

In 2020, Alexandre Bibeau-Delisle and Gilles Brassard of the University of Montreal, Canada, derived an equation similar to Derek's equation, which calculates the probability of our living in computer simulations. The calculation result caused some counter-intuitive thinking.


If our world is simulated, it seems to be able to explain many of our puzzling problems, such as the wave-particle duality of light,  the superposition state of quantum, and why we can create numbers to accurately calculate the world, and so on. I even come up with an idea that maybe every time we observe the sky, the simulator re-renders the universe we see. If we are the product of simulation, will dreams be the moment when two ports synchronize data?



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Two thousand years ago, the Chinese philosopher Zhuang Zhou wrote a story: He dreamed of butterflies and forgot that he was a human being. After waking up, he didn't know whether the butterfly turned into himself or he turned into a butterfly. For this reason, butterflies are a kind of symbolic element in China that represent ephemeral and dreamy.

If the universe we live in is a simulated world, and human beings are also simulated lives, dreams may be the moment of synchronization to real world and virtual data.

The installation seems to raise a question:

Will we dream of real life if we are in a simulated world?

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