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Comma.ai founder George Hotz wants to release humanity from the AI ​​simulation

What keeps George Hotz, the enigmatic hacker and founder of the self-starting Comma.ai, up at night is not whether his autonomous car company will be successful or any other business venture he can enter into the next. No, instead, Hotz says he is tortured by the possibility that we are all in an advanced simulation observed by either an omnipotent extraterrestrial or supernatural being or an artificial intelligence that is far from humanity's perception and understanding. "There is no evidence that this is not true," an animated Hotz on Friday told a crowd at his SXSW chat entitled "Jailbrealing the Simulation" and charged on the festival's website as a study of whether It goes out of a simulated universe meaning we can "meet God" and kill him. "It's easy to imagine things that are so much smarter than you and they can build a cage you wouldn't even recognize." "There is no evidence that this is not true." The theory, commonly known as the simulation hypothesis, presupposes that life on earth and, by extension, the solar system and even the universe itself is potentially a computer simulation, either a video game or some other form of entertainment for advanced life forms or possibly some type of AI- guided simulation of ancestral life created by a far future version of humanity. It is a popular proposal that has been publicly maintained in recent years by big names in technology such as Elon Musk and has been more seriously considered and unpacked…

What keeps George Hotz, the enigmatic hacker and founder of the self-starting Comma.ai, up at night is not whether his autonomous car company will be successful or any other business venture he can enter into the next. No, instead, Hotz says he is tortured by the possibility that we are all in an advanced simulation observed by either an omnipotent extraterrestrial or supernatural being or an artificial intelligence that is far from humanity’s perception and understanding.

“There is no evidence that this is not true,” an animated Hotz on Friday told a crowd at his SXSW chat entitled “Jailbrealing the Simulation” and charged on the festival’s website as a study of whether It goes out of a simulated universe meaning we can “meet God” and kill him. “It’s easy to imagine things that are so much smarter than you and they can build a cage you wouldn’t even recognize.”

The theory, commonly known as the simulation hypothesis, presupposes that life on earth and, by extension, the solar system and even the universe itself is potentially a computer simulation, either a video game or some other form of entertainment for advanced life forms or possibly some type of AI- guided simulation of ancestral life created by a far future version of humanity. It is a popular proposal that has been publicly maintained in recent years by big names in technology such as Elon Musk and has been more seriously considered and unpacked by prominent philosophers such as Nick Bostrom.

Hotz it seems is one of the believers, or he would have the audience at SXSW thinking. The 29-year-old entrepreneur, who was aware of his teen when he became the first hacker to unlock the first generation of iPhone, has always been an alien thinker in the snapped-up, anodyne world of Silicon Valley.

He landed in hot water when he jailbroke Sony PlayStation 3, which led to a disputed trial that was later settled. But the event put Hotz down on the path of a technician industry’s outsider ever since, which led to short-lived stints on Facebook, Google and the San Francisco-based AI company Vicarious. In 201

5, he founded self-driving Comma.ai, which aims to democratize access to self-running software and builds on Hotz’s belief that the current direction of the autonomous industry is a giant scam.

But at SXSW, it seems that Hotz is committed to unleashing and pushing the boundaries of acceptable marketing conference topic. His conversation here, including a three year ago, where he promised to quit capitalism, has an apparently unobtrusive version of himself boasting with joy and whipping the audience into a frenzy of frenzy.

And the audience, seemingly like-minded types who have followed Hotz’s pinballing career path, usually love it. Yesterday, Hotz spoke to a room of about 100 or so people while he was practicing a hoodie, a bushy beard and an incredible mop of curly hair. Throughout the conversation, he resembled programming to magic, considered how he would like to die one day and said that one of the most enlightening aspects of life in the future will be when we all realize that we probably do not have free will.

At one point, Hotz said he was even entertaining and founded a religion dedicated to breaking out of the simulated universe. “I am thinking of starting a church. There are many structural problems with businesses – there is no real way to win,” Hotz said, referring to how the end result of a capitalist company should always maximize profits, sell the company or incinerate, as Hotz believes. failures.

“With business you just really lose. I think churches can be much more focused on these goals, and the church’s goal would be to redirect the efforts of society to come out [of the simulation]. “It sounds very much like what Anthony Levandowski, the infamous former Uber and Google engineer who sprayed a multi-million dollar process between the two companies, does with Way of the Future, an organization that is intended to “create a peaceful and respectful transition of who is responsible for the planet” when machines surpass human intelligence.

“I do not know how close you feel to the singularity, but I think it is very close. When we reach the singularity, If we have the same motivations that we now have – especially power over people – things will be terrible , “added Hotz. “Getting the right people together, I’m starting to say,” What does it mean to come out? “No quackery, no shit. Everything you say better is rationally motivated.”

It’s hard to know seriously to take Hotz sometimes; he strikes me as someone who often says something to get a reaction or to verbalize his inner monologue as a way of feeling it. And he said so much on stage. “Do I actually think so? A few days yes,” he said. “Sometimes I don’t know how I know anything until I say it out loud.”

The audience doesn’t care much. During Question Time, an audience member asked Hotz if he would consider collaborating with transhumanists – people who believe in the possible development of humanity by merging body and mind with robotics and AI – finding their church. Hotz was quite ambivalent to the idea; Maybe he didn’t think people would take him with his words. But if he starts a church, the sermon he gave in the SXSW was delivered to a room of believers.

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