What keeps George Hotz, the enigmatic hacker and founder of the self-driving startup Comma.ai, at night, is not whether his autonomous carmaker will succeed or which other entrepreneurial business he will undertake next. No, instead, Hotz says he's tormented by the possibility that we're all in an advanced simulation that is being watched by either an omnipotent alien or supernatural being or an artificial intelligence far removed from human conception and understanding.
"There is no proof that this is not true," an animated Hotz told a crowd at his SXSW talk on Friday titled "Jailbrealing the Simulation" and anticipates the festival's website as an exploration of whether breaking out of a simulated universe means we can "hit God" and kill him. "It's easy to imagine things that are so much smarter than you and they could build a cage you would not even recognize."
Simulation hypothesis states that life on Earth, and subsequently 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 a kind of AI-led one Simulation ancestral life, created by a distant future version of humanity. It's a popular offering that has been publicly publicized in recent years by big names in the technology industry, such as Elon Musk, and has been more seriously considered and unpacked by prominent philosophers like Nick Bostrom.
Hotz seems to be one of the believers, or so he would think the crowd at SXSW. The 29-year-old businessman, who became known as a teenager when he was the first hacker to unlock the first-generation iPhone, has always been a lateral thinker who was not interested in the public. up, a world of Silicon Valley.
He landed in hot water when he jailed Sony's PlayStation 3, resulting in a controversial lawsuit that was later settled. Since then, however, Hotz has followed the path of an outsider in the tech industry, resulting in short-lived visits to Facebook, Google, and San Francisco-based AI company Vicarious. In 201
But SXSW seems to have committed to unleashing and expanding the boundaries of acceptable marketing conference topics. His talks here, including one three years ago, in which he promised to end capitalism, show a seemingly unruly version of himself that comes out with joy and tears the crowd into a frenzy rage.
And the listeners, seemingly like-minded guys who've been following Hotz's flying career, usually love it. Yesterday, Hotz was talking to a room of about 100 people, wearing a hoodie, a bushy beard, and an unkempt curl. Throughout the lecture, he compared programming to magic, wondering how he would one day die, and said one of the most disturbing aspects of life in the future will be when we all realize that we probably have no free will ,
At one point, Hotz said he even entertained the founding of a religion dedicated to the outbreak of the simulated universe. "I am thinking of starting a church. There are many structural issues with companies – there is no real way to win, "Hotz said, referring to the ultimate outcome of a capitalist venture always being to maximize profits, sell the company or burn what Hotz classified as a failure.
"Companies really only lose. I think churches could focus much more on these goals, and the goal of the church would be a reorientation of society's efforts to come out [of the simulation]. "It sounds very much like what Anthony Levandowski, the notorious former Uber and Google engineer, produced. A multi-million dollar lawsuit between the two companies is going on with Way of the Future, an organization committed to the goal "Creating a peaceful and respectful transition from the leaders of the planet" as soon as machines surpass human intelligence.
"I do not know how close you think to the singularity, but I think it's very close. When we have reached the singularity, we will have the same motives we have now – especially the power over the people. Things will be terrible, "added Hotz. "Bringing the right people together," Amd began to say, "What does it mean to get out?" No quack, no crap. Everything you say is reasonably justified. "
It's hard to know that Hotz is sometimes taken seriously. he seems to be someone who often says something to get a reaction or verbalize his inner monologue to understand him. And he also said that on stage. "Do I really believe that? Some days, yes, "he said. "Sometimes I do not know how I feel about anything until I say it out loud."
The crowd was not interested in any way. During the public discussion, a viewer asked Hotz if he would consider partnering with transhumanists – people who believe in the evolution of humanity by bringing body and mind together with robotics and AI to found his church. Hotz was quite ambivalent about the idea; Maybe he did not think people would take him at his word. But when he founds a church, the sermon he delivered to SXSW yesterday was taken to a room by would-be men.