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The Most Powerful Being and the Simulation Argument
As a disclaimer, this is a thought experiment, not an attempt at a scientific argument.
Okay, so continuing my thoughts on the Simulation Argument, I'd like to throw in some possible additions to it.
The hole in this argument is that it is possible for a "long-tail" to be in effect, where the mass of less powerful beings create more simulations in total than the total number of simulations created by the more powerful beings. Someone better equipped mathematically will have to help me out here.
But I think that this argument would still hold under either of the following conditions:
If an entity's ability to create simulations advances with technological progress, and if Moore's Law continues to hold, then we'd have condition A. If resources are allocated according to prevailing standards, and that continues to hold indefinitely, then we'd have condition B.
We can take this further.
These both, of course, are operating on the basis of condition A.
Could such a being exist? I have no idea. I have no idea how we would establish that, other than looking at the broad scope of the multiverse, and suggesting that it might be possible.
But these arguments as a whole seem suggestive to me, indicating that if we are in a simulation, it is probably one created by an extremely powerful being near the end of time. And that would explain why we don't keep getting "Out Of Memory" errors.
The Simulation Argument: