Simulated Universe Progress
It’s been a couple of years since the simulation started. Society has started to take shape on quite a few planets in the simulated universe. Basic economies and social structures have developed. Many of the planets in the simulated universe have advanced faster than we thought possible. Three in particular discovered and popularized electricity before they discovered fossil fuels. They are close to discovering nuclear forces. We’re hoping they develop computers soon.
Other planets have advanced much slower. One in particular is advancing much slower than the others. No science. Very poor communication. Terrible social structures preying on the weak. It’s sad.
The researchers have discounted the chances of this planet solving the immortality problem before the others. While the scientific progress of the planet is disappointing, the social interactions are quite interesting. A few of the engineers built in an automated language translation feature, so we could watch them and understand what they’re saying. The first implementation of the translation software actually caused them to speak and understand the same language.
What an interesting accident! All the sudden the organisms could understand each other completely. They actually started to advance much faster. Once we realized what was going on we pushed a fixed version of the translation code and everything went back to normal. They went nuts for a bit, but eventually behaviors normalized.
Funding and Entertainment
Back in our world, there’s quite a lot of intrigue and anger around this project. Some say it’s not ethical to simulate beings like this. Most are willing to concede when pressed if the gains are worth it. I’m not sure how I feel. Originally I didn’t think much of it, but after watching them interact, I’m not sure. In many ways we are very similar.
Speaking of ethically questionable. The administration has started live-streaming the least developed world. There are channels following kings, queens, tribes, wars, religious figures, poor people, and rich merchants. People are loving it. It’s insane. They’re saying we can use the revenue to beef up the computation power and hire more researchers. I thought everyone would be repulsed. Most are just thrilled to have more funding.
Worse, engineering has been tasked with building a way to communicate with individuals on the planet. They want to make the shows interactive, allow viewers to vote on twitter, and then the characters will do what they say. Mike, from engineering, was telling me that they were going to do very small interactions. Apparently they’re going to try and get the organisms to do what the crowd voted via their own free will. I asked how he planned on doing that and he gave me quite a technical machine learning explanation.
From what I understand the organisms have a state transition function given some input they will perform some action, or state change. They’re going to use this function to reverse engineer an input that will result in the action the crowd chooses. Mike says they’re just going to speak directly into the mind of the organism. It’ll be as if they heard a voice in their head. Many of the societies on the planet are religious, so I have no doubt the inputs will be accepted.
I’m disturbed. I’m just hoping this doesn’t somehow affect any of the other planets, or the success of the project. I need this project to work. My daughter’s life depends on it. All of our lives do.
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If you missed the first part of the story, check it out here