Finger Food #4 - Welcome to the Matrix

The Matrix was a solid movie. Not only was it a game changer for showing the next level of movie effects but it operated on another level of existentialism. They even asked the question several times in the movie: What is the Matrix?

For these people, it was their existence. They lived in the computer world. A world of comfort and by all accounts their reality. And what if I told you that by many, many accounts, the matrix is our reality? Our lives, our existence are established in some very large and very advanced computer. And before you mock it, understand that this theory is accepted by one of the world's most brilliant minds, Elon Musk who recently confirmed that we have a one in billions chance on living in a base reality.

It goes like this: As a civilization develops computer technology that is more sophisticated, that society uses its computers to simulate its environment. We use this in weather models and even video games. And as the program becomes more sophisticated, it becomes self aware and makes its own simulation. This cycle continues and when you think about it, the chances are really high that the screen your reading this on is nothing more than bits of information created by another simulation.

Take a turn with this Ted Talks. Oh, and rest easy tonight when you go to bed.

Astrophysicist, cosmologist and Nobel Prize winner George Smoot studies the cosmic microwave background radiation - the afterglow of the Big Bang. His pioneering research into deep space and time is uncovering the structure of the universe itself. He has also made a cameo appearance (as himself) in an episode of the 'Big Bang Theory.'