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C. Colby Thomson, BSc, MBA

The article Spirituality and Simulation said

Lets go ahead and talk about computer simulation of life. Not only is this problem theoretically soluble and interesting, but its more related to spirituality than one might think. I’m not talking matrix fiction here, I’m talking the genuine philosophical theory of Oxford Professor Nick Bostrom. (paper, synopsis)
The simulation argument does not purport to demonstrate that you are in a simulation (nor does they author feel it is most likely that we are, he prefers #2). Instead, it shows that we should accept as true at least one of the following three propositions:
  1. The chances that a species at our current level of development can avoid going extinct before becoming technologically mature is negligibly small
  2. Almost no technologically mature civilizations are interested in running computer simulations of minds like ours
  3. You are almost certainly in a simulation.
I think this law is perhaps most profound with regards to its religious implications. Is theism soluble? Should agnostics be apathetic?

C. Colby Thomson, BSc, MBA was the author of this article and is Associate Director of Strategy at the Singularity Institute. He also is CEO of Allied Strategy, an innovative software company serving the insurance industry. His primary areas of interest include financial services, health care, globalization, AI, nanotechnology, and other futures topics.
Colby earned his BS in Computer Science from the University of Lincoln-Nebraska in 2004, and his MBA in Business Administration in 2005 from UNL’s J.D. Edwards Honors Program in Computer Science and Management.
He actively supports entrepreneurship in the Lincoln, Omaha, and Greater Kansas City areas, serving as a board member of Turbine Flats and the Lincoln Young Professionals Group, chairman of the Kansas City Council of Young Entrepreneurs, and Tri-Chair of the 2015 Vision Group: University R&D Corridor.

Colby has also created some great photos of food.

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