Does The Creator Know We Exist?

Does The Creator Know We Exist?

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If our universe were a computer simulation of a super intelligent being, would the creator of the universe know that we, the humans or life in this planet, exist?

Is it possible to simulate a universe?

For us it is impossible to simulate a universe as big as our own. With our current computing power we can simulate great many things. We can certainly simulate small universes filled with galaxies, stars and planets. 

We cannot yet simulate a universe down to its every fundamental particles and we cannot simulate living beings’ consciousness. In future it is quite probable that humans will be able to simulate a big universe from start to end by simulating every fundamental particle (That universe will be way smaller than the universe we live in of course).

Why it would be difficult to find civilizations in a simulation?

If those humans’ or posthumans’ simulated universe is as big as our Milky Way Galaxy it will be really difficult for them to find a civilization like us in their own simulation. 

First, let’s acknowledge how big our Milky Way Galaxy is. The Milky Way Galaxy has from 150 billions to 250 billions stars. If you count every star per second then it would take you more than 4500 years to count 150 billion stars. 

Let’s assume that simulation will go right and within a few billions of years (in the simulated universe’s time) life will emerge in some of the planets and after a few more hundreds of millions of years human like civilization will come into existence. 

According to Drake Equation some estimate that there might be 10,000 civilizations in our galaxy. If the simulated universe also has similar properties and the number of civilizations there is close to this number, 10,000, then we will have to check 15 million stars and their planets to find one civilization. And to find all of the civilization we have to check all the planets in that universe. 

If checking 15 million stars seems like a doable job then think about this: the simulated universe may have hundreds of billions of years from start to end. And let’s assume that a civilization only exists for a few million years, then which fraction of time do you jump in, to find a civilization?  

Conclusion

Are we living in a simulation? Does the creator know we exist? These questions are had to answer. Even if we are in a simulation we don’t know if our creator is a mortal being and what their concept of time is. 

But we can say that if in future we, mortal humans, create a simulated universe, which is something bigger then ourselves then it will be hard to track our own creations for us. 

I came across a Facebook post where someone made a joke about simulated universe. It was something like this: “My simulated humans went to universities and figured out they were in a simulation and I pulled the plug out of the computer”. 

After reading the joke it occurred to me that even if it was true it would be impossible for the simulation runner to track every human to find out what they are doing in universities. And from there the idea of this article came, which I think can be a interesting science fiction story plot thus sharing it in blog post.

Which Genius Designed Grameenphone’s Skitto?

Which Genius Designed Grameenphone’s Skitto?

What is Skitto? Skitto is a prepaid mobile phone SIM which Grameenphone treats as its bastard child. Not only this product has poor network and bad service, it is stupid by design and I would like to find out the genius who designed it.  

GP says Skitto is a ‘Fully digital‘ and totally app based product. At first I thought they only meant that SIM can be fully controlled by an mobile app. But it turns out that’s the ONLY way to control that SIM! What is the problem with that? Here’s what happened because of this: One day I was travelling and had no access to WiFi. I decided to buy an internet package on my Skitto SIM. All the other mobile network I know have some way to buy internet package using USSD codes or by calling their customer care call center. So I ringed the Skitto’s customer care and the conversation went something like this – 

Me: Hi, I want to buy an internet package, what are the available options?

Agent: Go to your skitto app, you will be able to see the offers there.

Me: I would, but I don’t have any internet access at this moment. Can you help me to buy a package now?

Agent: Sorry sir, there’s no way to buy anything for Skitto other than the app. 

Me: So, how do people buy an internet package when they don’t have any internet package? 

Agent: They do it using pay-as-you-go.

Me: But I have pay-as-you-go turned off, how do I turn it on?

Agent: Go to your Skitto app and turn it on.

Me: Does your app work with out internet?

Agent: No.

Me: …..okay

I tried to accept the fact that Skitto can’t be used without the app and decided to use it anyway. But another thing make it worse and almost impossible to rely on this product. Grameenphone should understand that no one uses their phone as a toy. If they were suggesting that we should keep another SIM for emergencies and Skitto is only for internet and fun, they should have informed us before selling. 

On July 14th 2018, I had an internet package of 1GB with 5 days validity left. I was taking an Uber ride to a place I’ve never been before, I was relying on Google Maps. Then suddenly Skitto’s network went down. Luckily I reached my destination somehow but Skitto’s network was down for THREE entire days! Anything could have happened in those three days. There could have been some emergencies. And what Skitto gave us as an apology? A 4GB internet package with 2 days validity. As I still had my 1GB internet pack with 2 days left, I had 5GB internet with 2 days validity. There was no way anyone could have used all that data with in that period of time with Skitto’s internet speed.

After struggling with poor network for a few months I decided to switch my package. I clearly remember when my friend was buying her Skitto SIM they told her it’s possible to switch to other GP packages from Skitto. But when I went to GP center they were telling me there was no way out from Skitto with out changing phone number. If you are going to buy Skitto think about it before buying.

Then there’s my friend Sabbir who had trouble recovering his stolen Skitto SIM. He had deactivated his SIM after it got lost. When he got his SIM replacement from GP he found it was still deactivated. He called Skitto’s customer care from another phone to reactivate it. They asked him to tell any of the following information:date of buying the SIM, last balance or last recharge date. He didn’t remember any of those info and decided to go back to GP center with his identifications. Guess what? GP doesn’t give any support for Skitto from their Customer Support Centers. Only option to get support is through Skitto’s call center. 

So, What did Sabbir do next? You better ask him that yourself, email me & I will give you his Skitto phone number. 

P.S: You won’t get him on that number.