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Virtual Worlds and the Future of Personality

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The World Transformed

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The World Transformed, Part 7

Are we living in the Matrix? Can we be sure? And even if we're not, are there reasons why we might want to live there?

Phil and Stephen welcome a distinguished panel to discuss our future in virtual worlds, our future virtual selves, and Nick Bostrom's Simulation Hypothesis, which argues that we are already probably living in a computer simulation.

About Our Guests

Dr. Bruce Katz is a leading thinker and researcher in the field of artificial intelligence. He is the Chief AI Scientist at ColdLight Solutions and the author of Neuroengineering the Future: Virtual Minds and the Creation of Immortality.

Michael Anissimov is a science/technology writer and consultant. He is the creative force behind one of the leading futurist blogs, Accelerating Future. He is a co-founder of the Immortality Institute, the Media Director for the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and the Fundraising Director for North America for the Lifeboat Foundation.

Greg Campbell is an Intel alumnus and veteran of several Internet startups. He is an information technology consultant, virtual worlds researcher, and contributing editor to h+ Magazine, where he writes under the name Surfdaddy Orca. recent articles related to the show's topic include Brain on a Chip and Games that Design Themselves.