Everything you need to know is in the movie Free Guy.

  1. We are most likely not living in a “base” reality. “Guy” comes to realize there are beings that live outside his world that can come and go as they please. 40 years ago we were playing Pong and now VR is rapidly approaching what seems like reality. There is very little chance the first primates with opposable thumbs got there first, and that’s of course assuming we don’t have a Creator. Of course we have a creator, everything does. The fact that we can create our own universes seems further proof of that. In the movie the Creators are a group: Some good, some bad. Maybe there is some truth is that as well, it would certainly help explain mosquitos and Nazis.
  2. AI will have the same value system as its creators. The AI appears to have freewill. It breaks from from its programmed tracks and find its own destiny. But what it’s after is baked into its code[soul].
  3. Whatever feels real is reality. Others write about idealism vs. physicalism elsewhere.. but reality is as real as your mind makes it. A dream can easily become a memory and memories can become just dreams. In the movie two AI characters discuss the nature of reality. They are best friends and struggle through this new paradigm shift together over a cup of coffee. One points out that if this experience isn’t real, what really is? It’s real to them. It feels real to the audience, they’ve proven their point.
  4. Of course this movie is a love story, because every good story is. Love is the story. It’s the purpose and meaning behind everything. If a user falls in love with an AI character is that love any less real? Conscience and love are so ethereal we’ll never know if an AI loves the user or not.. isn’t it just their programming? Isn’t is just our programming? What would an AI need to do to prove it’s love? Die for the user?

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