A Simulated World? To What Purpose?

No, I am not advocating or even suggesting that we live in a simulated world. Not that it is a question which doesn’t bear consideration. How many people for instance think The Matrix is real? A good many, you would think, based on how much it, or ideas from within it, get mentioned.

Is a simulated world even possible? Some folk think so, and are engaged even now in trying to build one. Some of those folks are serving members of the US Army.

I hadn’t given the thought any discernible time, personally – at least for some years. But today it was brought to my attention in a regular email newsletter from SourceForge – The Complete Open-Source and Business Software Platform. Contained in that newsletter was a story – via Slashdot (read this first) from Venturebeat – the self-styled ‘Data Decision Makers. The VB story titled ‘The U.S. Army, not Meta, is building the metaverse’. “O-oh,” I thought, “Whats this all about? Haven’t they caused enough trouble for the world already?” …and so I decided to dig a little deeper…

My first thought was, ‘Isn’t this the same army that has not managed to win a single war in its entire history (That is if you don’t count the virtual genocide of the North American indigenous population)? So, having failed the reality test, have they decided to chance their arm in a simulation situation? My thoughts were not that far off the mark. But first…

What exactly is a ‘metaverse’? Oh my goodness! Read what is happening (apologies that this link was at first in correct – now fixed) after reading this quote from the same story…

…the metaverse represents a nirvana: a place to immerse yourself in any digital surrounding, and participate in any physical reality, at any time – and also to be able to see and feel anything, even if you are thousands of miles away from that physical place.

In a future state, electromyography (EMG) movements and neural interfaces — triggered by only slight finger movements — will allow you to control devices, communicate, and collaborate with others almost as simply as thinking. Your eyes will exploit glasses that use complex sensors to see both your own reality, but virtual ones as well. 

??? ‘immerse yourself in … digital surrounding … participate in … physical reality’ ??? Are they bonkers? Let alone the ‘technophiles’, is this what the US Army intends? Waging war without being there – ‘thousands of miles away from that physical place’. Well, if they themselves are not there, then neither is their enemy’. In other words they are online gaming. Incapable of real world domination, they now want to dominate as gaming champions.

Unless, and this is a really dark thought, the simulation is a ‘real time’ copy of the real world, and the game coordinates are identical to real world coordinates – and what you do in the simulation transfers, through your sensor-linked senses to the real world? But no, they couldn’t do that, could they?

Author and satirist, CJ Hopkins, already envisaged something like that in his… no, I won’t go there – you need to find that out for yourself.

I imagine they could eventually do something like that (this is already in effect, through remote visual links, in the use of drone warfare), if given the opportunity, the resources and the immense power source such a project would necessitate. Based on those premises, I think an envisioned future simulated extension to current capabilities will never happen. And even if it did, the Russians and the Chinese – being already one to two decades in advance of US militaristic technological achievements and, given the declining economic prospects for that nation – they, Russia/China, would be the first to gain such abilities. They would then be able to dictate ‘Game Over’, at a time of their choosing.

But is such a scheme even what the US Army intends, anyway?

Whatever the potentialities of such ideas, under the Army Directive 2017-24 (now some five years in progress), among other items designed to bring US army up to date – having admitted they have lost the advantage they had in the previous 70 years (you will read several quotes to that effect in these pages) – they have formed a Cross Function Team (CFT) to build a ‘Synthetic Training Environment’

The sole stated purpose of such a venture for the future of the US Army is, and I quote…

The battlefield of tomorrow will be more lethal, and the Army must change with that in mind. To ensure overmatch, the Army must modernize, train, and structure the force to build land-power capability against near-peer threats.

The Army’s fundamental responsibility is to equip, train and field Soldiers with the tools and resources to engage with and destroy the enemy.

Soldier Lethality

Two things I take from the above quote.

First, ‘to engage with and destroy the enemy‘ appears to be their only thought for the future. There is no concept that there may not be an enemy, any enemy, to engage and destroy. Such narrow thinking. Such limited vision. Such hopeless prospects. Such is all the US stands for. Such thoughts will no longer be tolerated by the rest of the world – a world which at last begins to see that it has a majority say in such matters.

Secondly, ‘to build land-power capability against near-peer threats’ is an admission that they see themselves as never being capable to take on a peer level threat, only ‘near peer’. It may also be taken as a blinkered view that there is no ‘peer level’ threat. No sensible person would attribute that thought to them (other than themselves of course), due the fact that they are shitting themselves at the faintest prospect they may need to face either (or both) the current Russian or Chinese militaries soon.

I am not going to say any more. Read the links to study further, plus the following YouTube video may be of interest…

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