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Is This the Real Life?

Could the world around us be a simulated reality?

Look around you. It’s all there, right? It’s real, it’s tangible, it’s the physical world. But, what if it’s not?

In the final episode of the series, Britt and Ellie discover the ideas of Simulation Theory – the concept that the world around us could be a simulated reality. Some believe there’s proof all around us that our reality is created outside our world.

Virtual Reality could hold the answers. Britt and Ellie visit the companies creating the faux realities that shape our understanding of what’s real and what’s not, and step inside these new frontiers. As VR landscapes become more believable, does this add weight to the argument that our reality may not be quite as it seems?

Contributors include Nick Bostrom, from the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, Dave Ranyard, CEO of Dream Reality Interactive and Herman Narula, CEO of Improbable.

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