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The First Creature That Exists in Both the Real World and Virtual World

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It's a simple worm that has been completely simulated in a computer with all 96 neurons and other physical characteristics mapped from the physical world into a simulation. Of course we are a long way from creating a virtual world completely however many argue that we are actually in a virtual world now but that is another story. I'm sure over the coming years more and more sophisticated animals and lifeforms will be simulated. There is a of course a huge moral question about this. To deconstruct a creature just for a program seems to have ethical considerations especially when it comes to more sophisticated lifeforms.

I think this worm has 96 neurons but humans have 86 billion so roughly a billion times more complex. Already the worm simulation takes huge processing power.

openworm.org/

BonzoBanana
4 days ago
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MelissaLee1

Wiggly worms seem somewhat innocuous but send in anteaters or some such and it might cause some etheric disruption eh? Image

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Lynibis

I find the whole thing scary and do wonder at mans abilities for this stuff when we can't find solutions to so many other problems....disease, poverty etc.

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BonzoBanana

Lynibis We seem more motivated by our curiosity than compassion. I would say disease has quite a high amount of resources thrown at it but poverty perhaps not so much.

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telmel

BonzoBanana I must admit i find this type of thing fascinating B, i have my own take on the virtual world too

I was reading about how the solar system might have been created the other day , very complex but scientists are finding more and more evidence each day

If this information can be used for the good of mankind then i am all for it , we definitely need some help regarding this at the present moment

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TheChimp

Harvey the woofer has never had worms

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telmel

TheChimpThat's because the early bird catches the worm TC 😀

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