Manta Resort offers a private island where you sleep beneath the waves
Underwater accommodations seem to have become a trend among hotels in recent years, but a resort off the coast of Tanzania is now putting a unique spin on the concept. The Manta Resort recently unveiled its Underwater Room, a three-floor suite that floats beside a thriving coral reef and boasts a submerged master bedroom surrounded by windows to view the local sea life. (via Manta Resort offers a private island where you sleep beneath the waves)
Tests could reveal whether we are part of a giant computer simulation — but the real question is if we want to know…
In the 1999 sci-fi film classic The Matrix, the protagonist, Neo, is stunned to see people defying the laws of physics, running up walls and vanishing suddenly. These superhuman violations of the rules of the universe are possible because, unbeknownst to him, Neo’s consciousness is embedded in the Matrix, a virtual-reality simulation created by sentient machines.
The action really begins when Neo is given a fateful choice: Take the blue pill and return to his oblivious, virtual existence, or take the red pill to learn the truth about the Matrix and find out “how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
Physicists can now offer us the same choice, the ability to test whether we live in our own virtual Matrix, by studying radiation from space. As fanciful as it sounds, some philosophers have long argued that we’re actually more likely to be artificial intelligences trapped in a fake universe than we are organic minds in the “real” one.
But if that were true, the very laws of physics that allow us to devise such reality-checking technology may have little to do with the fundamental rules that govern the meta-universe inhabited by our simulators. To us, these programmers would be gods, able to twist reality on a whim.
So should we say yes to the offer to take the red pill and learn the truth — or are the implications too disturbing?
Just imagine how overwhelming the night sky would have been to our ancestors, and what the true meanings of these ancient, awe-inspiring structures, were to them.
What we know today is that most of them were at the same time temples for gods, sun, moon, planets and star worship, healing centers, burial sites and even calendars. Yet, we still cannot understand how did our ancestors manage to carry the mighty stones, and using only the most primitive of tools, to build this amazing structure?
Perhaps the answers are written in the stars, as they are the only ones who witnessed what happened long before we came here. What is certain is that surrounded by the deepest mysteries, these monuments never fail to impress.