Simulation and the hyperreal

‘The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth- it is the truth which conceals that there is none. The simulacrum is true.”-Ecclesiastes. (Baudrillard, 1983) When people say simulation is fake, how is it not real? Technically, it is the fake version from the actuals, but practically it is a real existence in the world.

There is an endless list of examples suggested during the group discussion from the lecture that is adequately supportive and inspiring. For instance, Olympic training centre created by the Siam Control for a climate training facility in United Arab. Hallstatt in China (the fake city). The Nuketown in U.S.A where it was created to test the after effect and impacts after a nuclear bomb dropped in the fake town, with details like dummies installed to be the human.

Beside from thinking about the techniques they used for simulation, the intention of what makes them feel they need the intimation caught my eyes. Nowadays, people keep on recreating things that have already existed but in another form or duplicating them to another place. The tendency of the simulation is currently started to grow in lots of aspects. Instantly, people wanted to know everything. We wanted to be well-prepared; we wanted to predict what’s next to attempt any immediate issues; we wanted to be high educational to have the precious knowledge, and we wanted to be avoidable. The continuous of appetite comes from our biological senses and hence, stimulating the simulation industry.

An article from Elon Musk stated that “the proportion of simulated minds and live ones may affect the chances of us being among the real thoughts. Thus, to the direction looking more and more unlikely.” (Solon, 2016) The message that I got from his speech is over-simulating may continuously generating site effects at the end; it is not very serious, though. A sufficient amount of simulation will be brilliant; cooperating with real purposes and be aware of sequentially encourage the outgrowth of the additional one.


Baudrillard, J. (1983). Simulations. 1st ed. New York City, N.Y., U.S.A.: Semiotext(e), Inc., p.150.

Solon, O. (2016). Is our world a simulation? Why some scientists say it’s more likely than not. [online] the Guardian. Available at: [Accessed 6 Dec. 2016].


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