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Are some people able to tap into the truth about this world and it’s reality before their death? Right before a person’s passing, the veil between the world may be just thin enough to see clearly. What some people claim to see is haunting. The idea is that we live in the matrix, a giant simulation and that some realize it when they “wake up” from it. It was explored in the famous movie that started the conversation for many in 1999 called the Matrix, and perhaps some see our matrix for themselves before death; before they “wake up” from this world.

Mysterious Death

A young CEO of a tech startup company in Silicon Valley Erin Valenti may have had the fortune or misfortune of seeing the reality of the matrix we live in right before her mysterious death. Her family are unable to fully understand what happened to her, and her last words forever haunt them. 

It was the night of her mother’s wedding anniversary Erin, 33, called from 2,900 away. She said she just left a friend in Palo, California after her business trip, and she could not locate her rental car. 

The small confusion turned concerning for her family fast. After finding the car and starting the drive to San Jose airport, Erin sounded erratic, and as she spoke fast, her words made no sense. First, she was worrying about missing her flight. Then her words became cryptic:

 “It’s all a game, it’s a thought experiment, we’re in the Matrix.” 

Five days later after saying those words and being missing, she was found dead in the rental car. There were no signs of any injuries or struggle, and how she died remains a mystery (latest theory is drugs). 

Besides her tech company, she is also remembered as “Armageddon Erin” for her lively spirit and tendency to be places when natural disasters strike. Her last words of being in the Matrix will never be forgotten by her family.

Did she have an epiphany before death (caused by dying or even if by drugs)? Being in the matrix here on Earth is commonly discussed as a real possibility by scientists and philosophers. 

Are We In The Matrix?

Famous technology entrepreneur Elon Musk known for Tesla cars and SpaceX have said in multiple interviews that by his own predictions there is only one to a billion chance that we live in reality as we know it. The odds are astronomically high that we live in a simulation. 

“If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then the games will become indistinguishable from reality, even if that rate of advancement drops by a thousand from what it is now. Then you just say, okay, let’s imagine it’s 10,000 years in the future, which is nothing on the evolutionary scale.

So given that we’re clearly on a trajectory to have games that are indistinguishable from reality, and those games could be played on any set-top box or on a PC or whatever, and there would probably be billions of such computers or set-top boxes, it would seem to follow that the odds that we’re in base reality is one in billions.” 

Musk is not alone in this. An Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom (who may have inspired Musk’s theory) wrote a paper in 2001 arguing that by his calculations we are most likely living in a giant simulation run by a massive supercomputer. 

“We are almost certainly characters living in a computer simulation.” 

A computer scientist Rizwan Virk also proposed a theory that we are in “the video game of life.” 

“You can think of it like a high-resolution or high-fidelity video game in which we are all characters,” he said. 

There are more scientists each year coming to a similar conclusion. The question is, when do we as individuals realize it?

“There always remains the possibility for the simulated to discover the simulators,” concluded a 2014 study on this subject. 

Was Erin right? Do we live in the matrix, and if so, have you felt it yourself?