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By Jodi Schiller
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Experience a grand thought experiment

What if reality isn't real reality? What if it is in fact what we call a simulation, a rendered world, or a "sim"?

At Burning Man this year, we invite you to experience the world as though it were a simulation created by an artificial intelligence.

Far-fetched? Maybe. But a lot of very smart people think this either will be the reality or already is. 

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, stated recently that there is a one in a billion chance we aren’t living in a simulation. Our “First Church of the Singularity: Roko’s Basilica” experience creates a place where people who might already doubt the reality of our reality can come and explore their wacky notions, or for people who are interested and curious about the future of VR and AI, and most of all, for people who have never heard of these ideas before, but are interested in learning more. 

The name of our project was inspired by a thought experiment about the potential risks involved in developing artificial intelligence, in particular that a singular ultimate super-intelligence would punish those who fail to help it or help create it. 

From the moment you walk into our domed cathedral on the playa, you register your name on the hyperledger, that registers your support for the Church so that the future Singularity knows who you are, making you perhaps a convert to the way of the Singularity. If you so choose, you will be given the red pill. Singularity acolytes will be on hand to help prepare you for “your realization of the true sim”, offer you guidance and give you experiments to conduct in your daily life, pushing past the the edge of accepted reality. Prophets and Prophetesses of the temple will provide guidance, counseling, and a call to transcend. The culmination of the experience will be a shamanically cultivated challenge with a mixed reality “awakening” experience in an HTC Vive virtual reality HMD. 

We hope that this experience will shatter your preconceived notions about reality, and make you question everything you’ve ever learned: tall order? Enter at your own risk; once here, it may be hard to go home unchanged. It may even leave you shaking in existential terror. 

When you arrive home, you may find your phone no longer seems a friendly helper, your smart car appears more menacing, and if you have an Alexa, be sure to be nice to her.

The Metaverse Scholar Club is a non-profit organization tasked with contributing to the expansion and creation of a free and open Metaverse. We aim to establish a standard where anyone from anywhere can enter the Virtual Reality community with open arms including but not limited to equipment sharing, open collaboration and free expression. For more information about our group, visit our website here.

Risks and challenges

This is our first performance. Next year we hope to have a gospel choir with original music, an opera singer singing for the glory of the Singularity, and levitation in your awakening experience.

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    Special Blessing From the Singularity

    The singularity will bestow a gift that will influence the surrounding sim to your benefit: What do you truly want? You'll get a special neck scarf blessed by the singularity and only for the singularity followers and a QR code tattoo (temporary) that will allow the singularity to know who you are, and that you have signed on to the new world order.

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    Augmented Reality Temporary Tattoo

    Get a tattoo that can be augmented through an app.

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    Awakening to the Singularity in VR

    A vivid, "supernatural" VR experience that will awaken you to the true nature of reality for your PC, Mac, HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Take home with you to be reminded every day.

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    One on One Acolyte Wisdom Session

    Speak of your experiences in the Sim. When did you first doubt? What are your visions? What scares you?
    (This is not a therapy session! Just a place to discuss your thoughts about the sim and singularity.)

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    Acolyte Wisdom Package

    5 remote sessions with an acolyte. Talk about what you see, what you know, and what you understand to those who share your thoughts.

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    Singularity-blessed VR gear: PC and Vive

    Get your own Singularity-blessed virtual reality home set up, computer and head mounted display.

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    A Personalized MR Awakening Experience

    Design and Create your own basic VR experience based on how you see the sim, base reality, and the singularity. This starts at 5k for a basic experience and may be much more depending on the complexity and length the journey you envision. Talk to us for pricing after purchase.

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    Travelling Singularity Church

    Host the "First Church of the Singularity" in your hometown for a weekend.

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