Are we in the Matrix? Well if we are, Singapore is the Demo Level…





Mike, our Asia Editor, recently visited the city-state, island-country of Singapore, and reports that it is one of the most extraordinary cities — perhaps the most extraordinary — in the world. It’s also one of the safest, as long as you don’t do anything to get yourself flogged, or executed. (The bar for that is pretty high, you’ll be OK.)


He’d heard all the fuss and now he knows what it’s all about.


Mike compares it to the Garden of Eden (which is not that controversal and, as far as the garden part, pretty bang on) and, perhaps more controversially, to the Demo Level in an elaborate video game. Elon Musk once said he was pretty convinced we are in a simulation, and even though I don’t think we are — but what do I know, I mean about anything? — he’s one of the smartest people on the planet so we have to at least listen. 


When you see modern, futuristic Singapore you are stunned by the beauty and vision and improbability of the architecture and city planning, and the boldness of their support of, and the value they place in, public art and lush nature. Some of the design of this urban paradise makes AI architecture platform Midjourney look short on imagination. 


So maybe it does make you question reality! 


There’s more to this amazing country than Raffles! (Although, don’t miss Raffles.) 


“Singapore, known as The Garden City, is not just a potential paradise for its inhabitants, but also a dream destination for visitors from around the globe,” says Mike. And Mike knows things. 


Bob Guccione, Jr



Indoor waterfall at Jewel Changi Airport Singapore
The world’s tallest indoor waterfall, at 130 feet high and known as the Rain Vortex, is in a shopping mall at Jewel Changi Airport. Photo provided by Wonderlust