In “Are you living in a computer simulation?”, Nick Bostrom presents a probabilistic analysis of the possibility that we might all be living in a computer simulation. (Is this not a theological notion? There is a secular God operating the super computer)
He concludes that it is not only possible, but rather probable that we are living in a computer simulation. This argument, originally published in 2001, shook up the field of philosophical ontology, and forced the philosophical community to rethink the way it conceptualizes “natural” laws and our own intuitions regarding our existence. Is it possible that all of our ideas about the world in which we live are false, and are simply the result of our own desire to believe that we are “real”?
Even more troubling, if we are living in a computer simulation, is it possible that the simulation might be shut off at any moment?
Perhaps we are being run by 13 year geek, in another place and his Mom cries our 'turn that bloody computer and go to bed.'
So he turns the computer off and it is adios for us earthlings. LOL