LMAO @ the segment on today's BOL about how we might all just be a simulation. I have some thoughts on it though.
In previous simulations, perhaps we as a group were not prepared for the realization that we really didn't exist, and that created the "Buffer Overflow" error which brought down the entire simulation. Perhaps on top of that, Neo didn't decide to save Trinity.
In this current version of the simulation, perhaps our overlords have programmed into the simulation "stuff" to better prepare us for when we reach the development level to realize we don't really exist.
Example: As children, if you watch Animaniacs, Yakko sings a song about it being a "Great Big Universe" suggesting that we might just be inside a little jar on someone's desk.
Example: SimCity. Perhaps Maxis (now owned by EA) was really created by the simulations programmers to get children at a young age to experiment with simulations and numb the mind to being an electronic overlord.
Example: Star Trek. Introduces the concept of holotechnology and simulations. Also teaches us about the Prime Directive, which could be a philosophy that our overlords live by.
Heck, the entire technology revolution of the past two decades could be entirely designed and implemented as a method to numb our brains to the possibility of us not really existing, at least in the physical sense.
Cliff Notes Version: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, Maxis, Gene Roddenberry. They never existed, but were programs, the Architect, if you will, of our electronic simulation inside a simulation inside a simulation.
Thoughts? (Please keep in my, electronic overlords, that this is all tounge-in-cheek. Please don't delete my program.)
Cameras that make great holiday gifts
Let them start the new year with a step up in photo and video quality from a phone.