It is the question, the big one that stares us down everyday. What are we doing here? Where am I coming from? Am I going anywhere? It is as if the purpose of life is to give life purpose. It is this quest for meaning and truth that separates humanity.
The meaning of life, the universe, and everything has been the eternal question of humanity since time immortal and the answers we have come up with so far range from 42 to living a <simulated life/>.
Technology has provided some answers too. Since the launch of the P.C. in 1981 the 'rise of the computer' has become unstoppable.
During the cultural revolution of the 60s the exponential rise of technology taught us a multitude of new ways to experience logic, the arts, consciousness, information, and almost every area of human life. At the current rate of growth in AI and computer science it is only a matter of time until we create our first simulation. Perhaps even in the not too distant future we will reach a point referred to as singularity.
But what if this is not such a strange path for humanity to take. What if in fact we have already taken it. Nick Bostrom the principal philosopher behind the simulation theory outlined his theory in three basic statements:
1) a post-human civilization will not come to be as humanity terminates itself before this can come to pass.
2) a post-human civilization would choose to not run simulations of its own trajectory or allow AI/programs to do so.
3) we are certainly in a simulation. If a post-human civilization would indeed run simulations then the probability of being in the 'base reality' would be very very small.
Since it seems highly probable that the technology to run simulations will exist and a post-human civilization would most likely run simulations, either we are on the path to self destruction, or we are in a simulated reality most likely designed to look back at a period of its own past. As we race towards creating AI and eventually digital life we race towards a period of time when we will no longer need to look for 'aliens' to find another intelligent life form in the universe. We also race towards 'a garden of eden," a period where man becomes a creator of life. So if you were in a post-human society what better time period to run a simulation on then your creation story?