While the idea of our universe being nothing more than a simulation of some great being was popularized by the 1999 film The Matrix, the theory goes well beyond its explosion into pop culture Usually such ruminations over our existance are dismissed as belonging to the world of science fiction, but recent evidence has come to light to suggest that the idea may not be so far fetched after all. Scientists at the University of Bonn in Germany have constructed an immense simulation of what is known of the functioning of the universe and the end result looks surprisingly like the universe we inhabit.
In simulating the universe, artificial constraints need to be placed upon the systems that we already understand for the sake of processing power and the limitations of the devices used to create such simulations. Logically this would lend itself to a creation nothing like our natural state, yet their program has generated an existence much like our own. Could it actually be that we are nothing more than characters in an enormously complex fiction, an experiment done by higher level organisms? Or perhaps the robotic overlords really have enslaved mankind and there is no spoon.