At the White Horse Pub in Belgium a group of hyper-intelligent men gathered around Felix’s laptop computer. “This is connected to the Themis satellite,” said Felix.
“What’s Themis?” said George.
“A molecular computer the size of Mount Everest,” explained Howard. “More computing power than in all the world.”
“Yep. And today, I’m accessing its entire processing ability. This program simulates an entire universe with just a few simple rules. I’m starting it now.”
The program ran. In minutes billions of simulated years passed. Matter coalesced, galaxies formed into galaxy clusters, stars were born and died.
Because they couldn’t view in fine detail, they didn’t realize life emerged on millions of worlds.
And then, within the simulation:
A group of hyper-intelligent Tyr gathered around a computer and started a universe simulation program.
Within the Tyr simulation:
A group of hyper-intelligent Prruth gathered around a computer…
At the White Horse:
“Look at that!” exclaimed Felix. “Universes are spawning within my universe. But how?”
“There’s thousands of them!” cheered George.
Philippe, the pub’s cat chose that moment to leap upon the keyboard, changing universal environment variables. Within seconds Felix’s universe collapsed.
“Oh relax!” said Howard. “Lives aren’t at stake. It’s only a simulation. Just restart it.”
They never felt it when gravity suddenly reset to a different value. In an instant their bodies disintegrated into elementary particles.
In another universe (simulated?):
Hklomark shooed away the pub’s pet Glud.
“Oh relax!” said Bahkor. “Lives aren’t at stake. Just restart the simulation!”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction: https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/sunday-photo-fiction-july-9th-2017/
Are we living in a simulation?
Acclaimed physicist Neil Degrasse-Tyson puts the odds at 50-50. “I think the likelihood may be very high,” he said.