From NY Times:
I hadnâ€™t imagined that the omniscient, omnipotent creator of the heavens and earth could be an advanced version of a guy who spends his weekends building model railroads or overseeing video-game worlds like the Sims.
But now it seems quite possible. In fact, if you accept a pretty reasonable assumption of Dr. Bostromâ€™s, it is almost a mathematical certainty that we are living in someone elseâ€™s computer simulation.
The assumption of some guy on a couch being the gamer of gamers is so typical…
I like the quasi-Deleuzian response to surviving in a simulation:
[A]s suggested by Robin Hanson, an economist at George Mason University, you should try to be as interesting as possible, on the theory that the designer is more likely to keep you around for the next simulation. (For more on survival strategies in a computer simulation, go to www.nytimes.com/tierneylab.)
This is a like Pascal’s Wager 2.0 (from the linked Tierney blog):
If only a small percentage of the population â€” either on earth or elsewhere in the universe â€” started running simulations, the number of simulated beings in the universe could quickly dwarf the number of non-simulated beings (and therefore, as explained in Dr. Bostromâ€™s paper, it would be logical for any individual anywhere to assume that he or she is simulated).