There's a distinct possibility that the universe, our life, and everything around us are part of a vast, living and 3D holographic simulation conducted by "someone" invisible and superior to everything known in the universe!
Is it the ultimate computer game of the superior ones?
Ancient thinkers pondered the dilemma - whether the universe that we currently inhabit is a numerical simulation performed by our distant descendants.
A vast scientific literature is also devoted to exploration of various aspects of our universe as a computer simulation. Modern scientists seriously ponder a scientific conundrum: Is it all just a perfect extensive simulation; is nothing real?
How to find out?
Already in 2003, professor Nick Bostrom at the University of Oxford suggested that we may be living in a computer simulation.
He said that at least one of the following three propositions must be true:
1. Almost all civilisations at our level of development become extinct before becoming technologically mature.
2. The fraction of technologically mature civilisations that are interested in creating ancestor simulations is almost zero.
3. You are almost certainly living in a computer simulation.
Now, a group of scientists led by nuclear physicist Silas Beane at the University of Bonn have developed a test that can check, if we really live in a simulated virtual world.
Beane's group is aware they don't have sophisticated methods of simulation, the algorithms and necessary hardware to simulate the quantum universe on a large scale.
Such sophisticated means are unknown yet.
Still, scientists are able to make such simulations in an ultra-small version of the universe that's down to the femto-scale, which is smaller than the nano-scale and where the space-time continuum is replaced by a lattice, (similar to 3D graph paper) to monitor the strong nuclear force in an atom and how it works over time on this scale.