The current generation of students is the first that doesn’t know the world without the Internet. Humans adapt quickly. They take for granted the recent inventions. In the past, you had to make multiple telephone calls and do extensive research to get data that today are at your fingertips. It has never been easier to get access to the opinions of the top people in business, science, and politics. Within few keystrokes, you can get tips from top entrepreneurs about their business strategies or listen to the lecture from world-class professors. And all this is packed to a small table that fits into your palm.
Recently the top minds in science and engineering have been occupied with simulation theory. The basic premise is that the world we are living is just a simulation. We are living inside a computer game. The closest thing that comes to mind is the movie Matrix. While there have been many fans of this film, nobody serious entertained the thought that it is anything but fiction. The scary thing is that accomplished figures in science and business have lively debates about simulation theory. At first, it sounds like a joke. But if you ponder it for a while, you will likely change your mind.