It has been long thought that the universe is nothing more than a hologram--a projection of sorts. I honestly think the very first time this idea was spread to mass consciousness was in 1999 with the film, The Matrix. As Morpheus suggests, how do you define real? If real is something that you can taste or see or touch, well these things are ultimately just electrical signals interpreted by your brain. The movie's plot, of course, was the fictional idea that humans were being used as batteries to power a race of machines. The humans were plugged into this "matrix" where everything about their lived seemed "real" but in the end, they were merely plugged up to a super-lifelike dreamworld software program. Hyper virtual reality. This isn't a new idea. In fact, it's very ancient. The Hindus refer to our terrestrial or material existence as "Maya" or illusion. There is a very interesting YouTube video making its rounds featuring Elon Musk and a few other speakers. It raises some fascinating philosophical questions about humanity's future. We've often thought that going into space is man's final frontier, but what if the opposite is true? What if going within is really the last frontier? 30 years ago, we played the extremely primitive "Pong" video game. Today,"Grand Theft Auto V" and "No Man's Sky" takes computer gaming realism to an entirely new level. For GTA V, the graphics are almost as real as real life. In the case of No Man's Sky, the technology is literally creating worlds such that no to planets are alike, and no two gamers will ever have the same gaming experience! This raises some interesting questions. Look how far we've come in just 30 short years. Where will we be in 10,000 years--and where does morality and ethics come into play? In GTA, you can literally do anything you want. You can bang hookers, kill them and get your money back--with absolutely no consequence. You can shoot down planes with rocket launchers or just kill random people on the street for no reason--consequence free. What is going to happen when we build a virtual universe where we are literally able to completely immerse our consciousness into this world? When we know it's just a simulation, it's hard to factor in ethics and morality because it's not real. But what about our universe, right now? Are we living in a holographic simulation of hyper hyper virtual reality realism? If we ever decide (or learn) that yes, the universe is just maya as the Hindus would say, what then? Where do ethics and morality fit inside such a revelation? In my opinion, for right now, you still have the same arguments...you're just using different words. Athiest-virtual reality universe: God does not exist, life has no purpose Theist-real universe: God does exist and your actions will be weighed and measured against you when you die I personally agree with the latter, but then, that's just my belief.