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Are we living in a computer simulation, and can we hack it?

By Dennis Overbye

16 Jan 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

If you could change anything about the universe, what would it be? This New York Times article explores the idea that we are living in a simulation and looks at the changes that people would make.

If you could change the laws of nature, what would you change?

Maybe it’s that pesky speed-of-light limit on cosmic travel — not to mention war, pestilence and the eventual asteroid that has Earth’s name on it. Maybe you would like the ability to go back in time — to tell your teenage self how to deal with your parents, or to buy Google stock. Couldn’t the universe use a few improvements?

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