Hey you know how Elon Musk believes we're actually plugged into a computer simulation of the real world created by an advanced simulation, even though that doesn't make much sense from a practical or even philosophical perspective? Funny story, but turns out he's spending money to someday, maybe, make that actually possible:
SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is backing a brain-computer interface venture called Neuralink, according to The Wall Street Journal. The company, which is still in the earliest stages of existence and has no public presence whatsoever, is centered on creating devices that can be implanted in the human brain, with the eventual purpose of helping human beings merge with software and keep pace with advancements in artificial intelligence. These enhancements could improve memory or allow for more direct interfacing with computing devices.
So even if there is no advanced civilization plugging us in now, Elon's trying to build the hardware so that we ourselves (as rational and enlightened as we are) to plug in our kids, or our kids' kids. You can read more about it in this long Vanity Fair profile, which includes this on-point comment from VR pioneer (and Linden Lab board member) Jaron Lanier, touching on topics he also mentioned in my Wired article last year: