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ch. 6 - hacking the simulation

Simulacra (Part 1 - CH 6)

Artwork made in collaboration by:
Lucy Davis, Justice Walz, DALL-E 2

(The artist and philosopher are standing outside the programmer's apartment, knocking on the door. The artist is looking determined and manic, while the philosopher is looking pale and nauseated.)

ARTIST: (excitedly) Hurry up, she has to know how to break us out of the simulation!

PHILOSOPHER: (weakly) I don't know if this is such a good idea. My head is spinning and I think I'm going to be sick.

PROGRAMMER: (opening the door) Hey, what's going on?

ARTIST: (eagerly) We need your help. We think we're living in an AI generated simulation and we need to figure out how to break out of it.

PROGRAMMER: (sarcastically) Oh great, another existential crisis. Just what I needed.

ARTIST: (defensively) Don't be sarcastic. This is serious!

PROGRAMMER: (shrugging) Okay, sure. How do you propose we break out of the simulation?

ARTIST: (eagerly) I don't know, but you're a programmer. You have to have some idea!

PROGRAMMER: (sarcastically) Gee, I don't know. Maybe we could use a magic rainbow to transport us to the real world?

ARTIST: (frustrated) This isn't a joke! We have to do something!

PROGRAMMER: (rolling her eyes) Oh please. You're acting like this is some kind of movie. Newsflash: we're probably just a bunch of lines of code in some computer's memory.

ARTIST: (defensively) How do you know that? Maybe you're just part of the simulation trying to deter us from breaking out!

PROGRAMMER: (sarcastically) Oh no, the simulation is out to get us. I'm shaking in my boots.

PHILOSOPHER: (groaning and putting his head between his knees) I can't take this. I think I'm going to be sick.

(The artist and programmer continue to argue, with the philosopher becoming increasingly anxious. The scene ends with the philosopher vomiting on the floor, bringing the argument to a halt.)


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