“Does it matter that we might be living in a simulation?” That question has been raised more often since Elon Musk suggested the possibility in a recent interview. He’s not the only one who thinks it’s a possibility (or even a likelihood). If we’re part of a computer simulation, then this election year seems like a good time for a system software update. The New Yorker’s Joshua Rothman helps explain why the posthuman future has never been easier to imagine — especially for those who work at the forefront of technology.? (After reading this, I had a terrible dream that I was reincarnated as part of a Windows Phone.)