Great question! I have not the answer. Here are some resources to consider and then ponder.
Rich Terrile, "a well-regarded scientist, the director of the Center for Evolutionary Computation and Automated Design at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory"
Philosopher Nick Bostrom, the director of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute.
Theory is "that a “programmer” from the future designed our reality to simulate the course of what the programmer considers to be ancient history"