While credit’s been given to Elon Musk for the theory that we are simply living in someone’s video game, the real man behind the theory is Nick Bostrom.

A little while ago, business magnate Elon Musk shocked the world when he came up with what can be termed as a highly provocative statement: Human beings are in some sort of simulation. In other words, there are high chances that humans are characters of an advanced civilization’s computer game.

In analyzing Musk’s utterly absurd comments, it was realized that his theory is in fact based on the thinking of a highly-regarded philosopher: Nick Bostrom, a professor at Oxford University. While the Swedish philosopher is quite a character, he’s less convinced than Musk that the world is already in a computer-simulated reality.

“There’s actually lack of enough evidence to prove that humans are based on an advanced civilization simulation,” Bostrom says.

While he admits that he feels honored to hear Musk basing his arguments on his theory, Bostrom admits that the advanced simulation theory may either be good or bad depending on what human beings think about what the motives of the simulators might be. He however, stresses on the importance of taking the theory seriously. This is based on his strong belief that even if it takes a thousand years, there comes a time when real human characters will be created inside a computer simulation.

Even though Musk’s comments on this theory appeared to be more direct and so simplified, Bostrom is adamant that it’s just a matter of time before it is proved that human beings are nothing, but simulated characters in a highly advanced civilization’s computer. So whether we all believe in God or the Big Bang theory, there are chances we’re all exceedingly complicated characters in a futuristic video games.