In twenty-first century Silicon Valley, the meaninglessness of the past and the uselessness of history became articles of faith, gleefully performed arrogance. "The only thing that matters is the future," said the Google and Uber self-driving car designer Anthony Levandowski in 2018. "I don't even know why we study history. It's entertaining I guess - the dinosaurs and the Neanderthals and the Industrial Revolution and stuff like that. But what already happened doesn't really matter. You don't need to know history to build on what they made. In technology, all that matters is tomorrow."
This cockeyed idea isn't an original idea; it's a creaky, bankrupt Cold War idea, an exhausted and discredited idea. The invention of the future has a history, decades old, dilapidated. Simulmatics is its cautionary tale, a timeworm fable, a story of yesterday. Because tomorrow is not all that matters. Nor is technology, and the next president, or the best dog food. What matters is what remains, endures, and cures.