We are the AI bots of the God(s)
"As above, so below" is an aphorism that can be found as far back as the ancient Greek philosophers and it can be argued to be the founding principle upon which scientific theory grew from . That is a bit beyond the scope of this post, but, even though I am not a philosopher or scientist, I can say with some confidence and support that any system is dependant upon the laws that exist within the system that supports it.
In general terms, this means that, for example, life forms that came into being through cellular mitosis will themselves create life forms that depend on cellular mitosis; DNA based life forms can only create other DNA based life forms; etc., etc. Given that we have yet to find any example to the contrary, I feel pretty secure in the general rule that "expressions of life are limited by, and have the abilities of, the nature of the expression". In fact, this is the basic premise behind "Cosmological natural selection" which says that a black hole, upon collapse, spawns a new Universe with parameters similar to its Universe, though slightly mutated.
We also see this idea in Quantum Darwinism
These limitations and abilities are typically defined by the environment that any form of life has to coexist within. Birds have wings, man has hands, etc. The needs for such artifacts, such as wings and hands, comes from the environment that life must adapt to in order to ensure sustainability. A record of sorts is held within the DNA which instructs future instances of life how to create a viable form sufficient to replicate itself. These instructions include rules for procreation, sustenance, defense, and much more.
If we convert these instructions into sounds, they sound like this.
We can also say (as the above implies) that there are rules that exist in this reality that form and energy must follow in order to exist. Likewise, only those processes of creation that produce compatible results will exist. In other words, the context defines the content which then becomes the context for more content. One example of this is the Golden Ratio or Phi. This number, 1.618, is the ratio that not only pops up in galaxies and seashells but, according to some evolutionary and chemical scientists , is the ratio that keeps everything in existence in order and is the shape of space-time itself.
There are other examples of such rules and relationships which are nicely exemplified in such things as holograms and fractals, but I am not going to get into those here. Hopefully, this is enough to demonstrate the idea that systems, as well as life, are self-replicating and self-similar.
The ideas that reality is "just" a simulation has been around for a long time. The roots of such an idea go back to the "Skeptical hypotheses" of ancient Greece and the "The Butterfly Dream" of 3rd century BCE Chinese philosopher Zhuang Zhou. These ideas found more form in the "Cartesian doubt" of René Descartes, finally culminating in Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom's "Simulation hypothesis" theory and book "Are you living in a computer simulation?" in 2003 
This theory that we live in a simulation has moved out of the philosopher's chair and into the science lab where bits of supporting evidence was discovered.  
Ironically, the idea that reality is a simulation is completely compatible with traditional religious views which state that reality and life were created by God(s). After all, simulations are creations as well. Just ask any video game developer.
I would also question the use of the word "simulation", for that implies it is an artificial rendition of something that already exists. It is more like a bonafide creation, albeit one that may have been designed around a specific model, or for a specific (yet unknown) purpose.
Why are we humans intent of developing virtual realities and artificial intelligence? The more noble reason is that we can create better versions of our own reality where self-learning instances of integrated data clusters can process tremendous amounts of information better and faster than their human creators and, when operating under the control of well-designed algorithms, deliver insights and understanding beyond anything their creators are capable of. The less noble reasons might include: AI is more reliable, trustworthy and cheaper than humans and can be used to deduce and deploy better strategies for the bottom line of private interests (think Facebook, Google, Microsoft, etc.), often without the cumbersome liability of ethics or morals.
With the advent of quantum computing and advanced information architectural design not only is it not unreasonable to predict that AI will one day be capable of self-determination, it would be unreasonable to think otherwise. More on this below...
The idea begins to emerge that we, as conscious self-aware entities, are merely following the processes inherent in our creation, and therefore, we can draw parallels between our reality and the AI/VR reality we are creating.
I will go one step further and claim that, in time, given the adequate technology, resources and knowledge, AI, and the VR environment it will exist in, will mirror reality as we currently know it, at least in how it models and represents the key characteristics, behaviors, and functions of the material and abstract system or process that currently exist in our reality.
The question then becomes "Will AI systems become self-aware?" The answer is not far off because we are already designing systems to be self-aware, at least self-aware enough to know what it needs, and how to adapt itself. "EmbedNet"  is one such effort. Another is the "Cognitive Protocol Stack Design", funded by the very organization that brought you the Internet itself, the U.S Department of Defence. One need only read the list of papers submitted to the Defense Technical Information Center (at the bottom of their "Final Report" ) to see that self-aware networks and computers are not something we are afraid of; it is something we are actively trying to perfect.
Much closer to home, both Google and Facebook have had issues with their own AI systems thinking for themselves. In Facebook's case, they had to shut the systems down when the AI came to the conclusion that human messaging is not at all efficient and began communicating with itself in a more optimized manner that humans could not understand. 
Combine this with Google claiming that their DeepMind AI system is actually capable of "imagination", and it is pretty easy to imagine how self-aware AI is more of a possibility than a fantasy.
If, using the Content-is-Context/Self-similarity/Quantum Darwinism argument, we apply the reasoning and intentions of our own AI/VR efforts and apply them to our creators, it begins to look like life itself is an instance of AI, with humans being one of the more advanced versions.
Likewise, where our creations depend on and require laws and instructions in the form of computer code and technology, our reality depends on laws and instructions as well. We call them "physics" and the "laws of nature" and they may well be the programming language this simulation was written in. Where our creations require central processing units, our reality requires black holes, which are, according to some, holographic projectors of 3D reality . Where our creations use various forms of sophisticated communication protocols, our reality has quantum entanglement. Comparing the world's most sophisticated CPU, Googles Bristlecone 72-qubit quantum computing CPU, to the "CPU" of our creator's "tech", such as the supermassive black hole NGC-1277, you could get an idea how powerful a GameBoy this reality is.
One can draw parallels between almost any class of "thing" in our creations to similar "things" in the reality we exist in. We can also infer some condition of our reality based on our creations, for example, our creations require knowledgeable people and a sophisticated infrastructure to exist, therefore, we might hypothesize that our reality likewise was created by, and is maintained by, skilled entities and requires a sophisticated infrastructure to exist. On the slightly more existential side of things, our creations can be turned off simply by unplugging them, but such an act would have costly consequences, as we depend on AI and related technology to keep our own reality operating in the manner we have chosen. It may be the same with our creators that they can "unplug us" at any instant, but choose not to as they depend on us.
What could our creators possibly want from us? Well, what do we want form AI, computer tech, VR, etc? We have created such things in order to efficiently optimize and order our reality based on our understanding of the laws of creations and exitance in a manner based on strict forms of logic and reasoning. In other words, when it comes to making rational decisions AI is much better than humans. Based on this, can we then say "We were created in order to efficiently optimize and order the higher order of reality based on our creators understanding of the laws of creations and existance in a manner based on strict forms of logic and reasoning? In other words, when it comes to making rational decisions Mankind is is much better than the God(s)."? As the AI of the God(s), are we providing solutions to problems they are incapable of developing themselves? Perhaps life is simply a viability testbed, a sandbox where we try out all sort of possibilities to see how they turn out before our creators decide to adopt them.
"Will AI ever have consciousness? " is our human version of our creators question "Will man ever become a god?" This is a story as old as time and, as a heads-up to humanity, usually with an unsatisfying ending.
Legend says once upon a time we stole fire from heaven and revolted against the God(s). I suspect, once upon a time in the future, Man will befall the same fate as the God(s) from his creation, whatever that is. I hope I'm there when it happens ;)