As many scientists attempt to unravel the countless secrets of our universe and its still mysterious functioning, some believe that it is possible that our universe is in reality a simulationand that we all live inside a computer program. A theory which will be taken over by the Wachowskis with the saga Matrix, the films having largely contributed to the dissemination of the concept. And a few years ago it was Elon Musk which stated that we were actually living in a huge video game. But it seems that it is now possible to check if this is really the case, as evidenced by this scientific and its future experience.
a growing theory
Among the existential questions of human beings, the question of the origin of the universe probably remains one of the most fascinating subjects. Where some will turn to religion for answers, others will favor a more scientific approach, thus giving rise to very different theories, among which we find in particular the hypothesis that we are at the heart of a simulated realitythat is to say that the perceived reality is the result of a computer simulation.
This will allow the emergence of the physics of information, a branch of physics which mixes information theory and theoretical physics, and which increasingly considers information as a physical quantity. And recently, theoretical physicist Melvin M. Vopson said that information could even be a true state of matter.
And precisely, Dr. Vopson, lecturer in applied physics at the University of Portsmouth and co-founder of the Information Physics Institute, recently published an article in The Conversationentitled “How to test if we’re living in a computer simulation” (lit.: How to check if we are living in a computer simulation), in which he explains that it would now be possible to know if we really live in a simulated reality. He then explains:
Some data suggests that our physical reality may be a simulated virtual reality rather than an objective world that exists independent of the observer.
Any virtual reality world will be based on information processing. This means that everything is ultimately digitized or rasterized down to a minimum size that cannot be further subdivided: bits.
It seems to mimic our reality according to the theory of quantum mechanics, which governs the world of atoms and particles. […]
The laws of physics that govern everything in the universe also look like lines of computer code that a simulation would follow in program execution. Moreover, mathematical equations, numbers and geometric patterns are present everywhere: the world seems to be entirely mathematical.
Faced with this finding, Vopson then proposed a hypothesis called the mass-energy-information equivalence, extending the already existing information-energy equivalence while proposing that information has mass. The physicist then explains that he has a method based on this new equivalence:
It is reasonable to assume that a simulated universe would contain many bits of information all around us. These bits of information represent the code itself. Therefore, detecting these bits of information will prove the hypothesis of the simulation.
[…] I postulated that information is actually a fifth form of matter in the universe. I even calculated the expected information content per elementary particle. These studies led to the publication, in 2022, of an experimental protocol to test these predictions.
The experiment consists in erasing the information contained inside the elementary particles by letting them annihilate with their antiparticles (all the particles have “anti” versions of themselves, identical but of opposite charge) in a flash of energy, emitting “photons”, or particles of light.
I predicted the exact range of expected frequencies of the resulting photons based on information physics. The experiment is quite feasible with our current tools, and we have launched a crowdfunding site to carry it out.
Dr. Vopson actually launched a crowdfunding campaign on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, where he provides more details on the needs necessary to carry out such an experiment. He then concludes as follows :
The nature of our reality is one of the greatest mysteries there is. The more seriously we take the simulation hypothesis, the more likely we are to prove or disprove it one day.
And to find out why Elon Musk was convinced that his ex-girlfriend was not realsee our previous article on the subject, just here.
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Matrix: this scientist wants to prove that our universe is in a simulation
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