An expert offers a method to determine whether we are living in a simulation

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Scientists have not always been able to explain the beginning of the Universe. Why did our universe appear, then life? Theories of general relativity, quantum theory or dark energy all try in vain to unravel this mystery. They describe our universe but do not provide a clue to its origin. What if we lived in a giant computer program hosted by a quantum computer? An expert has just proposed a method to know whether or not our universe is a simulation.

Storage technologies digital information fundamentally transformed our society. In classical computing, digital information is stored in the form of 1s and 0s, which are called bits. Digital information has become so ingrained in all aspects of our society that recent growth in information production seems inevitable. In 150 years, more particles than atoms will be created on Earth.

In 1961, Landauer first proposed the idea that some digital information is physical and associated with a well-defined energy. This is called Landauer’s principle, recently confirmed experimentally.

From this theory, which belongs to the physics of information, another one emerges that suggests that space-time and matter are not fundamental phenomena. Instead, physical reality essentially consists of pieces of information, from which our experience of space-time emerges. By comparison, temperature “appears” from the collective motion of atoms. No atom has essentially no temperature. In other words, our experience of the universe is part of a computer simulation, not real.

Recently Dr Vopson of the University of Portsmouth postulated that information is a the fifth state matter besides solid, liquid, gas and plasma, and that the elusive dark matter may also be information. This is the principle of mass-energy-information equivalence. In an article published in Conversationciting a study published in API Advanceshe then proposes a method to test whether our universe is really just a “computer simulation, with someone (perhaps an advanced extraterrestrial species) fine-tuning the conditions.”

Simulation evidence

As mentioned earlier, the principle of mass-energy information equivalence (M/E/I) states that information is a form of matter, that it is physical, and that it can be identified by a specific mass of bit while storing information or by energy dissipation after the operation of irreversible erasure of information, as dictated by Landauer’s principle.

Even if the advanced civilization in the simulation controls of our universe has reached such a point of sophistication that it is impossible for anyone to distinguish simulation from reality, thanks to this M/E/I principle, it would still exist. de facto proof.

On the one hand, Dr. Vopson explains that the laws of physics that govern the universe can be compared to the lines of computer code that a simulation would follow in program execution. Not to mention the numerous mathematical equations and geometric patterns present everywhere.

We can also compare the maximum speed of our universe, the speed of light, to the speed of the processor. If it is too busy, it slows down. Like one black holecharged with the information it has absorbed, it speeds up and slows down time, according to Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

Finally, for the author, the best evidence to justify the simulation theory of the universe comes from Quantum mechanics. Wopson says: This suggests that nature is not ‘real’: particles in fixed states, such as specific locations, do not appear to exist unless you observe or measure them. Instead, they are in a mixture of different states at the same time. Likewise, too virtual reality it needs an observer or programmer to make things happen “.

How do you know?

Assuming that the universe is indeed a simulation, then what kind of experiment should be performed? The principle is based on the discovery of pieces of information, because a simulated universe will contain many pieces of information, around us, that represent the code itself. As explained earlier, the mass-energy information equivalence (M/E/I) principle states that pieces of information must have mass, however small. This is what we should be looking for.

Wopson explains: The experiment consists in erasing the information contained within elementary particles leaving them, as well as their antiparticles. (all particles have ‘anti’ versions of themselves which are the same but have an opposite charge) annihilate in a flash of energy – emitting ‘photons’, or particles of light “.

of photos information energy has very specific characteristics that allow their identification with a high degree of confidence. First, they must be emitted simultaneously with gamma photons. This means that the synchronized detection of gamma photons and information energy would provide a strong indication of their origin.

Second, photons of information energy have very specific wavelengths that are not only proportional to the amount of bits of information stored byelectron and position, but also in proportion to their temperature. You should know this information content per elementary particle was estimated at 1509 bits.

Vopson therefore predicted the exact range of expected frequencies of the resulting photons based on the physics of information. The experiment is feasible using current technologies and provides several means of control to ensure that the detection is indeed due to deletion of information.

The main means of control is the fact that the wavelength of the infrared photons of information energy must move with the temperature of the sample. By conducting experiments at different temperatures, the detection of the wavelength shift of these photons would be a final confirmation of the hypothesis. To achieve this, the author opened a crowdfunding page.

Source: AIP advances

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