While many scientists try to discover countless the secrets ours universe and its still-mysterious workings, some believe it’s possible our universe is inside reality or the simulationand that we all live within one computer program. or THEORY which the Wachowskis will take on with the saga Matrix, films have contributed greatly to the spread of the concept. And a few years ago it was Elon Musk which said we were actually living in a big video game. But it seems that it is now possible to check whether this is indeed 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 perhaps remains one of the most fascinating topics. Where some will turn to religion for answers, others will favor a more scientific approach, thus creating very different theories, among which we find in particular the hypothesis that we are at the heart of a simulated reality.which means that the perceived reality is the result of a computer simulation.
This will allow the display of physics of information, a branch of physics that blends information theory and theoretical physics, and that increasingly considers information as a physical quantity. And recently, theoretical physicist Melvin M. Vopson said that the information may also be a true state of affairs.
And exactly, Dr. Vopson, lecturer in applied physics at the University of Portsmouth and co-founder of the Information Physics Institute, recently published an article in Conversationentitled “How to test if we live in a computer simulation” (lit.: How to check if we live 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 evidence 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 eventually digitized or rasterized to a minimum size that cannot be further divided: 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 running the program. 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 mass-energy-information equivalence, extending the already existing information-energy equivalence by 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 a lot of information about us. These pieces of information represent the code itself. Therefore, the discovery of these pieces of information will validate the hypothesis of the simulation.
[…] I hypothesized 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 of erasing the information contained within elementary particles by letting them annihilate their antiparticles (all particles have “anti” versions of themselves, identical but oppositely charged) in a wave of energy, releasing “photons ” or particles. of light.
I predicted the exact range of expected frequencies of the resulting photons based on the physics of information. The experiment is quite feasible with our current tools, and we’ve launched a crowdfunding page to make it happen.
Dr. Vopson actually started a crowdfunding campaign on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, where it 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 will one day prove or disprove it.
And to find out why Elon Musk was convinced that his ex-girlfriend was not realsee our previous article on this topic, only here.