While many scientists are trying to unlock the countless secrets of our universe and how it still works, some believe that it is possible that our universe is in reality a simulation, and that we all live in it. inside a computer program. A theory which will notably be taken up by the Wachowskis with the saga Matrix, the films having largely participated in to dissemination of the concept. And a few years ago, it was Elon Musk who said that we actually live. in a huge video game. But it seems that it is now possible to verify if this is really the case, testifies this scientist and his future experiment.
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Among the existential questions of human beings, the question of the origin of the universe probably remains one of the most fascinating subjects. Severe; 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 reality. simulated, that is to say that the reality perceived 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 stated that that information might even be a true state of matter.
And precisely, Dr. Vopson, lecturer in physics applied to the University of Portsmouth and co-founder of the Information Physics Institute, recently published; an article in The Conversation, titled; “How to test if we're living in a computer simulation”, in which he explains that it would henceforth be possible to know if we really live in a reality. simulated. He then explains:
Some data suggest that our reality is physics could be a reality simulated virtual rather than an objective world that exists independent of the observer.
Any reality world virtual will be based on information processing. This means that everything is finally digitized; or rasterized until a minimum size that cannot be further subdivided: bits.
This 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 this. lines of computer code that a simulation would follow in executing the program. Moreover, mathematical equations, numbers and geometric patterns are present everywhere: the world seems to be entirely mathematical.
Facing; this finding, Vopson then proposed a hypothesis called the mass-energy-information equivalence, extending the information-energy equivalence already to existing while proposing that the information has a 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 appliedé 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 erase the information contained in; the interior of elementary particles by letting them annihilate with their antiparticles (all particles have “anti” versions of themselves, identical but of opposite charge) in a space energy flash, emitting “photons”, or particles of light.
I predicted the exact range of expected frequencies of the resulting photons based on the physics of information. The experience is everything. made achievable with our current tools, and we launched a crowdfunding site to make it happen.
Dr. Vopson effectively initiated a crowdfunding campaign on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, where it provides more details on the needs necessary to achieve such an experience. He then concludes in the following way:
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 persuaded; that his ex-girlfriend wasn't real, see our previous article on the subject, right here.