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“Simulation Theory”: Scientists Propose How to Know if We’re Living in a Computer Program

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The “simulation theory” formulated by philosopher Nick Bostrom and physicist Melvin Bopson suggests that space-time and matter are not fundamental phenomena.

Of all the theories about the universe and how life could have arisen in the universe, there is perhaps something a little more extraordinary. This suggests that we actually live in an advanced virtual world.

known as “Simulation theory” in its most basic form, is underpinned by a branch of science called Information physics – suggests that space-time and matter are not fundamental phenomena. Instead, physical reality consists primarily of bits of information, from which spatio-temporal experiences arise.

If digesting this theory isn’t enough, especially for those who haven’t seen the Matrix movies, theoretical physicists Roman Yampolsky In addition to all that, he also outlines how you can escape if you’re truly trapped in a surreal simulation in a new article.

However, before entering the escape route, we need to check if we are in a simulated universe. To do so, we must return to the origin of theory.

“Simulation theory”

2003, Philosopher Nick Bostrom of the University of Oxford (UK).And it can be considered to emerge from the information.

Bostrom has a more concrete vision of how this information has emerged, this is the point at which advanced civilizations have become so sophisticated in their technology that simulations become indistinguishable from reality. We start with the premise that it is because we need to reach . Don’t realize they are in the simulation.

So the question automatically arises. If you are not aware of this in your simulation, So how do we prove whether such a bizarre theory is “genuine”?

Simulation theory suggests that spacetime and matter are not fundamental phenomena.
“Simulation theory” suggests that space-time and matter are not fundamental phenomena.

Universe full of information

That’s where physicist Melvin Vopson from the University of Portsmouth (UK) comes in. In a recent essay in The Conversation to test an interesting theory, Vopson argued that if we actually lived in a simulated universe, “there’s a lot of information out there. I propose the idea of That those bits “represent a code”.

“Thus, detecting these information bits proves the hypothesis of the simulation,” writes Vopson.

Thus, based on his own proposal of the “Mass-Energy-Information (M/E/I) Equivalence Principle” which suggests that “mass can be expressed as either energy or information, or vice versa”, the physicist believes that bits are information amount will be small. So, he adds, if you can find the mass of these bits, you could theoretically detect the bits themselves.

As DW reported earlier this yearVopson suggests that information following solids, liquids, gases, and plasmas can be viewed as the fifth form of matter in the universe.

As Bopson himself explains, his experiments to prove its physical existence “erased the information contained within elementary particles and , which has an oppositely charged “anti” version of itself) annihilates. A flash of energy that emits “photons” or particles of light.

Get out of the “matrix”

If Vopson proves it and finds himself trapped in a simulation, how can he get out of it?

in a new articleRoman Yampolski, a computer scientist at the University of Louisville, seeks to answer that very question and suggests several ways to get out of the simulation. Spoiler alert: There are no blue or red pills like The Matrix.

Among some considerations, for example, establishing the current simulation type, Yampolskiy suggested brute force attacking on the first instance, forcing the simulator to use more and more computing power. , thus forcing them to use more energy until they run out. they can ignore it.

Quoting programmer Gwern Branwen, Yampolskiy said, “Perhaps we could send the von Neumann probe to the farthest reaches of space and deliberately increase resource consumption.”

Like the Matrix, there’s no way to use blue or red pills by computer scientist Roman Yampolski.
There is no way to use blue or red pills like in The Matrix, according to computer scientist Roman Yampolski.

Binary and huge monument

Among the other methods outlined by Yampolskiy, one stands out for attracting the creator’s attention through a giant monument of binary numbers to let us know we know it, or for “hacking” the simulation. But Yampolskiy says it’s being done now. It’s the first step in investigating possible ways to escape, and in fact there’s still a lot to figure out.

So the next step for computer scientists is to further investigate the structure of the universe, especially quantum mechanics.

“Currently, without the ability to read and write the source code of the simulation, and without knowing whether the attempted social engineering attack would have any impact, the best course of action would be to study the structure of the universe on the smallest possible scale. Exploitation We hope to detect possible effects,” he wrote, noting that quantum mechanics has many quirks and that it “makes a lot of sense” to view them as glitches or potential exploits. added.

“Such anomalies, singly or in combination, have been exploited by shrewd scientists to achieve what appear to be simulation hacks, at least in theory, as they often are in subsequent experiments (e.g., past , leaving the cat dead, communicating counterfactually, etc.),” ​​he continued.

“While the quantum phenomena in question are usually confined to the microscale, scaling the effect to the macro world is sufficient to count as an exploit in the sense used in this article.”

If, even after you understand the basic idea of ​​”simulation theory”, you still think it’s just nonsense, the theory may be plausible, at least to some level. But regardless of which side you are on, what is clear is that the nature of our reality remains, and perhaps will continue to be, one of the greatest mysteries. still know very little about the universe and our “reality”.

“The more seriously we take a simulation hypothesis, the more likely we are to prove or disprove it one day,” concludes Vopson.

Source: Biobiochile

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