December 21st is quickly approaching, here’s an interesting piece of news to question your existence; the University of Washington is currently conducting experiments that could prove our whole existence, everything you and I know to be real, is nothing more than a simulation. That is, you and I and the whole universe lives inside a very powerful computer.
Sounds a bit Matrix like, right?
“Imagine the situation where we get a big enough computer to simulate our universe, and we start such a simulation on our computers,” said professor Martin Savage, a physicists working on the project. “If that simulation runs long enough, and have same laws as our universe, then something like our universe will emerge within that simulations, and the situation will repeat itself within each simulation,” he said.
The current understanding of string theory indicates that there are 10,500 universes with different laws that determine the behaviour of particles within them, he said.
“So it is certainly true, that with enough computer resources, theorists would like to explore these universes ,” he added.
Explaining how the experiment works, physicists claim that finite computer resources mean that space time is not continuous but set on a grid with a finite volume, designed to create maximum energy subatomic particles. The direction these particles flow in will depend on how they are ordered on the grid. They will be looking at the distribution of the highest energy cosmic rays in order to detect patterns that could suggest that universe is the creation of some futuristic computer technology.
And if it does turns out that we are mere players in some sort of computer programme, they suggested that there may be a way to mess with the program, and play with the minds of our creators. “One could imagine trying to figure out how to manipulate the code, communicate with the code and questions that appear weird to consider today,” he said.
via the Times of India
Wouldn’t that be something? To find out that we’re nothing more than a highly sophisticated game of the Sims? I only hope that if the theory proves true that we figure out how to communicate with our computer overlords and get a way out!