Scientists May Have Evidence We Are In A Matrix-Like Simulation
Physicists say they may have proof that the galaxy is a computer simulation.
But How? They made a computer simulation of the galaxy. And it looks kind of like us.
A long-proposed believed research, put forward by both philosophers and popular culture, issues that any civilisation of sufficient size and intelligence would gradually create a simulation galaxy if such a thing were possible.
And since there would thus be many more simulations within each other than real universes, it is as a result more likely than not that our world is artificial.
Now a team of scientists at the University of Bonn in Germany directed by Silas Beane say they have proof this may be true.
In a paper named ‘Constraints on the Universe as a Numerical Simulation’, they point out that existing simulations of the universe – which do exist, but which are extremely poor and small – naturally put limits on physical laws.
Technology Review explains that “the issue with all simulations is that the laws of physics, which appear constantly, have to be superimposed onto a discrete three dimensional lattice which advances in steps of time.”
What that simply means is that by just being a simulation, the computer would put limits on, for instance, the energy that particles can have within the program.
These limits would be experienced by those living within the sim – and as it turns out, something which looks just like these limits do in fact exist.
For example, something known as the Greisen-Zatsepin-Kuzmin, or GZK cut off, is an apparent perimeter of the energy that cosmic ray particles can have. This is caused by connections with cosmic background radiation. But Beane and co’s paper claims that the pattern of this rule mirrors what you might anticipate from a computer simulation.
Naturally, at this point the science becomes pretty challenging to wade through – and we would advise you read the paper itself to try and get the full detail of the idea.
But the primary impression is an fascinating one.
Like a prisoner in a pitch-black cell, we may never be able to see the ‘walls’ of our prison — but through physics we may be able to reach out and touch them.