Scientist Proves Reality Might Be Simulation With Artficial Intelligence Algorithm
A physicist has created an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that may prove that reality is a simulation.
Hong Qin’s algorithm could call into question all we know about reality, and whether it’s a simulation or not.
There are ongoing theories surrounding artificial simulation that argue that what we experience as reality is actually a giant computer simulation created by a more sophisticated intelligence.
Qin, from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), devised an algorithm to predict planets’ orbits and applied it to the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres, and Jupiter. He is now developing the AI so that i can predict and potentially control other behaviours.
He explained, ‘Usually in physics, you make observations, create a theory based on those observations, and then use that theory to predict new observations. What I’m doing is replacing this process with a type of black box that can produce accurate predictions without using a traditional theory or law.’
‘Essentially, I bypassed all the fundamental ingredients of physics,’ Qin added. ‘I go directly from data to data. There is no law of physics in the middle.’
Joshua Burby, a physicist at the DOE’s Los Alamos National Laboratory who earned his Ph.D. at Princeton under Qin’s mentorship, explained that the accurate predictions don’t happen by mistake.
Hong taught the program the underlying principle used by nature to determine the dynamics of any physical system. The payoff is that the network learns the laws of planetary motion after witnessing very few training examples. In other words, his code really ‘learns’ the laws of physics.
Qin was reportedly inspired in part by Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom’s philosophical thought experiment that argued that the universe may be an artificial simulation.
The physicist told Big Think, ‘What is the algorithm running on the laptop of the Universe? If such an algorithm exists, I would argue that it should be a simple one defined on the discrete spacetime lattice. The complexity and richness of the Universe come from the enormous memory size and CPU power of the laptop, but the algorithm itself could be simple.’
Basically, Qin’s algorithm raises questions about the very nature of science and implies that we could be living in a real life version of Keanu Reeve’s The Matrix.
Mind blown? Mine too.
If you have a story you want to tell, send it to UNILAD via [email protected]
Most Read StoriesMost Read