The year is 2050 and super-intelligent robots have taken over the planet.
But you have no idea, as you're living in a computer simulation, representing what life was like in 2015. All you see and touch right now has been generated by robotic overlords who are using humankind as playthings in their simulated game. That's the drastic theory put forward by a number of researchers over the years, who claim there is a probability that our world as we know it is not real.
It may sound absurd, but this 'simulation argument' is being taken seriously by physicists who say they could discover proofs that confirm it. Robert Lawrence Kuhn, author and host of 'Closer to Truth,' just explored this theory in an in-depth report published on Space.com.
He quotes that, according to Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom, the situation played out in the film, The Matrix, could be real. But 'instead of having brains in containers that are served by sensory inputs from a simulator, the brains themselves would also be part of the simulation,' said Bostrom.
'It would be one big computer program simulating the whole thing, as well as human brains down to neurons and synapses.'
Kuhn also mentions how physical laws are sets of computational processes, with arrangements in nature disclosing an intrinsic, intentional model. Marvin Minsky, a creator of artificial intelligence, told Kuhn it would be very hard to differentiate that you're in a computer simulation. That is, he says, 'unless the program writer has made some mistakes — if you notice that some laws of physics aren't reasonably right, [or] f you find rounding-off errors.'
Numerous years ago, Silas Beane of the University of Bonn proposed, like Minsky, that there may be clues that we are living in a simulation. All we have to do to recognize what these limits would be, he said, is to manufacture our own simulation of the universe, which is close to what many scientists are trying to do on an extremely miniscule scale. He assumed that simulating physics on this fundamental level is similar, more or less, to simulating the mechanisms of the universe itself.
In such a simulation, the laws of physics have to be superimposed onto a separate three-dimensional frame which advances in time. Professor Beane and his associates discovered that lattice spacing forces a limit on the energy that particles can have, as nothing can be real that is smaller than the lattice itself. This means that if the cosmos as we know it is in fact a computer simulation, there must be a cut off in the spectrum of high energy particles.
And it just occurs that there is accurately this kind of cut off in the energy of cosmic rays, a limit named as the Greisen–Zatsepin–Kuzmin (GZK) cut off. This cut off is well-studied and occurs for the reason that high energy particles interacting with the cosmic microwave background lose energy as they travel through extended distances. The scientists determine that the lattice spacing forces other features on the spectrum, most amazingly that the cosmic rays would choose to travel along the axes of the lattice.
Demonstrating this is the situation would be the acid test that the scientists are searching for - a sign that all is not at it seems with the universe.
Originally Posted On: DailyMail.Com
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