What If Our Universe Is No More Than A Computer Algorithm? Microsoft Researchers Think So

Even with all the knowledge of the universe current scientists have, theoretical physicists always discover their ways to new explanations about our existence and the evolution of the universe. Over the past decade and more, we have seen innumerous theories that the universe is some kind of algorithm.


Suppose we’re just a huge Sims game. Each hero has his own path, his own development, for each of them his own business has long been invented. Absolutely everyone must go through their own levels, collect their coins, fight with their hero, overgrow in this connection with super protection, get their own “weapon”, build their own algorithm for passing the prescribed path.


Now imagine that the entire universe is an algorithm but more modern or advanced. An algorithm that never stops learning and evolving. In other words, the laws we are being taught do not really exist. They are there but they are not a constant. The universe continuously improves and changes this series of laws. This was recently suggested by a team of theoretical physicists working with Microsoft.


If scientists were to ever find evidence of this humble origin, it would mean that we will never truly understand physics. It would mean that the laws of physics are evolving as the algorithm of the universe learns. Then, the laws we know today would have been completely different billions of years ago as they would be different in another billion years.


Unfortunately, there are not many ways to learn the processes that occurred in the past. Maybe aliens will have better answers? Jokes aside, the Microsoft researchers apparently are dedicated to continuing their studies in this direction. As they explain it, this is only the beginning of a long series of studies that will or will not lead to a real theory about the universe being a self-taught algorithm.


Their 80-page pre-print paper is available here and you can read about their work in detail. Undoubtedly, many of their arguments sound absolutely believable, and yet, there is a lot more work that needs to be done before we can accept such a groundbreaking alternative evolution.



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