The idea that we could be living inside of a computer simulation is definitely a creepy one.
But when a scientist like presidential science adviser Dr. Sylvester James Gates endorses the “we’re living in the matrix” theory, it’s time to start taking the concept seriously.
Gates is a member of President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology. On February 1, 2013 he won the National Medal of Science award. He’s also a physics professor at the University of Maryland.
In 2012, Gates he had this to say about the nature of reality.
“We might have something in common with the Matrix science-fiction films, which depict a world where everything human being’s experience is the product of a virtual-reality-generating computer network.”
That was several years ago– old news, really. In more recent years, even more noted scientists have been jumping on the matrix bandwagon.
In April of 2015, yet another piece of new evidence came out that suggests that reality isn’t as real as we assume that it is.
A new experiment suggests that the universe is a hologram.
In terms of mathematics, a third dimension isn’t necessary anymore. The universe could be 2D– like the information contained on a DVD or CD.
Scientists have been playing around with the idea that the third dimension could actually be an illusion for quite some time. Back in 1997, physicist Juan Maldacena was the first one to introduce the concept.
Now, additional evidence from the Technology University of Vienna suggests that the flat universe theory could really be true. Daniel Grumiller and his team have managed to show that quantum entanglement is compatible with a 2D quantum field theory.
“That we are now able to use this as a tool to test the validity of the holographic principle, and that this test works out, is quite remarkable.”
If the universe is flat and only appears to be three dimensional, Stephen Hawking’s famous information paradox is no longer a problem. The information paradox refers to how black holes seem to swallow information.
The math surrounding the black hole problem begins to make sense if we start from the assumption that we are living in a 2D universe that only appears to be three dimensional.
A 2D world is much easier to simulate compared to a 3D world, so these findings match up with the idea that the entire universe is in fact a computer generated simulation.
Click next to learn another reason why we may be living in the matrix.
The laws of physics contain computer code
The creepy bit of science that convinced Obama’s science adviser that we could be living in the matrix has to do with the laws of physics.
If the theory that everything is computer generated is true, then we should be able to find unexplained patterns in the laws that define our universe.
In 2012, scientists were shocked to discover code embedded in super symmetry equations that explain the behavior of fundamental particles.
The code that was found resembles error correcting codes (ECCs) commonly found in computer transmissions. When computers send information over a telephone line, the add in ECC codes. When the messages are received by other computers, they use the ECC code to find out if the message is intact or not.
Is the universe pixelated? Click next to find out.
What if the universe is pixelated?
Another test to see if we’re living inside a computer would be to see if the particles that make up atoms act like pixels on a computer or TV screen.
When you look at a screen from far away, the images that appear look normal. But when you zoom in closer, you can see the tiny multicolored pixels that form the images.
Using a new scientific instrument called a Holometer, Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics Director Craig Hogan is currently trying to zoom in on submicroscopic particles. Hogan has a prediction for what how the particles will behave if they are holographic.
“The basic effect is that reality has a limited amount of information, like a Netflix movie when Comcast is not giving you enough bandwidth. So things are a little blurry and jittery. Nothing ever just stands still, but is always moving a tiny bit.”
Results of the study should be out by the end of 2016. If the universe tests positive for pixelation, even more scientists will begin to believe that we’re living in a computer.
Another way to test the simulation theory is to see if the computer that runs the universe ever lags. Click next to find out how scientists are planning to put the universe’s graphics card to the test.
The universe may be laggy
Still another way to see if the universe is computer generated is to pump it so full of information that it begins to lag.
Researcher Silas Beane at the University of Bonn in Germany say that cosmic ray particles can be used to see how “fast” the universe will go.
The Greisen–Zatsepin–Kuzmin cut off point (GZK cut off, for short) describes how cosmic ray particles sometimes form a lattice pattern. This lattice pattern formation suggests that the universe itself is struggling to keep up with the amount of information present in the cosmic rays.
Further research will reveal if the GZK cut off lattice pattern is just a coincidence or real evidence that we are computer programs living in a giant machine.