Silas Beane and his team of researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany heard about Oxford Professor Nick Bostrom’s 2003 theory that we may be living in a computer-simulated world similar to the hit sci-fi movie ‘The Matrix,’ they decided to check that theory and see if they could find the theoretical “red pill” that would wake us up.
All we have to do to identify what these constraints would be is to build our own simulation of the universe, which is close to what many researchers are trying to do on an incredibly miniscule scale.
So, computer simulations have been run to recreate quantum chromodynamics – the theory that describes the nuclear forced that binds quarks and gluons into protons and neutrons, which then bind to form atomic nuclei.
Professor Silas Beane, a theoretical physicist at the University of Bonn in Germany, said that his group of scientists have developed a way to test the ‘simulation hypothesis’.
According to The FW, the scientists are also including a simulation of QCD, or Quantum Chromodynamics, which is the fundamental force in nature that brings about the strong nuclear forces in protons and neutrons, as well as their nuclei and the nuclei’s interactions.
By using a simulation of QCD, they hope to isolate the signature of the red pill. The researchers have also mimicked the space-time continuum by computing window-like lattices, which are bringing about new and fascinating insights about matter itself.
It is believed that simulating physics on this fundamental level is more or less equivalent to simulating the workings of the universe itself.
It is known, that this idea has been debated by the greats of philosphy, from Plato to Descartes, who claimed that the world we see around us could be generated by an ‘evil demon’.
The successful film the Matrix also helped spawn the idea that what we think is our everyday life is in fact a simulation generated by an all-powerful computer.
But now more than two thousand years since Plato’s suggestion that our senses only give us a poor reflection of objective reality, experts believe they have cracked the riddle. They will be able to prove their theory.
As The Telegraph reports, the test would see scientists using mathetical models known as the lattice QCD approach in an attempt to recreate – on a theoretical level – a simulated reality.
Lattice QCD is a complex approach that looks at how particles which are known as quarks and gluons relate in three dimensions.
Professor Bean claimed: “We consider ourselves on some level universe simulators because we calculate the interactions of particles by basically replacing space and time by a grid and putting it in a box.”
Dr Peter Millican of Hertford College, Oxford told the programme. There are two main issues. One is whether the speculation even makes sense. And the other is supposing it makes sense whether there is any good reason to think it is probable.
The other problem is evidence. It seems that the evidence which is looked for is not so convincing.
According to professor Silas Beane, if the universe as we know it is actually a computer simulation, there ought to be a cut off in the spectrum of high energy particles. And it happens that there is exactly this kind of cut off in the energy of cosmic rays, a limit known as the Greisen–Zatsepin–Kuzmin (GZK) cut off.
Moreover, the effect is only measurable. If the lattice cutoff is the same as the GZK cutoff, any smaller than that and the observations will draw a blank.