Scientist Proves Simulation Theory from ‘The Matrix’ is Correct
If you had an existential crisis after watching The Matrix, you may have been on to something. Just as Keanu Reeves’ Neo discovered that his life was just an algorithmic construct, scientists and philosophers are arguing that we could be stuck inside a simulation ourselves. In a recently published research article, physicist Melvin Vopson of the University of Portsmouth offered scientific evidence for a philosophical theory called the simulation hypothesis. Meaning that, in a nutshell, the entire universe and our objective reality all occur within a super-advanced virtual reality simulation.
Vopson also points out that recent developments in information physics “appear to support this possibility.” Information physics suggests that physical reality is made up of bits of information. He is working to prove that information has a physical mass and is a fundamental building block of the universe. He even claims that information could be the mysterious dark matter that makes up almost a third of the universe.
How Are We Living In A Simulation?
In previous research, the physicist proposed that all elementary particles store information about themselves, like DNA in humans. Last year, he discovered a new law of physics named the “second law of infodynamics.” This law states that entropy (the degree of randomness or disorder) within an isolated information system remains constant or decreases over time. That implies there is some kind of mechanism controlling it. He found that nature prefers things to be as well-ordered as possible. When excess information is removed, it resembles the process of “a computer deleting or compressing waste code to save storage space and optimize power consumption.” As a result, this “supports the idea that we’re living in a simulation.”
Vopson even launched a crowdfunding campaign to test an experiment to prove his theory. “If information is a key component of everything in the universe, it would make sense that a vast computer somewhere is in control,” he stated. Assuming the universe is a simulation, it must contain “a lot of information bits hidden everywhere around us.” He theorizes that the information in an elementary particle could be detected and measured by deleting the information from the particles and looking at what is left. Vopson said the experiment is “highly achievable with our existing tools.” The crowdfunder closed with a little over $7,000 raised. Despite not reaching its proposed $225,319 target, Vopson still hopes to carry out the ambitious test to confirm the “fifth state of matter in the universe.”