I have recently been reading about a theory called ‘The Simulation Hypothesis’. In essence, it is the idea that our reality is actually based on a giant simulation and that none of this is real.
Let me tell you this, if I were to punch myself in the mouth right now, I would damn well feel it. But that got me thinking… Could it possibly be true?
Looking back into the progression of technology and the improvements that mankind has achieved in such short time, it can arguably be said that it is possible. Elon Musk, the famed founder of SpaceX and Tesla, stated during an interview that:
The strongest argument for us being in a simulation, probably being in a simulation, is the following: 40 years ago, we had Pong, two rectangles and a dot…That is what games were. Now, 40 years later, we have photorealistic 3D simulations with millions of people playing simultaneously, and it’s getting better every year. And soon we’ll have virtual reality, augmented reality. If you assume any rate of improvement at all, the games will become indistinguishable from reality.
If you truly consider this statement, you would understand that mankind has advanced so far in the world of technology that we could, theoretically, create our own simulated universes. Now, all we need to do is figure out how to power this concept forever and not die. Essentially from then on, everyone could be living in a simulation.
But hold on one second, recently, there has been a report published by theoretical physicists from Oxford University ( oh you know they are some big wig smart guys), that suggest that the idea of a simulated reality cannot possibly be true.
The physicists Zohar Ringel and Dmitry Kovrizhi have shown that constructing a computer simulation of a particular quantum phenomenon that occurs in metals is impossible. They set out to see whether it was possible to use a technique known as quantum Monte Carlo to study the quantum Hall effect (I’ve probably lost you here)
By using the quantum Monte Carlo to exhibit the anomalies, Ringel and Kovrizhi discovered that every model eventually could not be done. Simply because the amount of computational power would be impossible to scale.
The researchers calculated that just storing information about a couple of hundred electrons would require a computer memory that would physically require more atoms than that which exist in the universe. That is only a couple hundred electrons… Just imagine the amount of power needed to power our reality as a whole.
But even so, anything is possible. We have no idea the amount of power the future can bring and if humans can progress so quickly in such a short amount of time, are there truly any limitations to how far we can go? I personally doubt it.