REYES added Session on March 30th
A new session has been added to the REYES Calendar
Date: March 30, 2021
Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT (19:00 - 20:00 UTC)
Title: Toward Simulating Laws of Nature...and its Implications for a Simulated Universe!
Information on Session: The complexities of the visible Universe, from stars and galaxies, down to biological organisms and molecules and atoms, arise from a few fundamental laws -- laws that mostly have a quantum-mechanical and relativistic theoretical description. Can one set out these physical laws in a numerical simulation and build out the entire universe given enough computing power? Remarkably, scientists are making exciting progress in achieving this goal, although only small patches of matter have been yet simulated on our largest supercomputers. Quantum computation or other revolutionary advances in computing may expedite the progress in the coming decades and open new perspectives. I will highlight some of these activities and the characteristics of such first-principle simulations of nature. Moreover, I will also take a more dramatic step to argue this progress might be in favor of the Simulation Hypothesis - the notion that the Universe itself is a numerical simulation! As physicists, we are interested to know how to test this hypothesis in our experiments and look for potential signatures, and I will point out a few ideas that are being proposed.
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