Our universe is a computer

The digital universe is the theory that the universe is essentially a huge discrete software program.  The implications of such an existence will blow you away.

It already has. Just watch The Matrix.  It underlies popular staples in science fiction like replicators, teleportation, and wormholes.  You can’t reproduce an apple, or a person, or a starship, and have it suddenly appear in your lab or a million light years away unless you can digitize it at a fundamental atomic level

And we’re starting to do exactly that.  3D printing already exists.  Quantum entanglement has been used to instantaneously transmit information hundreds of miles.  Both technologies will continue to grow in the sophistication of replicated products and the amount of information and the distance that it can be exchanged.

One sector where the digital universe doesn’t obviously apply is the quantum realm.  It’s the fabric of space and time that undergirds the material world we know (at least until experimental physics can dive even lower).  At the quantum level particles randomly form and appear in the briefest of instants.  It’s an unknowable place.

Well, maybe not.  The latest research suggests what we know as mysterious quantum particles is a holographic projection of the error correction codes that define them.  These codes are math, i.e. digital. We know they exist.  We’re already using them for quantum computers. They may be the very thing that holds together space-time.  It’s the digital machine code of the universe. 

Ready to be beamed up?

Posted by Marc Freedman in Science, Technology, 0 comments