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Do we live in a massive computer simulation? Scientists seek answer

By Samantha Kimmey
Sunday, December 16, 2012 18:47 EDT
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A physics professor at the University of Washington says he believes he and other scientists have devised a way of investigating whether we all live in a massive computer simulation, reported the Seattle Times.

The question of whether we actually live in a simulated world was put forth by a philosophy professor at the University of Oxford in 2003, although he later said there was likely no way to know either way.

Martin Savage now claims we may be able to know for sure whether that theory is correct, a pursuit he undertook after a conversation with his colleagues piqued his interest. “This is certainly a different scenario for how our universe works — but nonetheless, it’s quite plausible,” he told the paper.

The process could work by identifying a “signature,” or some pattern, of “resource constraints” that happen in small computer simulations. In other words, the theory goes, because there must be constraints on a simulation due to finite resources, scientists should theoretically be able to locate something amiss — such as cosmic rays failing to travel as they should.

However, the test wouldn’t be conclusive, rather simply “a beginning” to “stimulate further work,” he told the paper.

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