Wait, What?: Scientists Running Tests To Determine If The Universe Is Just A Matrix Style Simulation Program

December 13, 2012


In news I can't quite wrap my head around (although I did manage to get my penis around it twice and and tie it off in a knot), a group of researchers at the University of Washington are running tests to determine if the entire universe is just a massive simulation program running off supercomputers of the future. Wait -- what? I'm afraid if I got high right now my brain would explode. "What brain?" The one inside my skul-- GOOD ONE, JERK.

Currently, computer simulations are decades away from creating even a primitive working model of the universe. In fact, scientists are able to accurately model only a 100 trillionth of a metre, with work to create a model of a full human being still out of reach.

By looking for underlying patterns, physicists believe that it may be possible to work out if we are existing in a computer created universe, created many years in the future. Looking at constraints imposed on simulations by limited resources could show signs that we are mere bit-part players in a Matrix-style film plot.

It will take many years to reach the computational power to give a real glimpse of whether we are living in a simulation, the scientists contend, but even by looking at the tiny portion of the universe that we can currently accurately model, it may be possible to detect 'signatures' of constraints on physical processes that could point to a simulation.

I understand the concept, I just don't understand WHY they're testing for this. Unless -- UNLESS -- if the universe really is a giant simulation program, maybe we can hack it. I want infinite lives and superpowers! "Settle for accidentally corrupting a file and being stuck on a loading screen forever?" Ha, that's like my life in a nutshell already.

Thanks to Hank, who's got a pocketful of quarters and is ready to TRON the shit out of this universe.

  • The system never let them find the flaws ...

  • ZomBBombeR

    Well if we're all just programs filling out the desires for knowledge of a higher power, I say fuck laws, morality, sin, heaven, hell, the earth and the universe around it and we should all descend into anarchy, whats the point? Someone somewhere is viewing all of us on a big computer screen or holo-projection screen of some sort and is simply curious to know what happens, well let's make something happen, throw a wrench in the enginge fuck up the program! If theres an infinite number of universes out there and they all run in parallel to each other then whats to say they aren't all real? but in the event this is all bullshit and a figment of somethings imagination I say fuck it all and revert to my previous sentiment LOL.

  • HeavyMettle

    What is the Matrix?


    The Matrix is a computer-generated dreamworld, designed to keep us under control, in order to turn a human being... into this. *holds up Duracell*

  • and

    Interesting topic, terribly written article

  • Sir alfred

    That wasn't very funny humor.

  • Garrett Spicer

    Wouldn't it be easier to just describe it, assume it does exist and make something that will change something else to proove it instead of making essentially a decrption program?

  • Guest

    If one is high in the matrix, wouldn't that screw up the system...and provide those crazy illusions?

  • PrometheanSky

    I find this both terrifying and awesome. If we are a simulation, what do you want to bet that those creating it have an alert in place for when we figure it out?

  • LittleBigFace

    We just need to find glitches, unless it's run by Bioware, then they'll just say it's a feature.

  • Paul

    Check this out and look at the arguments section if you really want to freak yourself out, but remember it doesnt make your reality less real so chill! http://en.wikipedia.org/wik...

  • Paul

    you ever looked at something and started to noticed more detail the more you stared at it, That shit is buffering in!!!!

  • This is my university! Yeah boy!

  • Spleenal

    The odds are against this being the "real" world.
    Any reality capable of running such a simulation wouldn't just run one. If a simulation is learn something about the past or human nature or study cause and effect you'd have to run several to view the reactions to different events. There would be several simulations of this time and several of the 80's the 60's the 40's and so on.
    If we're one reality of hundreds the odds that ours is the real one are small.

    We could also be a simulation inside a simulation.

  • Mainarynox

    Heres a video that introduces and explains this whole simulation idea pretty well if anyone is interested in watching. http://www.youtube.com/watc...

  • William Henry

    what if we create a simulation within a simulation, and in that simulation another simulation was created, and so on and so on... we could already be a simulation in another simulations universe.

  • GreyGanado

    At some point you'd run out of computing power.

  • They have done multiple checks to see if we are a simulation or hologram. This one is just the latest.

  • The Mayans were trying to tell us that there is scheduled server maintenance and a system reboot on the 21st.

  • carrion

    You just know that when we finally reach the computational power to fully realize this, the only answer we're gonna get is 42.

  • Hey I know you!! lol You're still coming over for New Year's right?

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