A physicist named Hong Quin, who works at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), has just developed a computer algorithm that contradicts the laws of physics.
The physicist developed this algorithm to predict planetary orbits in the solar system. For this purpose, the scientist instilled the data of the orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres and Jupiter into the algorithm. It should be noted that Hong Quin’s invention involves machine learning. It’s an AI process that enables the machine to automatically update its knowledge based on its own experience.
From the data it was given, the algorithm was able to correctly predict other planetary orbits in the solar system, including parabolic and hyperbolic orbits. Most surprisingly, however, the algorithm never learned Newton’s laws of motion or universal gravity. According to Big Think, he even seems to have understood it himself.
The algorithm was not trained in the laws of physics
To explain how amazing the capabilities of this algorithm are, Qin stated in a statement that in principle in physics observations come first, then a theory is made from those observations, and finally that theory is used to predict new sightings.
However, this was not the case with the Qin algorithm. The researcher replaced the process “with a kind of black box that can provide accurate predictions without the use of traditional theory or laws.” In other words, the scientist went from data to data without considering any law of physics.
Works inspired by the research of the Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom. Image Credit: Shutterstock / Pinkeyes
However, this Qin algorithm raises much more specific questions. Apparently, the scientist was inspired by the work of the Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom, who claimed that the world could be an artificial simulation. Qin therefore believes that he has produced evidence that can support this theory of the philosopher through his algorithm.
Is there an algorithm running in the universe?
In an email to Big Think, the scientist asked, “What is the algorithm that runs on the computer of the universe?” “According to him, such an algorithm, if it exists, should be simply defined in a discrete space-time network. The scientist adds that” the complexity and richness of the universe depend on the enormous amount of memory and the power of the processor of the computer, but the algorithm itself could be simple “.
In any case, Qin and his colleague Eric Palmerduca are now planning to use the algorithm to predict and control certain behaviors, such as: B. Plasma particles in facilities built to harvest the fusion energy that powers the sun and stars. The scientist also plans to use his algorithm to study quantum physics.
Even if the algorithm succeeds in predicting natural events from data, this does not mean that we will one day be able to simulate existence. But from Qin’s point of view, we will be by far the generation that could perform like this.
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