Physicists are testing the theory that our universe is actually a computer simulation.
Just like in the filmThe Matrix, scientists want to determine if the universe is a complex computer simulation and we are all parts of its code. Back in 2003 Nick Bostrom, a University of Oxford philosophy professor outright proclaims
“We are are living in a computer simulation.”
Now, scientists at The University of Washington say that although there are limitations; we do have super computers that can test the theory.
The super computers are using a technique called lattice quantum chromodynamics which uses basic fundamental physical laws that govern our universe. The computer simulation can simulate a very small aspect of our universe, about the size of a nucleus of an atom. But, that small model uses the same principles in creating simulations on a larger scale. Eventually, super computer simulations will be able to compute more powerful simulations on a larger scale from molecules to cells and even humans. In a few decades, computers will be able to simulate large chunks of the universe that would prove we are living in a computer model.
Mark Savage a professor at The University of Washington said,
“If you make the simulations big enough, something like our universe should emerge.”
Savage added then they would just have to look for the signature of our universe. If energy signatures in the simulation match the ones in the universe than there is a good chance we live in a computer simulation. So what does that mean if it is true? Zohreh Davoudi, a graduate student at The University of Washington, said that if our universe is a computer simulation than whoever is running it could create other simulations creating parallel universes.