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Is The Universe Just A Huge Neural Network?

Physics professor Vitaly Vanchurin attempted to change our perspective about the reality we’re living in. In a study uploaded to arXiv this summer, Vanchurin suggested that we’re living inside a neural network that governs everything around us. According to the professor, artificial neural networks can “exhibit approximate behaviors” of quantum mechanics and general relativity, a feat that physicists that have been trying to  reconcile for years, as Futurism details: 

Since quantum mechanics “is a remarkably successful paradigm for modeling physical phenomena on a wide range of scales,” he writes, “it is widely believed that  on the most fundamental level the entire universe is governed by the rules of quantum mechanics and even gravity should somehow emerge from it.”
“We are not just saying that the artificial neural networks can be useful for analyzing physical systems or for discovering physical laws, we are saying that this is how the world around us actually works,” reads the paper’s discussion. “With this respect it could be considered as a proposal for the theory of everything, and as such it should be easy to prove it wrong.”

Image via Futurism 


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