A team of theoretical physicists working with Microsoft today published an amazing pre-print research paper describing the universe as a self-learning system of evolutionary laws.
According to the interpretation of this paper, either the universe would exist or not. Its existence tells us how it worked out. It was a lawful contrivance that caused it to happen. This set the stage for what was to follow.
This paper proposes that the laws governing our universe are an evolutionary learning system. The universe is a computer. It does not exist in a stable state but rather it continues to evolve through a set of laws.
That’s the hard part. Researchers use machine learning systems to explain how the universe can be seen as a learning system. The laws of the universe can be taught to machines to perform unfolding functions in time. This is similar to how we can teach machines to learn.
The universe may not have started with a Big Bang but rather through simple interactions between particles. Researchers alluded to this humble origin by saying that information architectures often amplify the causal powers of small collections of particles.
The universe works according to a set law system that is autodidactic (self learning) and capable of changing over time. It could prove impossible for humans ever to unify physics.
This paper shows that the rules that govern concepts like relativity could have had different functional consequences 13.8 billion years ago than they will in 100 trillion years. This means that “physics” is an evolving target.
Estelia is a financial analyst who has been covering the finance industry since 2018. Prior to her career in journalism, Estelia was a security analyst and a copywriter at AS Technology.