Trying to understand how the Universe works doesn’t imply studying only the ‘big stuff’ like stars, galaxies, planets, and so on. Going all the way down to the quantum world is also an important part of the process. But the major problem arises that totally different sets of laws govern the two realms.
Reconciling quantum mechanics with Einstein’s General Relativity has been a major challenge for scientists, and they’re still looking to solve the puzzle. But Mr. Vitaly Vanchurin, a physics professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, comes with an interesting proposal.
Is the Universe a neural network?
Vanchurin proposes that we’re all living within a massive neural network that governs the way nature operates. The scientist believes that artificial neural networks are capable of exhibiting approximate behaviors of both quantum mechanics and General Relativity. In other words, everything is connected somehow.
“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,” says the study paper.
“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.”
Although further studies are required to clear all doubts, the truth is that scientists still have a lot more to learn even about the atom itself. This fundamental structure can behave both as a particle and as a wave, and nobody can explain why. After close examinations upon the atom by great minds like Niels Bohr, Paul Dirac, Richard Feynman, Albert Einstein, and more, one of the most staggering conclusions is this: the atom is so rebellious that it cannot be represented in any way.
The new study was presented in a preprint uploaded to arXiv.