‘Crazy Enough to Be True?’: Scientist Suggests Our Universe Can be One Giant Neural Network

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Neural networks inspired by our biological world are now widely used by businesses and analysts. But could it be that our universe is in fact one giant neural network?

A Russian scientist from the University of Minnesota has made a bold claim by saying that on its “most fundamental level” our universe could just be one huge neural network.

“The idea is definitely crazy, but if it is crazy enough to be true? That remains to be seen,” Vitaly Vanchurin, who made the eye-popping claim, told the Futurism portal.

In a paper published in August through arXiv, the Minnesota-based scientist first suggested that the world works through neural networks. Even though the proposal may resemble “the theory of everything,” he claims it’s actually not that easy to refute it.

“It is a very difficult task manly because we know so little about how the neural networks behave and how the machine learning actually works,” the researcher maintains.

His study attempts to find common ground between two competing theories of quantum mechanics and general relativity. Vanchurin believes that his proposal of artificial neural networks governing our world can actually “exhibit approximate behaviours” of two paradigms.

Futurism approached various physicists and neural network experts to talk about the scientist’s conclusions – they are, however, skeptical about his work and declined to comment.

Sourse: sputniknews.com

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