An article on developing a model of the Universe based on the idea that information is the real fundamental substance of the Universe.
This is part five of the Information Universe series. See the link for part one.
Once the conclusion is drawn that information is the real fundamental substance of the Universe the next step is developing that idea into an actual model of the Universe. The challenge of this task is much like trying figure out the code behind a computer program without even knowing the programming language it is written in. Fortunately it is not necessary to discover actual code of the original programming language but simply just the logic that produces the results of the program. The same thing goes for an information based universe in that we do not need to figure out the exact language and code in which the information of the universe is encoded and processed. At its core developing an actual information Universe model is basically a search for the logic of the processing of the information of the universe.
This makes developing such a model a vary top down process that starts with what we already know and then try to find the underlying logic of what going on. This is actually a common way of doing science. It is vary rear that one can start with starting assumptions and get an accurate model. However once a basic understanding of that underlying logic is found then using a bottom up approach can help you find out if you are on the right track so finding that starting place is important.
The best possible starting point is clearly basic concepts of space and time however since they are ultimately a coordinate system this step is just a matter of modeling the space – time coordinate system around the minimum units of space time which are already seen as Planck length and Planck time. Beyond this particle physics and specifically modeling the behavior of individual fundamental particles and then their interactions needs to be next. This needs to start with a generic fundamental particle and then build on that to from each known fundamental particle and maybe check the possibility of as yet undiscovered particles. From there compound particles can be modeled leading to the modeling of atoms and molecules.
One key to testing specific models will be when they produce results consistent with observations that were not preprogrammed into the model. This would mean that the model is accurate enough that programming the model for one interaction produces others interaction just by changing the starting conditions.
The goal here is not to just produce an abstract mathematical model but to reproduce the actual logic of the universe’s information processing system. While this is a vary lofty goal and probably beyond the ability of one person, having discovered that the universe is information processing system, discovering the logic that makes it work naturally becomes the ultimate goal and ultimately the best way to test the information universe concept.
Developing a specific information Universe model likely to be a long process but it is an important step to take the Information Universe concept from being simply a conclusion of the strangest experiments in physics to being a full fledge theory of reality.