The Universe May Be an Information Network

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Information is a funny thing.

John Archibald Wheeler, an information theorist, said it best.
[...] it is not unreasonable to imagine that information sits at the core of physics, just as it sits at the core of a computer. (John Archibald Wheeler 1998: 340)

A Universe That is Built On Bits


The video above demonstrates a semantic information network of phrases being visualized in a utility named Gephi. 

The video does not just show a semantic network, it shows something possibly far more profound. It is a model of a thermodynamical system moving towards equilibrium. The unstable particles at the center of the mass are hot, and the stable molecules surrounding them are cold.

It seems to be that the core of the body of particles are generating heat and propagating it throughout the system. Entropy versus negative entropy.

This is not a brain. Instead, this could be the beginnings of a whole new universe that is built on bits.

The network was created from a learning algorithm that generates a semantic mapping of bits. The bits represent phrases and compounded patterns of the human knowledge sourced directly from Wikipedia.

The sum of all human knowledge in the universe may very well be the universe.

Below is an image of that same network, labeled in color coded clusters.

The PDF format of this network can be downloaded here:

This discovery was a joint effort between David W. Locke and I, as we collaborated in our research towards a better understanding of the nature of intelligent networks and discontinuous innovation. 

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A special mention goes out to James Gleick for providing inspiration through many late nights. His books were an essential part of deriving a mathematical and computational proof that combined the collective contributions of Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing, and Claude E. Shannon.