Is the world just a computer simulation?

According to Beane and co we can sleep soundly. The article is a bit geeky but interesting. If you want to go over the top check out the original article: Constraints on the Universe as a Numerical Sumulation

Constraints on the Universe as a Numerical Simulation

Silas R. BeaneZohreh DavoudiMartin J. Savage

Observable consequences of the hypothesis that the observed universe is a numerical simulation performed on a cubic space-time lattice or grid are explored. The simulation scenario is first motivated by extrapolating current trends in computational resource requirements for lattice QCD into the future. Using the historical development of lattice gauge theory technology as a guide, we assume that our universe is an early numerical simulation with unimproved Wilson fermion discretization and investigate potentially-observable consequences. Among the observables that are considered are the muon g-2 and the current differences between determinations of alpha, but the most stringent bound on the inverse lattice spacing of the universe, b^(-1) >~ 10^(11) GeV, is derived from the high-energy cut off of the cosmic ray spectrum. The numerical simulation scenario could reveal itself in the distributions of the highest energy cosmic rays exhibiting a degree of rotational symmetry breaking that reflects the structure of the underlying lattice.

Comments:14 pages, 3 figuresSubjects:High Energy Physics - Phenomenology (hep-ph); High Energy Astrophysical Phenomena (astro-ph.HE); High Energy Physics - Lattice (hep-lat); High Energy Physics - Theory (hep-th); Quantum Physics (quant-ph)Report number:NT@UW-12-14; INT-PUB-12-046Cite as:arXiv:1210.1847 [hep-ph] (or arXiv:1210.1847v1 [hep-ph] for this version)