April 7, 2020

Answered by: Stephen Wolfram

Are you saying that the universe is a computer?

“Computational”, yes. Our model implies that the universe operates at the lowest level according to definite rules of the kind one could readily program on a computer. But when one says “is a computer” one often means that one imagines that something has been constructed for the purpose of being a computer. All our model does is to say that the operation of the universe can be described computationally, not that the universe was in any way “built to be a computer”.