**In the beginning was the code**

*There is a fastest, optimal, most efficient way of computing all logically possible universes, including ours — if ours is computable (no evidence against this). Any God-like “Great Programmer” with any self-respect should use this optimal method to create and master all logically possible universes.*

*At any given time, most of the universes computed so far that contain yourself will be due to one of the shortest and fastest programs computing you. This insight allows for making non-trivial predictions about the future. We also obtain formal, mathematical answers to age-old questions of philosophy and theology.*

**Is the universe being created by a computer program?**

*Konrad Zuse*

*Calculating Space*discusses how a particular computer, a cellular automaton, might compute all elementary particle interactions, and thus the entire universe.

**The universe as the sum of all mathematics**

*“Calculating space,” a painting by Konrad Zuse*

*short*

*and*

*fast*program that not only computes our own universe, or multiverse, but also all other logically possible universes, even those with different physical laws. For example, universes with anti-gravity.

*fastest*, optimal, most efficient way of computing all logically possible universes, including ours — if ours is computable (no evidence against this).

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*you*! You, as you are sitting here and staring at me with incredulous eyes.

*most*of the universes computed so far that do contain

*yourself*will be due to one of the shortest and fastest programs computing: YOU.

**Predictions**

**Why quantum computing may never scale**

**Computational theology**

*your*own life must be very important in the grand scheme of things.

*your*life (or mine) out of our particular universe: Any program that produces a universe like ours, but without

*you*, is probably much longer and slower (and thus less likely) than the original program that includes you.

*Your*life is

*not*insignificant. It seems to be an

*indispensable*part of the grand scheme of things.[4]

**Footnotes:**

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*A Computable Universe*).

**FAST Algorithm**

for i := 1, 2, . . . do

Run each program p with l(p) ≤ i for at most 2

^{i−l(p)}steps and reset storage modified by p

end for

*a priori*probability distribution on possible universes called the Speed Prior. It reflects the

*fastest*way of describing objects, not necessarily the

*shortest*. (BTW, note that any general search in program space for the solution to a sufficiently complex problem will create many inhabited universes as byproducts.)”

*a priori*probability,” explains Schmidhuber. “Other possible variants of your life are less likely because they are harder to compute, even by the optimal method.”

*The insights mentioned in this talk were first published between 1996 and 2000, and further popularized in the new millennium. Detailed mathematical papers as well as popular high-level summaries can be downloaded from Schmidhuber’s*

*overview site on all computable universes*

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*Master’s Degree in Informatics with a Major in Intelligent Systems*

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*http://www.idsia.ch/~juergen/eu2013.html*

*Dr. Juergen Schmidhuber is Director of the Swiss Artificial Intelligence Lab, Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Lugano, Switzerland, and Professor at The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland**
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