An AI May Have Just Invented "Alternative" Physics

An AI shown videos of physical phenomena and instructed to identify the variables involved produced answers different from our own. Our physics is based on variables, such as acceleration and mass. Some of these can be reduced to more fundamental variables, like distance and time. If there is another way to quantify the workings of the universe, we haven't yet grasped it. However, the variables we are familiar with may not be the only ones, as Columbia roboticists just found out. Dr Boyuan Chen and co-authors trained an artificial intelligence (AI) system to count the number of variables needed to describe physical systems and predict developments. The results have been reported in Nature Computational Science, but this is just the beginning, as we are only starting to understand the variables the computers deduced. Read Complete post here (source) :