The “Big Bang” created our universe. But how do you explain the universe which is created through a program? That is exactly what the makers of No Man’s Sky have been trying to produce and Sean Murray seems pretty engaged with his work.
As per the Atlantic, programmers in London are trying to generate a “digital cosmos”. Through “science of procedural generation, they are making a program that allows a universe to create itself,” notes the source. They are accounting for every particle in universe,starting from the length of a grass to numbered rain drops.
What they are trying to is “traverse a galaxy of 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 unique planets.” That is, needless to say, quite exceptional.
“The physics of every other game—it’s faked,” the chief architect Sean Murray explained. “When you’re on a planet, you’re surrounded by a skybox—a cube that someone has painted stars or clouds onto. If there is a day to night cycle, it happens because they are slowly transitioning between a series of different boxes.”
The creator, Murray, explains that it will be hard for the earthly physicists to find a “unified mathematical framework” to account for “No Man’s Sky”. But the programmers have indeed managed to create “the laws of nature for an entire cosmos”. They have worked out the laws in 600,000 lines.
The programmers help us explain how the universe begins with a single input, “an arbitrary numerical seed.” The source quotes, “That number is mathematically mutated into more seeds by a cascading series of algorithms—a computerised pseudo-randomness generator.”
But off course the numbers are too complex for normal humans to understand as “seeds” determine the characteristics of each element in the universe.
“There’s so much you can do. You can break the speed of light—no problem. It’s our universe, so we get to be Gods in a sense,” Murray chuckles.
When you are mad about something this complex, makers are bound to detach from reality.
“When I go out in nature, I don’t even see terrain anymore,” the programmer laughed. “All I see are mathematical functions and graphs. I’ll pick up a stone and begin thinking about the shape of it. What formula could have given you that?”