A recently published research suggests that the world could end because of an “information catastrophe”, since the rate of production of digital information does not cease to evolve, and there is no sign of stopping. The leading scientist, Melvin Vopson, a professor at the University of Portsmouth in the United Kingdom, has declared that the ever-increasing digital information could result into a dramatic ending to our planet.
According to Vopson, during our journey to knowledge we are changing the planet without even noticing and this results into an “invisible crisis.” In order to make his theory worth considering, Vopson has released las year a theory entitled the mass-energy-information equivalence principle. The theory was inspired by the work of the German-American physicist, Rolf Landauer, who declared that information has a physical nature, which is given by the thermodynamic constraints.
Bulding upon these claims, Vopson soon understood that a digital bit of information was both physical, as Landauer demonstrated, and something with a finite and quantifiable mass in order to store information. Up until now, this theory has not been verified, but Vopson continued on examining a series of hypothetical upcoming consequences of his principles, which turned out to be true.
The abstract concepts that Vopson has examined should be taken with a pinch of salt, given the facts that were taken into consideration do not necessarily correspond to the real world. Up until now there is a wide array of questions and uncertainties, one of which being the mass-energy-information equivalence principle itself.
The good news is that Vopson came up with a theory, which proves to be food for thought for scientists, something that could help the humanity improve its understanding of important questions about the formation and evolution of everything that we are.
Vopson’s findings were reported by AIP Advances.