I am curious what efforts have been made to date to define virtual computer worlds based on the physics we know in the real world?
I think it would be awesome to say start off with an atom defining a class atom with characteristics atomic number, weight, etc. then model how these atoms interact and try to build up Helium, Hydrogen, Oxygen, etc. Tie this into a computer graphics engine and voila. ; ) I know this is major over simplification and you could go down to quarks or something else but you get the idea. I am curious about exploring discussion about what the bottlenecks are here.
Maybe modeling the interactions between virtual atoms is impossible (too large a number to compute on today's hardware). Maybe quantum computing has advantages here? Maybe there are efforts out there to model interacts between larger molecular constructs then... or even an abstraction the size of a human cell? Would be interesting to discuss what is theoretically possible here.
What got me thinking about this was in the context of Artificial Intelligence. If you could take a snapshot of the physical world and load it into this hypothetical model... what would that mean, i.e. a brain of sorts?