Get Ready for Manhattanhenge

Manhattanhenge is always pretty awe-inspiring event that happens twice a year in New York City. It involves the alignment of the setting sun with the east-west streets of Manhattan’s main grid. Twice a year crowds fill the East-West to see the fiery orb of the setting sun hovering between the skyscrapers, sunlight casting long shadows across the streets, and bathing the city in a golden glow. It was the Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson who coined the name “Manhattanhenge” in reference to Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument in England known for its solar alignments. The sunsets typically occur around Late May/Early June,…

Northern Lights in the UK could be a bad sign

With the Sun going through its eleven year cycle and reaching its Solar Peak, more Coronal Mass Ejections are occuring. We here in the UK might have had the pleasure of seeing the Northern Lights softly ripple across the skies. But these lights can also be a worrying reminder that we need to be prepared for more harmful consequences.The risk of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) affecting satellites and land-based systems on Earth is significantly higher during a Solar Peak period. Here’s why: Here’s what you can do to prepare:

Intelligence as an Emergent Property 2

We can only consider the possibility of biological neural structures as an emergent property based on what we currently know. Perhaps there are underlying forces or laws we are not aware of. Like for example, the discovery of quarks, the Higgs field and dark matter and dark energy. Neural structures may be an emergent property of unknown laws. Our current understanding of biology might not be the whole picture. The discovery of fundamental particles like quarks and the existence of dark matter/energy highlights how much we still have to learn about the universe’s underlying laws.As yet unknown, physical or biological…

Consciousness, Entropy and Negentropy

The tendency for order to arise in all aspects of biological and material existence (Terran and cosmological) that lead to possible life and intelligence might be a potential indication of a fundamental property Just as there is a fundamental law of Entropy, that, at the other end, there is a complimentary and opposite law of Negentropy that has emotions and/or consciousness as one of its emergent consequences? In nature, there may be a cyclical balance where both processes co-occur. On the one hand, there is the law of Entropy, but there is also a parallel law of Negentropy happening simultaneously.…

Intelligence as an Emergent Property 1

Intelligence as an Emergent Property.The fact that complex emotions are observed in various species beyond humans lends credence to the theory of emotions as emergent properties.Emergent properties arise from the complex interaction of simpler components. The whole system exhibits characteristics that none of the individual parts possess.In the context of emotions, our complex neural networks, with interacting brain regions, hormones, and physiological responses, give rise to the experience of emotions.Observing emotions in other mammals with similar complex neural structures strengthens the argument for emergent properties. It implies that a certain level of neural complexity is necessary for emotions to arise,…

Some Types of Dialogues Large Language models Like Gemini Find Challenging

According to Gemini: Here are some examples:

Latest on Dark Matter

Our current understanding suggests dark matter should be fairly uniform throughout the universe. However, there are some interesting ideas scientists are exploring to explain potential variations: It’s important to note that these are all areas of active research, and there isn’t yet definitive evidence for any variations in dark matter properties. However, future observations and experiments might shed light on whether dark matter is truly uniform or if there are some intriguing galactic variations.

Dark Matter Discussion with Gemini

Cloudtales: Is there a pattern to the distribution of galaxies where the effects of dark matter have been seen? Gemini: Yes, there is a strong correlation between the distribution of galaxies and the inferred presence of dark matter. Here’s how: These observations suggest a pattern:Dark matter is more concentrated in the central regions of galaxies compared to the distribution of visible matter. It’s important to remember that dark matter is invisible by definition, so these patterns are based on indirect methods. However, the consistency of the evidence across different techniques strongly suggests a link between dark matter distribution and galaxy…

Computers you could buy in 1979

UFO/UAP Sightings in Scotland November/December 1979

November and December 1979 saw several other reports of UFO sightings in Scotland. These included sightings of objects described as being cigar-shaped, disc-shaped, and triangular. Some of these sightings were reported by multiple witnesses, and some were even witnessed by police officers. The high number of UFO sightings in Scotland in 1979 led to speculation that there might be something unusual going on in the country at that time. Some of the other UFO sightings reported in Scotland in November and December 1979 included:

Why humans can’t trust AI: You don’t know how it works, what it’s going to do or whether it’ll serve your interests

Why humans can’t trust AI: You don’t know how it works, what it’s going to do or whether it’ll serve your interests Do you trust AI systems, like this driverless taxi, to behave the way you expect them to? AP Photo/Terry Chea Mark Bailey, National Intelligence University There are alien minds among us. Not the little green men of science fiction, but the alien minds that power the facial recognition in your smartphone, determine your creditworthiness and write poetry and computer code. These alien minds are artificial intelligence systems, the ghost in the machine that you encounter daily. But AI systems…

Alice Bertha Clayden

Alice was the first woman to hold a senior rank in the police force, and paved the way for other women to join the detective branch. Alice was born in 1885 in Grantham, Lincolnshire, the daughter of a police inspector. Alice first worked as a teacher and a social worker. She joined the Women’s Police Service (WPS), a civilian organization that assisted the police, in 1915. In 1919, the Metropolitan Police began to recruit women as police officers, and Alice was one of the first women to join the force. She was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), and…