Yet another year zooms past as we tip-toe precariously into 2018, in nervous anticipation of what the year bears and what surprises might be awaiting us. At this time of year, it becomes customary to look back and reflect on the year gone by; the good and bad experiences, the people that have had an influence on your life, the skills and knowledge gained, the goals achieved or narrowly missed. No matter where you stand and what you may be feeling, have comfort in knowing that we have all arrived here together, as fellow humans of the this little blue planet. I think it’s safe to say that we are all just as confused about this whole life thing as the next person. Here at the Nexus we hope that through our weekly scientific posts we are contributing our part to help understand this odd universe we live in just that tiny bit better.
It’s Christmas, and you know what that means – gifts for everyone! My gift to all of you will be… the gift of knowledge!
Take a brief trip down through the archives of the Nexus, back to the times when we first ventured on our mighty quest, and you will stumble across a few posts covering the idea of artificial intelligence. In particular, these were in reference to the AlphaGo program that, at the time, had become known and relevant through beating the Go world champion, Lee Sedol. Although little for popular consumption has surfaced since then, today I am happy to announce that I am setting the AI ball rolling back into action, with recent news concerning the arrival of an even more adept sibling…
You’re friends with someone (let’s call him Mr Smith) who has two children. You know that the older child is a girl. What’s the probability of the younger child also being a girl?
The Sun – you might think we’d know quite a lot about this thing already, given how important it is for the sustaining of life on Earth, and well… given just how noticeable it is in the sky. All throughout history, the Sun has represented a cornerstone in mythology, worshipped (and rightly so) by many civilisations. Over the past two weeks we’ve started to scrape away at the surface of what there is to understand about the Sun, but the simple truth is that, despite our everlasting efforts, there’s so much more yet to uncover about this mystical being.