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Starry, Starry Night: Watch Geminid Meteor Shower's Crazy Celestial Show



HUNTSVILLE- Every year around this time in December the real Christmas lights, aka the Geminid meteors, come out to light up the night sky. The BBC explains that the celestial shower occurs as the Earth passes through the path of an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon that leaves the burning debris for us earthlings to marvel at.

Star gazers were out late to watch last night as the shower peaked at around 2 a.m. Those in the southern hemisphere didn't miss out as NASA is live streaming the event from its Marshall Space Flight Centre in Huntsville, Alabama each night during the shower.

According to the Christian Post, the Geminids meteor shower was first recorded as being seen during the 1830s, making it one of the relatively newest showers. At that time about 20 meteors per hour were seen, however, that has increased significantly over recent times and the Geminids are expected to reveal as many as 80 to 120 meteors per hour at its peak.

This year, the shower co-incided with a new moon phase, allowing for ample darkness and maximum viewing says the Latin Times and possibly, the best shower yet. And another coincidence: the last Apollo mission landed back on Earth exactly 40 years ago (Dec. 14 1972) notes La Stampa.

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Re;Memory — A New AI Program Makes Talking To The Dead Come Alive

There are many frontiers being crossed by AI lately, sparking debate and anxiety. But now, we're entering strange, new territory: an algorithm that lets bereaved family members communicate with deceased loved ones in the most realistic of ways. Yet it comes with very real and complicated risks.

A screenshot from the Re;memory promotional video, where a bereaved woman touches the screen that shows her dead relative talking to her

Screenshot from the Re;memory promotional video

Gianluca Nicoletti


TURIN — Generative artificial intelligence is said to be a threat to the jobs in a variety of creative professional fields. Are professional psychics next? Yes, communing with the dead, real or imagined, is an experience that the digital world may now be ready to outflank the human competition.

The technical term for these algorithms is "deadbots," which offer a sort of ephemeral evocation of the spirit of a deceased person. You don't have to look far to find them — even the usual suspect, ChatGPT, can light the path to the dead and establish a mutual, tangible dialogue between you and the dearly departed.

Yet the most realistic of these chatbot models is the consolatory Re;Memory. This ectoplasmic recreation, designed by South Korean company DeepBrain, comes almost as a natural evolution to the spiritual seances to which we're accustomed.

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