Dark energy remains a mystery. Maybe AI can help crack the code

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Sep 6, 2023
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Civilization, especially under democracy, tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes.
- H.L. Mencken (1922)

You'd have to be living under a rock not to know that AI is just one of several currently popular crazes.

One thing I always liked about SETI was at least it was clear (if somewhat self-serving) as to what constituted "intelligence", namely the ability to build radio technology capable of communication over interstellar distances.

I'm not much of a believer in dark energy. The whole thing is based on distant supernovae being all of a quarter of a magnitude too faint. And on the assumption that they're standard candles, the exact same at great look-book times as the ones nearer-by that are used to calibrate the absolute luminosities.

The Dark Energy Survey results so far lower the discrepancy to 0.2 magnitudes, if understand correctly, but the scatter on their Hubble diagram is as large as (or larger than) the difference between their best fit line to the data and the line for there being zero dark energy.

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