Sleepless nights for the psyche, the light against the animal kingdom and the robot that man thought

“What if your rocket explodes on a flight?” A high school student asked him. “Can you start again?” “Oh noPlease answer Lindy Elkins-Tanton. In the world we live in, you don’t have to go through the 800 800 million space mission again. “ The question was pertinent to say the least, as the director of a psychic program sponsored by NASA chased the ghost of a catastrophe to send a probe to meet a 200-kilometer-diameter asteroid orbiting Mars in late September. And Jupiter.

Slate A nice extract from this commentary report, Human and Educational Portrait of a scientist as a young woman “, A memoir by Lindy Elkins-Tanton, a professor at Arizona State University and a renowned expert on planet formation. This space-conquering geologist simply explained to us what it meant to send a robot to Earth after traveling for more than three years on a pebble invisible from Earth. The asteroid psyche will be made entirely of metal. It is a valuable witness to the birth of our solar system and one of the most easily observed specimens resembling a metal core occupying the center of the earth. Just 3,000 kilometers under our feet, but inaccessible forever.

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Lighting

Every year, on the evening of September 11, when New York illuminates the site of the defunct Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, two powerful light beams quickly cover the mysterious black spot. They stop short during their great autumn migration by birds, hundreds of birds, 44 bulbs with a power of 7,000 watts, who get tired of spinning in circles. When their numbers exceed one thousand, municipal services turn off these headlights for twenty minutes to continue their journey.

These concerns are rare. Ed Young, its admirable science journalist Atlantic, Provides many more examples of the destruction caused by the light of human civilization in the animal kingdom. Every year in the United States, 6 million birds are killed by over-illuminated electricity pylons. At night, baby turtles are slaughtered, distracted by the street lights under the lampposts in the sea light. However, nothing needs to be done to avoid the catastrophe of this planet: the light bulbs are no longer fixed but flashing in the works’ art; Red street lights instead of white LEDs that attract animals …

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Cougar Bridge

Other complaints from our animal friends were heard at the White House. Joe Biden’s infrastructure reform plan, voted on in November, provides 350 million in public funding for the construction of protected passages, footbridges or tunnels, allowing animals to cross the highway. Every day, remind MIT Technology Review, One million vertebrates of all species in the United States go under the wheels of cars. In Los Angeles, a new 40-meter-wide bridge at a cost of 90 million will soon expand the ten lanes of Highway 101 to connect the two Mountain Lion Sanctuaries.

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Expelled by Elon

SpaceX workers are tired of the activities of their boss, Elon Musk, on social networks, a source in their eyes “Scattering and [d’] Embarrassment “. The New York Times Recalling Musk’s rather flashy remarks on Twitter after allegations of sexual harassment against him by a flight attendant, his political stance was increasingly favorable to the pro-Trump camp, which sent a letter to management from staff promoted in the space operator’s internal department. In response to the mailbox, SpaceX fired Sling’s leaders. We will listen even more enthusiastically to Elon Musk’s call for freedom of speech.

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Lemoin and LaMDA

Blake Lemoin, a Google engineer, was asked by his superiors to take some rest, says The Washington Post. Lemoin, who works on the artificial intelligence program LaMDA, an expert on human language reproduction, is convinced that this chatbot, this “conversation assistant” answering public questions, has reached a point where it is reasonable to say that he has a conscience and an intellect. Which is comparable to his human interlocutors. LaMDA, of course, discusses with him the famous “Three Laws of Robotics” framed by author Isaac Asimov, expressing emotion, the sympathy he feels in the face of the injustice that Cassette’s mother Fantine faces. Wretched man And admits that the fear of his worst existence will stop it, thus spreading the idea of ​​death.

At Google’s management, he downplayed the robot’s efficiency and complained that the engineer was being misused by the huge amount of data dumped by LAMDA during his conversations. So his “culture” would not be equal to conscience … Blake Lemoin also has the humane gift of annoying his masters. He tried to hire a lawyer to provide legal representation for LaMDA and contacted a member of Congress to complain about Google’s ethical error in artificial intelligence.

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