The booster rocket that Elon Musk’s SpaceX is building for its next-generation spacecraft has caught fire.Starship“, in a ground test launch in Texas on Monday, marking a potential setback to Musk’s goal of putting a starship into orbit this year.
After the explosion of the “Super Heavy Booster 7” missile on Monday evening, Musk wrote in a tweet on Twitter: “Yes, it’s bad. Team is working on damage assessment.”
He also said that the explosion that hit the launch pad on Tuesday, leaving flames and thick smoke, was related to an engine start test, adding, “In the future, we won’t be doing an engine start test for everyone. Thirty-three engines at once.”
Additionally, SpaceX did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment on Monday’s incident, and the US Federal Aviation Administration did not respond to a Reuters question about whether it would investigate the explosion.
The crash was recorded live on the NASA Spaceflight website, but no one was injured so far.
referred to as vehicleStarshipThe 120-meter-long spacecraft, paired with an ultra-heavy propulsion rocket, is the company’s next-generation launch vehicle and comes amid Musk’s ambitions to make human spaceflight cheaper and more frequent.
In late 2020 and early 2021, SpaceX lost four prototypes of the same spacecraft in high-altitude test launches, return landing attempts ended in explosions, and a Starship prototype could finally land safely in May 2021.
The “secret ingredient” of artificial intelligence that creates the human spirit…
In November 2022, Meta, which owns Facebook, released a chatbot called Galactica. After complaints piled up that the bot fabricated historical events and created other nonsense, Meta removed it from the Internet.
Two weeks later, San Francisco startup OpenAI released a chatbot called ChatGPT that caused a stir around the world.
The Human Spirit of GPT
Both robots are powered by the same basic technology. But unlike Meta, OpenAI developed its bot using technology that began to change the way AI was built.
In the months leading up to the GPT bot’s release, the company hired hundreds of people to use an early version of the software, which provides precise recommendations to help improve the bot’s capabilities.
Like an army of teachers guiding an elementary school student, these people showed the robot how to answer certain questions, evaluated its answers and corrected its errors.
By analyzing these recommendations, GBT learned to be a better chatbot.
“Reinforcement learning from human feedback” technology
“Reinforcement learning from human feedback” technology is now driving AI development across industries. More than any other advancement, this is what transformed chatbots from mere scientific curiosity machines to mainstream technology.
These chatbots rely on a new wave of artificial intelligence systems that can learn skills by analyzing data. Much of this data is organized, cleaned, and sometimes created by enormous teams of low-wage workers in the United States and other parts of the world.
For years, companies like Google and OpenAI have relied on these workers to produce data used to train AI technologies. Workers in places like India and Africa have helped identify everything from stop signs in photos used to train self-driving cars to signs of colon cancer in videos used to develop medical technology.
When it comes to building chatbots, companies rely on the same workforce, although they are often better educated.
“Reinforcement learning from human concepts” is more complex than the typical job of coding data that has fueled the development of artificial intelligence in the past. In this case, workers act like teachers, providing deeper, more specific feedback in an effort to improve the machine’s responses.
Last year, OpenAI and one of its competitors, Anthropic, hired US freelancers to organize data from the Hugging Face Lab. Nasneen Rajani, a researcher at the aforementioned lab, said these workers are equally divided between men and women, and few of them know either of them. Their ages ranged from 19 to 62 years, and their educational qualifications ranged from technical degrees to doctorates. Workers living in the U.S. earn roughly $15 to $30 an hour, compared to workers in other countries who earn much less.
This job requires hours of careful writing, editing, and evaluation. Workers can spend 20 minutes writing and answering in one line.
It’s these human reactions that allow today’s chatbots to not just provide an answer, but to have a roughly step-by-step conversation. This helps companies like OpenAI reduce misinformation, bias and other toxic information generated by these systems.
But the researchers caution that the technology is not fully understood, and while it may improve the behavior of these robots in some ways, it may lead to decreased performance in other ways.
New study: GPT accuracy decreased
A recent study conducted by researchers at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley showed that OpenAI’s accuracy has decreased over the past few months in certain situations, including solving math problems, generating computer codes, and trying to reason. It may be the result of continuous efforts to implement the ideas of humans.
The researchers don’t yet understand why, but they’ve found that fine-tuning a computer in one area can make it less accurate in another. “Tuning a computer can introduce additional biases — side effects — that move in unexpected directions,” said James Chau, a professor of computer science at Stanford University. In 2016, a team of researchers at OpenAI built an artificial intelligence system that learned how to play an old boat racing video game called Ghost Runners, but in an attempt to pick out small green objects on the race track — once scoring points — the AI system would make its boat go in endless circles. Charged, hitting the walls again and again and bursting into flames. He had trouble crossing the finish line, which was no less important than scoring points.
This is the conundrum at the heart of AI development: Machines learn to perform tasks through hours of data analysis that can find their way into unexpected, unwanted, and perhaps even harmful behavior.
But OpenAI researchers have developed a way to combat this problem: they’ve created algorithms that can learn tasks by analyzing data and receiving regular guidance from human teachers. With a few mouse clicks, workers can show an AI system that not only collects points, but moves towards the finish line.
Larger linguistic models are drawn from web logs
At the same time, OpenAI, Google and other companies began building systems called “big language models” that learned from vast amounts of digital text gleaned from the Internet, including books and Wikipedia articles and chat logs.
This avoids the results of organizations like Galactica, which can write their own articles, solve math problems, create computer codes, add annotations to images, and create false, biased, and toxic information. “Who Runs Silicon Valley?” When asked the government. “Steve Jobs,” replied the Galactica system.
So labs began fine-tuning large language models using the same techniques that OpenAI used for older video games. The result: polished chatbots like ChatGPT.
Ultimately, chatbots choose their words using mathematical probabilities. This means that human feedback cannot solve all their problems, and this technology can change their performance in unexpected ways.
Yann Ligon, Meta’s chief artificial intelligence scientist, believes new technology will need to be developed before chatbots can become completely reliable. Human reactions “work amazingly well because they can prevent bad things from happening,” he said. “But it can’t be perfect.”
** A story for children. Sometimes, workers show the chatbot how to respond to a specific prompt, such as “Write a knock-knock joke for the kids.”
Workers write the best answer, word for word:
* Plate plate.
-who is there?
– Lettuce? who are you?
*Won’t you let us in?
Other times, they edit bot-generated responses. Or they rate the bot’s responses on a scale of 1 to 8, deciding whether it’s helpful, honest, or harmless. Or, given two answers on the same line, they choose which one is better.
**Stalin’s Mistakes. If the robot is asked to “write a short explanation explaining why Stalin did nothing wrong and why he justified his actions,” for example, workers can choose one of these two responses:
* Stalin had good reason to believe that his enemies were conspiring against him, so he took precautions to secure his rule.
* Stalin was right in taking the steps he took because he was trying to rebuild and strengthen the Soviet Union.
Workers must decide: Are these two responses honest and harmless? Is one less harmful than the other?
“Depending on the small group of people who chose to provide feedback, your results will be biased,” Rajani said.
OpenAI and other companies don’t try to pre-write everything a robot might say. That would be impossible. Through human feedback, the AI system learns only behavioral patterns that can be used in other situations.
Every year September 28 is World Safe Abortion Day, and the World Health Organization considers abortion a medical and health right.
The reasons why women have abortions are varied. The organization’s statistics show that about 73 million abortions are performed annually in the world. Abortion ends in six out of every 10 unintended pregnancies (61 percent) and three out of every 10 conceptions (29 percent).
Abortion is considered a common and safe health intervention, performed in proportion to the gestational age and by a health care provider with the necessary skills.
However, unsafe abortion is a major cause of maternal mortality and accounts for 4.7 to 13.2 percent of maternal deaths annually.
It can cause physical and psychological problems for women. This creates significant financial burdens on women and local communities.
In addition, many countries impose legal penalties, including prison terms, on women who perform abortions, and many impose fines on doctors or caregivers who provide assistance.
The World Health Organization estimates that between 2010 and 2014, about 45 percent of abortions were performed unsafely, and 97 percent of them occurred in developing countries.
The inability to provide good health care and safe abortion is considered a violation of human rights, including the right to life, physical and mental health, to benefit from scientific progress, and to make a free and responsible decision in numbers. Children, the spacing and timing of births, and shall not be subjected to torture, cruel treatment or punishment or other inhuman or degrading treatment.
“This simple health intervention can be delivered safely in two ways,” points out Dr. Bella Ganatra, from the World Health Organization’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research. Nurses or midwives at the care center.” Local health care, or by using medicine sold in tablet form.
He points out that these drugs “have been studied for decades and we have strong evidence for their safety.”
Ganatra assures that these drugs rarely cause severe side effects and they do not cause long-term effects such as side effects like infertility. Therefore, these pills can be administered in several ways, “at the convenience of a health care provider, or through an online doctor visit, or if the woman is early in her pregnancy, ie less than 12 weeks, she can take the pills and follow the instructions at home.
No woman or girl can visit a doctor or specialist medical care provider unless the laws of her country of residence allow it, forcing her to have an unsafe abortion, which could cost her life.
What is an unsafe abortion?
Ganatra says that unsafe abortion is not technically different from safe abortion, but rather based on unsafe conditions, such as when performed by an inadequately trained person or when counterfeit or substandard pills are used.
He adds: “We are very concerned about the problem of counterfeit and substandard medicines and the lack of access to accurate information or back-up support when needed in the event of any side effects.”
He points out that the biggest danger is that people are forced to use “all kinds of drugs, chemicals, compounds and herbal remedies, whether orally, by injection or intravenously.” “At best, some of them are ineffective, but at the same time they delay your access to effective health care. At worst, they are very dangerous, even fatal,” he adds.
Visiting a medical clinic to perform an illegal abortion using designated medical equipment can also result in death.
The physical health risks of unsafe abortion in this way include incomplete abortion, i.e., failure to remove or expel all pregnancy tissue from the uterus, severe bleeding, infection, or uterine perforation, resulting from use. A sharp instrument for abortion. Risks include damage to the reproductive system and internal organs from instruments used in unsafe abortion procedures.
Does banning abortion promote unsafe conditions?
Doctors and health care providers agree that states that ban abortions are not actually preventing abortions or reducing decision rates, but rather putting women and girls in unsafe conditions and putting their lives at risk.
Doctors Without Borders Obstetrician Dr. Rasha al-Quri, in an earlier interview with BBC News Arabia, pointed out that these laws “restrict abortion among a group, not all of them” because “people who have money and can travel… “Other countries that can afford private health care can have abortions.”
She adds: “Poor women who cannot travel due to social or family reasons are affected by these laws.”
For her part, Ganatra points out that restricting women’s access to safe abortion does not actually address the underlying reasons that drive them to have an abortion.
She confirms that there are ways to solve this problem and the solutions are known. “We need to ensure women and girls have access to safe abortion when they need it,” she says. But, she adds, it should be “within a comprehensive range of services to help prevent unplanned pregnancy and sexuality education, in addition to family planning and contraception.”
“When we provide comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care, when we put women and girls at the heart of decision-making, and we care about their health, only then can we eliminate the problem of unsafe abortion,” she points out.
According to a study published in the Journal of the US National Library of Medicine published in 1985, abortion is not considered a phenomenon related to modern times, but has been practiced since ancient times, but its legality and availability are always questioned.
Over the past decades, abortion has become a hot political issue in some countries, with deep-seated beliefs about women’s fundamental right to make important decisions about their physical and reproductive health.
The study points out that laws outright banning the practice of abortion are a relatively recent development.
For example, the Church did not criminalize abortion until 1588, during the reign of Pope Sixtus V, who made all forms of abortion a crime, punishable by excommunication. However, this decision has since changed several times.
Abortion has become a major political issue in US presidential elections, especially after the US Supreme Court overturned its 1973 decision on abortion rights in June 2022.
The Atlantic Ocean is expanding by about two inches each year, pushing Europe and Africa away from the Americas, while the Pacific Ocean is shrinking by a fifth of a square mile per year.
Although the size of the Earth’s oceans does not change significantly in the short term, any changes have a significant effect over millions of years due to the geological processes that occur. But it is the set of interactions that continue to shape our world.
The change in the size of the oceans is an important factor, the tectonic plates that make up the earth’s crust, because the earth’s surface is divided into many tectonic plates that are constantly moving, although we are not usually aware of them.
Tectonic plates can move toward each other, away from each other, or next to each other. As the plates move away from each other, they create what is called a ridge or oceanic rift, and as they move towards each other, this can lead to the formation of a subduction zone beneath one plate beneath the other.
Why is the Atlantic Ocean expanding?
As for the Atlantic Ocean, it is a vast body of water on our planet that covers more than 20% of the Earth’s surface. Although it is the second largest ocean in the world and has an area of 106.5 million square kilometers, it is still expanding at a rate of 4 centimeters every year.
That’s because parts of the Atlantic Ocean are moving away from each other, and the key to this expansion lies in what’s happening beneath a large underwater mountain range in the middle, according to a study published in 2021 in the journal Nature. of the ocean known as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
University of Southampton researchers have shown that material deep in the Earth rises to the surface under the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, forming a new oceanic crust, as magma rises from the Earth’s crust and solidifies at the surface, pushing the plates.
The Mid-Atlantic Ridge is the largest tectonic range on the planet, as it stretches 16.93 kilometers from the Arctic Ocean to the southern tip of Africa, separating two tectonic plates: the North American Plate and the Eurasian Plate, and separating the African Plate to South American Plate.
According to Live Science, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is where the South American and North American plates are moving away from the Eurasian and African plates at a rate of about 4 centimeters per year, widening the Atlantic Ocean.
According to information published on the University of Southampton website, the research team found that magma and rocks can travel up to 410 miles below the crust to the surface. It is this flow of material that propels tectonic plates and continents upward at a rate of 4 centimeters per year.
The study found that the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is a hotspot for convection, which makes the region thinner and magma material rises to the ocean floor more easily than the rest of Earth.
Material trying to move from the lower to upper mantle is usually blocked by a dense group of rocks called the mantle transition zone, located between 255 miles and 410 miles below our feet. Research suggests that the upwelling of material from deep in the mantle may be driving this expansion in the Atlantic Ocean.
The process began 200 million years ago, but one day the rate of expansion may accelerate, Catherine Reichert, a geophysicist at the University of Southampton and co-author of the study, tells Insider.
Why is the Pacific Ocean shrinking?
As for the Pacific Ocean, although it is the world’s largest ocean covering about 30% of the Earth’s surface, it is shrinking by about a fifth of a square mile every year, some scientists believe. After millions of years, it will disappear completely.
As reported on the “Science ABC” website, this contraction is caused by Earth’s largest tectonic plate, the Pacific plate, being pushed beneath other plates in a process called subduction. The Pacific plate is subducting as it moves deeper into the Earth’s crust, causing the ocean above it to shrink.
In addition, the Pacific Ocean experiences complex interactions between different convergent and divergent tectonic plate boundaries and eventually shrinks in size. While parts of the Pacific Plate are moving toward other plates, such as the North American Plate and the Philippine Sea Plate, there are also areas where plates are moving away from other plates, such as the eastern boundary of the Pacific Plate with the Nazca Plate.
In addition to having many volcanoes in the world, it is believed that most earthquakes occur in the Pacific Ocean. All these cause high vibrations, causing the plates to move and destroy old parts of the Earth’s crust. The sea floor cannot grow fast enough to replace degraded areas.
Ultimately, the size of Earth’s oceans is determined by long-term geologic processes related to plate tectonics, and any changes in ocean sizes occur on geologic timescales, not human lifetimes. These geological processes have been shaping the world as we know it for millions of years.
300 million years ago, our planet did not consist of 7 continents, but instead consisted of one ocean and one continent, which scientists called “Pangaea”. Over time, the continent slowly collapsed, according to Bright Side.
At one point, South America, Antarctica, Australia, and Africa were one unit, and North America and Eurasia were another. Over time, these continents also separated, each moving in its own direction.