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2021 Mazda CX-30

Mazda’s small but robust lineup reaches higher into the premium segment this year with a new Carbon Edition and fully loaded Signature trims on select models. There are no new models for 2021, but some of the smaller Mazdas have some of the largest changes. 

The CX-3 small crossover marches on despite the CX-30, and a turbocharged engine finally returns to the 2021 Mazda 3 compact sedan and hatchback. The MX-5 Miata remains the same. 

More info – What’s New for 2021: Mazda –

Self-driving car developers, states line up to participate in nationwide testing program

Waymo self-driving car

Eight states and nine self-driving developers and carmakers announced this week that they would participate in a nationwide testing program designed to showcase the autonomous cars’ development and make public the routes and information gathered during testing.

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FlightSafety Unveils New Artificial-Intelligence-Based Training Tool

FlightSmart can be used on a variety of civil and military simulators.Flight Safety International

LaGuardia, New York-based Flight Safety International, in collaboration with IBM, yesterday unveiled a new, fully-integrated training tool called FlightSmart that employs artificial intelligence and machine learning to evaluate a pilot’s ability as they perform critical tasks and maneuvers during all phases of flight. The new product is an attempt to leave qualitative-based instruction behind in favor of evidence- and competency-based training.

Instructors using FlightSmart will now have a comprehensive understanding of a pilot’s strengths and weaknesses through access to real-time data, which objectively measures performance using advanced analytics and data collection from virtually any training medium.


FlightSmart delivers important feedback to trainees and instructors in an easy-to-understand format.Flight Safety International

FlightSmart uses that training data to create a customized corrective action training path that addresses identified deficiencies. Instructors will also proactively address deficiencies by optimizing a pilot’s training curriculum that focuses on areas that need improvement rather than repetitive actions rooted in a fixed syllabus. FSI said FlightSmart provides a solid foundation for adaptive learning and student-specific insights and is ideal for use during training of new and experienced pilots operating both commercial and military aircraft.


FlightSafety also said it received a contract for FlightSmart from the United States Air Force Air Education and Training Command (AETC) for implementation at Columbus Air Force Base on 16 T-6A training devices, including initial and operational flight trainers with options to expand to other Air Education and Training Command bases that operate the aircraft. The use of FlightSmart is expected to one day include aircraft maintenance technicians, operators of unmanned systems, and others.



Hyundai’s Vision for Urban Air Mobility Unveiled at CES

Newest personal air vehicle will be autonomously controlled.

Hyundai partnered with Uber and Aria Group to create its new PAV.Hyundai Motor Company

Hyundai Motor Company this week unveiled its Personal Air Vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company calls the PAV—an autonomous electric vertical take-off and landing vehicle—the centerpiece of its urban air mobility vision for smart city transportation. Hyundai and Uber tapped specialty design-engineer-build firm Aria Group to bring the one-of-a-kind, carbon-fiber-intensive prototype aircraft from concept to reality.


In creating the Hyundai PAV, Irvine, California-based Aria engineered and built the craft’s moving horizontal control surfaces, sequenced lift rotors, articulating vertical-to-horizontal thrust rotors and vehicle lighting. The company also created complex carbon fiber structures and tooling and the complete assembly and shipping strategy, the show-stand concept and a complete electronic control system that cycles the aircraft through a complex demonstration of rotor movements and articulations to simulate the vehicle in flight.

Clive Hawkins, president of Aria Group said, “Uber Elevate is leveraging its data and technology expertise and assembling all of the right people from aerospace and other industries, as well as federal, state and local government, to create the biggest innovation in transportation since cars took over from horses.”



2020 Toyota RAV4 finally comes with Android Auto


On Monday, Toyota announced that the 2020 RAV4 would include standard Android Auto compatibility across the crossover’s lineup. It’s been a longtime coming for one of the most popular crossovers on sale to adopt one of the most popular smartphone operating systems.

The RAV4 will be available in LE, XLE, Adventure Grade, Limited and TRD Off Road trim levels for 2020. The RAV4 Hybrid will be offered in LE, XLE, XSE, and Limited Hybrid trim levels. RAV4 LE models are equipped with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, while all other RAV4 crossovers get an 8.0-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay compatibility was added last year, and Android Auto will be a new addition for 2020.

The RAV4 and RAV4 Hybrid were redesigned for 2019 with a blockier exterior and new interior, including new technology. Satellite radio is standard across the lineup for 2020, with a subscription sold separately. Also new for 2020, Limited and Limited Hybrid RAV4 crossovers are equipped with premium audio from JBL as standard equipment.

Toyota is expected to announce how much the 2020 RAV4 will cost later this week, but our partners at CarsDirect uncovered dealer documents that suggest the crossover will start around $27,000 for a RAV4 LE and a RAV4 TRD Off-Road model will cost about $36,300, including destination charges.



FACET (Future Air Traffic Management Concepts Evaluation Tool)


FACET – short for Future Air Traffic Management Concepts Evaluation Tool –was such a hit when it was introduced a decade ago that NASA named it the agency’s Software of the Year for 2006. As a research tool, FACET quickly analyzes thousands of aircraft paths and displays them on a map. One of FACET’s new features is to display global flight trajectories between the continents. NASA receives data from the Official Airline Guide, which provides the departure and arrival cities, and the expected departure and arrival times.

FACET then draws a Great Circle route between the city pairs and calculates where the aircraft would be at any given time. NASA has used this capability to study the impact of global aviation emissions on the environment.

Facebook Set to Follow Other FANGs With Full-Year Decline


Facebook Inc.’s shareholders are poised to find out what long-time investors in other FANG stocks already know: They can’t count on higher prices every year. The social-media company, which fell 18 percent this year through Thursday, is headed for its first full-year decline since going public in 2012. The rest of the FANGs – Inc., Netflix Inc. and Google’s owner, Alphabet Inc. – all posted losses in 2014 and at least two other calendar years since their debuts. To be sure, Facebook slipped 30 percent from its initial public offering price in May 2012 through the end of that year.


Source: Bloomberg Radio’s Dave Wilson

Exploring the Moon by Hand with Mobile Astronomy Apps


In this edition of Mobile Astronomy, we’ll explore Earth’s nearest natural satellite with apps that show where it is and what phase it’s in (now, and in the future); apps with maps labeling the lowlands, mountains and craters; apps highlighting exploration missions; and even some free digital books about the moon that you can have with you at the eyepiece or just relaxing at the cottage this summer.


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Brains, Minds, AI, God: Marvin Minsky Thought Like No One Else (Tribute)

Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer and host of «Closer to Truth,» a public television series and online resource that features the world’s leading thinkers exploring humanity’s deepest questions (Peter Getzels, producer/director). Kuhn contributed this article to Live Science’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.

Artificial intelligence (AI) pervades people’s lives today, from smartphones and search engines to transportation systems and medical diagnoses. One of AI’s legendary pioneers, Marvin Minsky, co-founder of what is now the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and considered to be the «father of AI,» died on Jan. 24, 2016, at age 88.

Polymathic in capacity, protean in vision, Minksy spent his life figuring out how to make machines that are intelligent, «whatever that means,» as he liked to say. He developed AI’s two principle schools of thought: the «symbolic school» of abstract manipulations and the «connectionist school» of unstructured self-organization. He built the first learning machine based on neural networks, simulating how the brain works through practice and trial and error, a progenitor of today’s «deep learning.»

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Ya sabemos…

Ya sabemos que las agencias de inteligencia pueden escanear los discos o unidades de memoria de cualquier dispositivo conectado a la web; mientras que a través de la telefonía celular, determinar en tiempo real las coordenadas geográficas de cualquier usuario; y muchísimo más.

Algunos recurren a la telefonía satelital, sabiendo que solo el operador registra todas sus conversaciones, a diferencia de los medios tradicionales, donde son demasiados los que espían. Incluso suele suceder, que un chico de 18 años, ponga en jaque a los muchachos de inteligencia militar, e ingrese en sus bases de datos provocando estropicios inconmensurables.

Recuerden lo siguiente: “el que comenta todo lo que sabe, se arriesga a decir lo que no le conviene”.

Troyano en Linux


Varios gobiernos, desinstalaron los sistemas operativos Windows, por la certeza de que en las actualizaciones ingresaba software malicioso, y a raíz de esto, por cuestiones de seguridad comenzaron a utilizar Linux, pero la realidad indica que el espionaje continúa.

Lamentablemente, cada día que pasa, Big Brother, es más poderoso…

Link recomendado: Descubierto un potente y sigiloso troyano en Linux destinado al espionaje gubernamental

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El tema de los derechos de autor es interesante y sumamente controvertido. Los siguientes links tal vez aclaren algo o lo compliquen un poco más…

Sistema Echelon

Domos de radar (radomos) en la base Menwith Hill de la RAF. Foto: Wikipedia


En realidad el espionaje global comenzó hace décadas atrás, con la implementación del mega-sistema de intercepción de comunicaciones denominado Echelon.


Ahora se sorprenden de las actividades de la NSA, pero lamentablemente la tribu humana, con excepción de algunos de sus caciques, está como mínimo 40 años desfasada en el tiempo…


Link recomendado: La Red Echelon = La Gran Oreja


Bitcoin, la nueva moneda virtual…


A continuación, se encuentran interesantes links para que el lector pueda tener  información precisa acerca de esta novedosa moneda virtual…


Bitcoin – Wikipedia

Bitcoin, qué es y cómo funciona esta moneda virtual –


Bitcoin Adoption: The Slow but Steady Emergence Through Services

Bitcoin – Open source P2P digital currency