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Oct 25, 2020

Adversarial Machine Learning Threat Matrix

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, robotics/AI, transportation

Microsoft, in collaboration with MITRE research organization and a dozen other organizations, including IBM, Nvidia, Airbus, and Bosch, has released the Adversarial ML Threat Matrix, a framework that aims to help cybersecurity experts prepare attacks against artificial intelligence models.

With AI models being deployed in several fields, there is a rise in critical online threats jeopardizing their safety and integrity. The Adversarial Machine Learning (ML) Threat Matrix attempts to assemble various techniques employed by malicious adversaries in destabilizing AI systems.

AI models perform several tasks, including identifying objects in images by analyzing the information they ingest for specific common patterns. The researchers have developed malicious patterns that hackers could introduce into the AI systems to trick these models into making mistakes. An Auburn University team had even managed to fool a Google LLC image recognition model into misclassifying objects in photos by slightly adjusting the objects’ position in each input image.

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Oct 24, 2020

Transition One Will Convert Your Old Gasmobile To Electric Power In About 4 Hours

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

If you own a perfectly fine conventional automobile but want to join the EV revolution, you have two choices. Engineer an electric drivetrain swap yourself, which involves hours and hours of lying on you back on a creeper in your garage, or buying a new electric car. Now, if you live in France, there’s a third way. Transition One will take your current car, remove the existing internal combustion engine, replace it with batteries and an electric motor, and give it back to you in about 4 hours.

Oct 24, 2020

Radio presenter uses Tesla controls to catch would-be car thieves

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

A friend went to assess the situation for her, but the car was gone.

So Ms Brett turned straight to her Tesla car app to find out what was going on.

Oct 24, 2020

NASA Will Be Building a Quiet, Supersonic Aircraft: the X-59

Posted by in category: transportation

Circa 2019


NASA’s X-Plane Program has been around for 70 years. Over the course of those decades, the agency has developed a series of airplanes and rockets to test out various technologies and design advances. Now NASA has cleared the newest one, the X-59, for final assembly.

The X-59 is a supersonic aircraft design. Its full name is the X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft. Rather than pushing for greater speeds or higher altitudes like some previous X-Plane’s, the X-59 is designed to break the sound barrier without the sonic boom. The X-59 will produce no more than a loud thump, if anything at all, when it passes the sound barrier.

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Oct 24, 2020

This weird-looking plane could someday be a fast, clean option for air travel

Posted by in category: transportation

The experimental aircraft has completed 31 flights so far.

Oct 24, 2020

Boom Supersonic reveals XB-1 plane built to break the sound barrier

Posted by in category: transportation

This craft uses laminar flow 😃


Aviation startup Boom Supersonic has unveiled a fully assembled version of its demonstrator aircraft, taking an important step forward in its efforts to build the world’s fastest airliner. The company’s XB-1 is a sleek, one-third-scale prototype of its Overture passenger plane, and is designed to break the sound barrier itself with test flights due to kick off next year.

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Oct 24, 2020

Cyclotech brings a totally unique propulsion system to the eVTOL world

Posted by in category: transportation

Austrian company Cyclotech is planning to begin flight-testing an 80-kg (176-lb) demonstrator of its unique electric VTOL airframe, which uses Voith-Schneider propellers instead of rotors for exceptional agility and control in the air.

The prop design, which looks a bit like it belongs on the back of an 1850s paddle steamer, was patented nearly 100 years ago but hasn’t made it into a production aircraft yet. Each prop is a spinning cylinder whose walls are formed by a number of wing blades.

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Oct 23, 2020

Tesla argues no defect on suspension, says China is forcing unnecessary recall

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Tesla is arguing that there’s actually no defect with its Model S/Model X suspension and that China is basically forcing an unnecessary recall.

Earlier today, we reported on Tesla recalling almost 30,000 Model S and Model X vehicles that were shipped to China over an alleged issue with its suspension.

As we stated in the report, there were a few things that were strange about this report — primarily the fact that it only affected Model S and Model X vehicles sent to China between 2013 and 2017 even though those vehicles were produced in the US, and Tesla used the same suspension as all other Model S and Model X produced during that period.

Oct 22, 2020

India’s richest state invites Tesla after Musk hints entry into country

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, sustainability, transportation

(Reuters) — India’s richest state Maharashtra has invited U.S. electric-car maker Tesla Inc, weeks after its Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk suggested entering the country next year.

In a tweet here on Thursday, state tourism and environment minister Aaditya Thackeray said he and industries minister Subhash Desai held a video call with Tesla executives earlier in the day to invite them to the state.

Earlier this month, Musk said “Next year for sure” on Twitter in reply to a post with a photograph of a T-shirt with the message: “India wants Tesla”.

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Oct 22, 2020

Airbus Tests Bird-Like Flapping Wings For Its Future Aircraft

Posted by in categories: futurism, transportation

The planes of the future may have flapping wings. 😃


Is it a bird, is it a plane? Well, this new Airbus prototype aircraft is kind of both.

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