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Google’s Jeff Dean on How Artificial Intelligence will Affect Your Life

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In a recent TEDx Talk, Google’s Jeff Dean discussed why and how these advances have come about, what the implications are for areas as diverse as robotics, healthcare, human creativity and computer hardware design, and why these possibilities are so exciting.

In the last five years, significant advances were made in the fields of computer vision, speech recognition, and language understanding. In a recent TEDx Talk, Google’s Jeff Dean discussed why and how these advances have come about, what the implications are for areas as diverse as robotics, healthcare, human creativity and computer hardware design, and why these possibilities are so exciting. Continue reading Google’s Jeff Dean on How Artificial Intelligence will Affect Your Life

Google is giving $20m to the first team to land a spacecraft on the Moon in 2017

by Peter Dockrill, Science Alert

The final countdown has begun

Google’s nearly decade-long quest to get private space explorers to land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon is finally coming down to the wire – the five remaining teams have until the end of 2017 to meet the epic challenge.

The Lunar XPRIZE competition, first announced back in 2007, may amount to the most ambitious ‘contest’ Earth has ever seen – not to mention the Moon – and now the race is on, as the remaining entrants scramble for the chance to make space history. Continue reading Google is giving $20m to the first team to land a spacecraft on the Moon in 2017

Google explains how it spots malicious Android apps

by Mariella Moon, Engadget

Even if they prevent Android’s Verify Apps feature from working properly

Android’s Verify Apps feature performs malware scans on newly downloaded applications to make sure they’re safe. But since some malicious apps can prevent the feature from working, the company had to find an alternative way to figure out if a phone stopped using Verify because you no longer use it or if it’s due to malware lurking in your device. Continue reading Google explains how it spots malicious Android apps

2016: The Year That Deep Learning Took Over the Internet

by Cade Metz, WIRED

On the west coast of Australia, Amanda Hodgson is launching drones out towards the Indian Ocean so that they can photograph the water from above. The photos are a way of locating dugongs, or sea cows, in the bay near Perth—part of an effort to prevent the extinction of these endangered marine mammals. The trouble is that Hodgson and her team don’t have the time needed to examine all those aerial photos. There are too many of them—about 45,000—and spotting the dugongs is far too difficult for the untrained eye. So she’s giving the job to a deep neural network. Continue reading 2016: The Year That Deep Learning Took Over the Internet

“With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.” If That Holds True for Spider-Man, What About Google?

by David Sable, LinkedIn Pulse

“Providing relevant answers has been the cornerstone of Google’s approach to search from the very beginning. It would undermine the people’s trust in our results and company if we were to change course.”- Google, in response to SEME research.

 SEME, in this context, is for those who Googled and found links to Japanese culture:

“The search engine manipulation effect (SEME) is the change in consumer preference from manipulations of search results by search engine providers.”- Wiki

Continue reading “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.” If That Holds True for Spider-Man, What About Google?

Google launches Android Things, a new OS for IoT gadgets

by Abhimanyu Ghoshal, TheNextWeb

Google has launched Android Things, an IoT platform that lets you build connected devices while leveraging Android APIs and the company’s cloud-based services for delivering updates and enabling voice commands.

The company says it’s combining Brillo, its previous Android-based IoT OS, with tools like Android Studio, the Android SDK, Google Play Services, and Google Cloud Platform, to make it easier for developers to build smart devices. Continue reading Google launches Android Things, a new OS for IoT gadgets

Google’s Improbable Deal to Recreate the Real World in VR

by Cade Metz, WIRED

LET A THOUSAND virtual worlds rain down from the clouds. Or rather, the cloud. That’s the call from Google as it gets behind a tiny British startup called Improbable.

Founded by two Cambridge graduates and backed by $20 million in funding from the venture capitalists at Andreessen Horowitz, Improbable offers a new way of building virtual worlds, including not just immersive games à la Second Life or World of Warcraft, but also vast digital simulations of real cities, economies, and biological systems. Continue reading Google’s Improbable Deal to Recreate the Real World in VR

The Great A.I. Awakening

by Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New York Times Magazine

How Google used artificial intelligence to transform Google Translate, one of its more popular services — and how machine learning is poised to reinvent computing itself

Prologue: You Are What You Have Read

Late one Friday night in early November, Jun Rekimoto, a distinguished professor of human-computer interaction at the University of Tokyo, was online preparing for a lecture when he began to notice some peculiar posts rolling in on social media. Apparently Google Translate, the company’s popular machine-translation service, had suddenly and almost immeasurably improved. Rekimoto visited Translate himself and began to experiment with it. He was astonished. He had to go to sleep, but Translate refused to relax its grip on his imagination. Continue reading The Great A.I. Awakening

Forget Drones – Google Explores Robot Delivery

by Will Knight, MIT Technology Review

Legged robots from Boston Dynamics can navigate a home, and even deliver a parcel, using advances in manipulation and vision.

The nimble-legged robots under development at a secretive Google subsidiary are getting ever more capable and clever.

At a conference in Barcelona this week, Marc Raibert, the CEO of Boston Dynamics, which specializes in dynamically balancing legged machines, demonstrated some of the progress his researchers have been making. Continue reading Forget Drones – Google Explores Robot Delivery

The Race For AI: Google, Twitter, Intel, Apple In A Rush To Grab Artificial Intelligence Startups

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Nearly half of the AI companies acquired since 2011 have had VC backing

Nearly 140 private companies working to advance artificial intelligence technologies have been acquired since 2011, with over 40 acquisitions taking place in 2016 alone. Corporate giants like Google, IBM, Yahoo, Intel, Apple and Salesforce, are competing in the race to acquire private AI companies, with Samsung emerging as a new entrant in October with its acquisition of startup Viv Labs, which is developing a Siri-like AI assistant, and GE making 2 AI acquisitions in November. Continue reading The Race For AI: Google, Twitter, Intel, Apple In A Rush To Grab Artificial Intelligence Startups