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Google CEO Sundar Pichai: 'I don't know whether humans want change that fast' | Technol... - 0 views

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    "Pretty much every great thing gets started by a small team."
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Google says AI better than humans at scrubbing extremist YouTube content | Technology |... - 0 views

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    "Google has pledged to continue developing advanced programs using machine learning to combat the rise of extremist content, after it found that it was both faster and more accurate than humans in scrubbing illicit content from YouTube."
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Everybody lies: how Google search reveals our darkest secrets | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "People will admit more if they are alone than if others are in the room with them. However, on sensitive topics, every survey method will elicit substantial misreporting. People have no incentive to tell surveys the truth.

    How, therefore, can we learn what our fellow humans are really thinking and doing? Big data. Certain online sources get people to admit things they would not admit anywhere else. They serve as a digital truth serum. Think of Google searches. Remember the conditions that make people more honest. Online? Check. Alone? Check. No person administering a survey? Check."
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Wake up! Amazon, Google, Apple and Facebook are running our lives | Hannah Jane Parkins... - 0 views

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    "It is time now for two things: for people to wake up and realise how much our lives are dominated by such a small number of Silicon Valley bros, one hand in their jean pocket announcing their next move, and for tech companies to acknowledge their power and influence and become truly accountable."
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Real life CSI: Google's new AI system unscrambles pixelated faces | Technology | The Gu... - 0 views

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    "Google's neural networks have achieved the dream of CSI viewers everywhere: the company has revealed a new AI system capable of "enhancing" an eight-pixel square image, increasing the resolution 16-fold and effectively restoring lost data.

    The neural network could be used to increase the resolution of blurred or pixelated faces, in a way previously thought impossible; a similar system was demonstrated for enhancing images of bedrooms, again creating a 32x32 pixel image from an 8x8 one."
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The Great A.I. Awakening - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    "Everybody wondered: How had Google Translate become so uncannily artful?"
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Google Maps Palestine row: why neutrality in tech is an impossible dream | Leigh Alexan... - 0 views

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    "Imagine if it would have more of an impact for Palestine to be recognised as a sovereign country by Google than by the UN. It's a suggestion that's caught fire - a five-month-old online petition demanding Palestine be labeled and bordered in Google Maps has gained more than 250,000 signatures just over the past few days."
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'Three black teenagers': anger as Google image search shows police mugshots | Technolog... - 0 views

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    "A simple Google image search highlighted on Twitter has been said to highlight the pervasiveness of racial bias and media profiling.

    "Three black teenagers" was a trending search on Google on Thursday after a US high school student pointed out the stark difference in results for "three black teenagers" and "three white teenagers"."
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Algorithmic cruelty: when Gmail adds your harasser to your speed-dial / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "It's not that Google wants to do this, it's that they didn't anticipate this outcome, and compounded that omission by likewise omitting a way to overrule the algorithm's judgment. As with other examples of algorithmic cruelty, it's not so much this specific example as was it presages for a future in which more and more of our external reality is determined by models derived from machine learning systems whose workings we're not privy to and have no say in. "
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Google's DeepMind beats Lee Se-dol again to go 2-0 up in historic Go series | The Verge - 0 views

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    "Google stunned the world by defeating Go legend Lee Se-dol yesterday, and it wasn't a fluke - AlphaGo, the AI program developed by Google's DeepMind unit, has just won the second game of a five-game Go match being held in Seoul, South Korea. AlphaGo prevailed in a gripping battle that saw Lee resign after hanging on in the final period of byo-yomi ("second-reading" in Japanese) overtime, which gave him fewer than 60 seconds to carry out each move."
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Google self-driving car hits a bus - BBC News - 0 views

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    "One of Google's self-driving cars crashed into a bus in California last month. There were no injuries.

    It is not the first time one of Google's famed self-driving cars has been involved in a crash, but it may be the first time it has caused one. "
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Can Google's AlphaGo really feel it in its algorithms? | John Naughton | Opinion | The ... - 0 views

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    "The really significant thing about AlphaGo is that it (and its creators) cannot explain its moves. And yet it plays a very difficult game expertly. So it's displaying a capability eerily similar to what we call intuition - "knowledge obtained without conscious reasoning". Up to now, we have regarded that as an exclusively human prerogative. It's what Newton was on about when he wrote "Hypotheses non fingo" in the second edition of his Principia: "I don't make hypotheses," he's saying, "I just know.""
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Google, NASA's quantum computer is 100 million times faster than yours - 0 views

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    "Google and NASA announced at an event at NASA's Ames Research Center that the D-Wave quantum computer they bought in 2013 has proven itself to be 100 million times faster than a conventional single-core computer"
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Teens can't tell the difference between Google ads and search results | The Verge - 0 views

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    "only 31 percent of 12- to 15-year-olds could identify the ads in Google's search results"
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Would a Google car sacrifice you for the sake of the many? - Medium - 0 views

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    "But what will robot cars be programmed to do when there's lots of them on the roads, and they're networked with one another?

    We know what we as individuals would like. My car should take as its Prime Directive: "Prevent my passengers from coming to harm." But when the cars are networked, their Prime Directive well might be: "Minimize the amount of harm to humans overall." "
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Google reveals driverless car prototype | Technology | theguardian.com - 0 views

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    "Google reveals driverless car prototype

    First of 100 test vehicles is unveiled with no steering wheel or pedals, two seats and a top speed of 25mph"
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UK set to ban Google Glass for drivers | Technology | theguardian.com - 0 views

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    "A spokesman for the department told Stuff, a gadget magazine, that the device could distract drivers while they are behind the wheel, defining Glass as a similar distraction to a mobile phone."
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Google defends listing extremist websites in its search results | Technology | guardian... - 0 views

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    "Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, was asked to act to take down terrorist-sympathising websites from his search engines during a question and answer session at the literary festival on Saturday.

    This weekend MPs, including the Labour politician Paul Flynn, called on the company to prevent searches listing sites for groups such as the Islamist organisation Al Shabaab.

    Schmidt said: "We cannot prima facie identify evil and take it down. We have taken the decision that information if it's legal, even if it's despicable, will be indexed.""
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