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DeepMind and Google: the battle to control artificial intelligence
Hassabis thought DeepMind would be a hybrid: it would have the drive of a startup, the brains of the greatest universities, and the deep pockets of one of the world’s most valuable companies. Every element was in place to hasten the arrival of AGI and solve the causes of human misery.

Demis Hassabis was born in north London in 1976 to a Greek-Cypriot father and a Chinese-Singaporean mother. He was the eldest of three siblings. His mother worked at John Lewis, a British department store, and his father ran a toy shop. He took up chess at the age of four, after watching his father and uncle play. Within weeks he was beating the grown-ups. By 13 he was the second-best chess player in the world for his age. At eight, he taught himself to code on a basic computer.

Hassabis officially founded DeepMind on November 15th 2010. The company’s mission statement was the same then as it is now: to “solve intelligence”, and then use it to solve everything else. As Hassabis told the Singularity Summit attendees, this means translating our understanding of how the brain accomplished tasks into software that could use the same methods to teach itself.

It’s an impressive demo. But Hassabis leaves a few things out. If the virtual paddle were moved even fractionally higher, the program would fail. The skill learned by DeepMind’s program is so restricted that it cannot react even to tiny changes to the environment that a person would take in their stride – at least not without thousands more rounds of reinforcement learning. But the world has jitter like this built into it. For diagnostic intelligence, no two bodily organs are ever the same. For mechanical intelligence, no two engines can be tuned in the same way. So releasing programs perfected in virtual space into the wild is fraught with difficulty.
google  ai  story  uk  game  startup 
5 weeks ago by aries1988
如何在手机上查看搜索引擎快照? - 小众软件
使用方法也非常简单,只需要在网址前面添加 就行了。
howto  google 
january 2019 by aries1988
A Year of Google Maps & Apple Maps
Google Maps's Quiet Transformation
google  map 
june 2017 by aries1988
Your Search History Shows Your Secret Side
What our Google searches reveal about us. It’s not always the face we show to the world.
podcast  data  google  howto 
may 2017 by aries1988
There’s a big problem with AI: even its creators can’t explain how it works

In 2015, researchers at Google modified a deep-learning-based image recognition algorithm so that instead of spotting objects in photos, it would generate or modify them. By effectively running the algorithm in reverse, they could discover the features the program uses to recognize, say, a bird or building. The resulting images, produced by a project known as Deep Dream, showed grotesque, alien-like animals emerging from clouds and plants, and hallucinatory pagodas blooming across forests and mountain ranges.
ai  health  medical  cancer  problem  communication  today  human  google  art  visualization  algorithm 
april 2017 by aries1988
podcast  map  google  museum  art  list  moi 
april 2017 by aries1988
The End of Reflection
If you are awake for 16 hours, turning on or checking your phone 85 times means doing so about once every 11 minutes (and doesn’t account for internet use on a computer), and 5.05 hours is over 30 percent of the day.

Being distracted by the second task didn’t hurt actual performance on the first task, but it did impair the subjects’ ability to be introspective (again, by accurately self-reporting how they did). The finding supports previous widespread evidence that multitasking leads to lower cognitive performance. (With, again, other studies showing some beneficial effects of multitasking.)

Finding moments to engage in contemplative thinking has always been a challenge, since we’re distractible, said Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows. But now that we’re carrying these powerful media devices around with us all day long, those opportunities become even less frequent, for the simple reason that we have this ability to distract ourselves constantly.

Nevertheless, he sees our current direction as indicative of the loss of the contemplative mind, he said. We’ve adopted the Google ideal of the mind, which is that you have a question that you can answer quickly: close-ended, well-defined questions. Lost in that conception is that there’s also this open-ended way of thinking where you’re not always trying to answer a question. You’re trying to go where that thought leads you. As a society, we’re saying that that way of thinking isn’t as important anymore. It’s viewed as inefficient.
thinking  research  today  reading  brain  device  human  google  zeitgeist 
june 2016 by aries1988
Museum of the World
Welcome to The Museum of the World – an interactive experience through time, continents and cultures, featuring some of the most fascinating objects in human history. The project is a partnership between the British Museum and Google Cultural Institute. For the first time ever, discover objects from the British Museum’s collection from prehistory to the present using the most advanced WebGL (Web Graphics Library) technology available. Jump back in time to explore objects from across diverse cultures and listen to British Museum curators share their insights. Click to connect objects across time and space, and discover hidden links between then and now. Take a look around, explore and learn something new! Enjoy your visit.

The website was designed and built by WEIR+WONG. All sound effects are provided under license from
online  map  history  museum  google  presentation  world  comparison  civ  photo  interactive 
december 2015 by aries1988
Google Just Open Sourced TensorFlow, Its Artificial Intelligence Engine | WIRED
But after they’ve been trained—when it’s time to put them into action—these neural nets run in different ways. They often run on traditional computer processors inside the data center, and in some cases, they can run on mobile phones. The Google Translate app is one mobile example. It can run entirely on a phone—without connecting to a data center across the ‘net—letting you translate foreign text into your native language even when you don’t have a good wireless signal. You can, say, point the app at a German street sign, and it will instantly translate into English.
google  opensource  ai 
november 2015 by aries1988
The Ghosts in Our Machines - The New Yorker
The confluence of emotions, when I registered what I was looking at, was unlike anything I had ever experienced—something akin to the simultaneous rush of a million overlapping feelings. There was joy, certainly—“Mom! I found you! Can you believe it?”—but also deep, deep sadness. There was heartbreak and hurt, curiosity and wonder, and everything, seemingly, in between.
story  parents  google  map  love  death  memory  serendipity 
november 2015 by aries1988
Bécassine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Seen as a stereotype and remnant of the contempt with which the Bretons were long seen, she is the typical provincial girl as seen by the more refined city people of Paris, the target audience of the young girls' magazine La Semaine de Suzette. But over the course of the stories, and coupled with the success she has, she is depicted more and more favourably. "Bécassine" is a nickname, derived from the French word for a number of birds of the family of the snipe, which is also used as a way of saying "fool" in French.
cartoon  google  france  people  caricature 
february 2015 by aries1988
Google Is Target of European Backlash on U.S. Tech Dominance
Perceptions in Europe have been gradually changing over Google’s dominance. The company commands about two-thirds of the United States search market, according to comScore, but close to 90 percent in Europe, excluding Russia.

Anger over mass data collection by the American government has only amplified the concerns. Jérémie Zimmerman, a co-founder of the French Internet activist group La Quadrature du Net, said that when people told him now that they worked for Google, he says, “How do you like working for the N.S.A.,” referring to the National Security Agency.

“Many users were lured by the convenience and comfort of the services,” he said, but he added that the revelations by the former N.S.A. contractor Edward J. Snowden revealed that Google was part of a “massive breach of our security, of our data and of our sovereignty.”

“Taken together, all these issues point to the pressing need for E.U.-wide common approaches to the challenges posed by Google and other players in the digital era,” Joaquín Almunia, Europe’s competition regulator, said in a speech this summer. “Their centrality for Europe’s economy and their pervasive presence in the lives of the vast majority of our fellow citizens are turning this into one of the defining domains of E.U. policy making.”
google  today  europe  conflict 
september 2014 by aries1988
Inside Google’s Secret Drone-Delivery Program
“What excited us from the beginning was that if the right thing could find anybody just in the moment that they need it, the world might be radically better place,” Teller said.

“Google X has this experience all of the time in all of these different projects,” Teller said. People count all the problems created by our current way of life as zero because that's what we’re used to as the societal default, he contended. Conversely, people immediately see the negatives of any new thing. “We are not deaf to those issues and we’re really eager to talk to society about how to mitigate those,” Teller said. “But part of our conversation with society is about us listening, but also trying to remind the people that we talk to that the place we’re starting from is not zero. In this case, for delivery, cars, airplanes create a very large carbon footprint and have a lot of safety issues.”

The idea goes like this: Because people can’t assume near-instantaneous delivery of whatever they need, they stockpile things. They might have a bunch of batteries, slowly decharging in a drawer, or a drill that they use for 10 minutes a year. Each of these things is a personal possession that sits around, embodying all this energy and industrial effort unproductively.
google  reportage  drone  idea  buy  lifestyle  future  engineering 
august 2014 by aries1988
Burkhard Bilger: Inside Google’s Driverless Car : The New Yorker
“Neural networks are like black boxes,” Pomerleau says. “That makes people nervous, particularly when they’re controlling a two-ton vehicle.”
reportage  technology  google 
december 2013 by aries1988
Ex-CIA analyst finds mysterious Chinese complex on Google Earth (Wired UK)
Ex-CIA analyst finds mysterious Chinese complex on Google Earth
google  earth  fun 
january 2013 by aries1988
Google Now: behind the predictive future of search | The Verge
How Google learned to un-fragment itself and create the next big thing Here’s how it works: The first layer of neurons looks for very simple things, like angled lines or colors. If it sees something that matches, it fires off a signal. There’s then a second layer of neurons, which simply pays attention to sets of neurons firing from the first layer. As you add in more and more layers with the same behavior, you essentially add in layers of conceptual abstraction until, at the very top layer, there’s a neuron that has trained itself to recognize cats 15.8 percent of the time. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the computer “understands” cats in a conscious way, but the effect of it being able to recognize something like a cat without direct human training is what’s important. “With a lot of other machine learning techniques,” Dean explains, “you often have to do a lot of work to hand-engineer exactly the right features […] Whereas with a neural network you can feed in much rawer forms of data.” In a single app, the company has combined its latest technologies: voice search that understands speech like a human brain, knowledge of real-world entities, a (somewhat creepy) understanding of who and where you are, and most of all its expertise at ranking information. Google has taken all of that and turned it into an interesting and sometimes useful feature, but if you look closely you can see that it's more than just a feature, it's a beta test for the future.
instapaper_favs  google  future 
october 2012 by aries1988
Evernote + Google地圖 搞定旅行大小問題:港澳行動篇 | 電腦玩物
这次的港澳旅行,我并没有去深入研究太多厉害的在地Apps。 相对的,我选择专注在活用Evernote、Google地图两大工具,用最简单的方法和软体来「最大可能」的满足所有旅行需求。
googlereader  google  map  howto  data  hongkong  travel 
october 2012 by aries1988
Evernote + Google地圖 搞定旅行大小問題:港澳行動篇
這次的港澳旅行,我並沒有去深入研究太多厲害的在地Apps。 相對的,我選擇專注在活用Evernote、Google地圖兩大工具,用最簡單的方法和軟體來「最大可能」的滿足所有旅行需求。
Evernote  google  map  howto  travel 
october 2012 by aries1988
韩国 doodle:感恩节 2012 | 谷奥——探寻谷歌的奥秘
中秋节在朝鲜语称“추석(秋夕)”“중추절(仲秋节)”“가배(嘉俳)”“중추(仲秋)”“가배일(嘉俳日)”“중추가절(仲秋佳节)”。是扫墓并用新收获的谷物和果实祭祀先祖的日子。回乡探亲,向亲朋戚友送礼亦是过中秋节的习俗。所以英文亦叫朝鲜中秋节做“韩国感恩节”(Korean Thanksgiving Day)。
googlereader  korea  culture  google  doodle 
september 2012 by aries1988
PageRank Algorithm Reveals Soccer Teams' Strategies - Technology Review
这个文章好有创意,介绍使用PageRank算法研究球队战术——”PageRank Algorithm Reveals Soccer Teams' Strategies“: 。
data  analysis  discovery  google  science  sports 
august 2012 by aries1988
Let the Robot Drive: The Autonomous Car of the Future Is Here
As we drive the Google car—or are driven by it—I watch the action unfold on the computer monitor mounted on the passenger side of the dashboard. It shows how the car is interpreting the world: lanes, signs, cars, speeds, distances, vectors. The rendering is nothing special—a lot of blocky wireframe that puts me in mind of Atari’s classic Battlezone. (The display is just one of a host of geeky details—to change lanes, for instance, the driver presses buttons marked Shift and Left on a keyboard near the monitor.) Yet it is absolutely fascinating, almost illicitly thrilling, to watch as the car not only plots and calculates the myriad movements of neighboring vehicles in the moment but also predicts where they will be in the future, like high-speed, mobile chess. Onscreen, the car is constantly “acquiring” targets, surrounding them in red boxes, tracing raster lines to and fro, a freeway version of John Madden’s Telestrator. “We’re analyzing and predicting the world 20 times a second,” Levandowski says.
driving  google 
august 2012 by aries1988
Apple vs. Google: Lessons from Bill Gates’ playbook — Tech News and Analysis
Apple and Google may have fundamentally different strategies, but I believe that both companies have derived their own truths from seven core attributes from Microsoft’s playbook:
google  apple  microsoft  comparison 
april 2012 by aries1988
谷歌GPS地图是由whudee开发的一个免费的增强版Google地图浏览、下载工具,能够轻松保存任意尺寸的地图为图片文件,它可以加载Google Maps(国际版)卫星图及Google地图(中国版)的卫星图、地形图和道路图。
google  map  gps  china 
september 2011 by aries1988
Geek to Live: Find free music on the web
-inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:"index of" +"last modified" +"parent directory" +description +size +(wma|mp3) "Kleptones"
download  hack  music  google 
january 2011 by aries1988
Panoramio - 世界照片
photo  web2.0  google  map  travel 
july 2009 by aries1988

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