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30 years ago or so I heard the theme to the TV show "Moonlighting", and discovered someone new, to me. It was a pleasure. Farewell.

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Last week, we launched a new feature for Google Maps for Android across 25 US cities that offers predictions about parking difficulty close to your destination so you can plan accordingly. Today, we talk about the machine learning + crowdsourcing techniques that makes this feature possible. Learn more on the Google Research blog, below.

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360deg perspective of Chinese New Year parade. Despite what you may see in the news, NY was pretty festive last week. Fireworks, parades, kung-fu battles in the kitchens, pork bun and dumpling induced comas.....



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Publish your data people!
We have recently published new guidelines to help data providers describe their datasets in a structured way, enabling Google and others to link this structured metadata with information to facilitate data discovery for others.

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We've released a wsd data set. Have fun with it
Understanding the various meanings of a particular word in text is key to understanding language, but for a computer, distinguishing between these meanings is so difficult that it has been described as “AI-complete”.

In order to help further progress on this challenge, we’re happy to announce the release of word-sense annotations on the popular MASC and SemCor datasets, manually annotated with senses from the NOAD. Learn more in the Research blog, linked below.

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I lost another friend today and the world lost another hero. #RIPGeneCernan Here's my statement about Gene's passing:
buzzaldr.in/genecernan

Statement about Gene Cernan

Today we lost yet another hero. Gene Cernan and I met for the first time when we were selected for the third group of astronauts in November of 1963. We started our training together in January of 1964 and eventually worked together as the backup crew of Gemini 9. He was a Navy guy and I was Air Force so there was always a friendly dose of ribbing and trying to one up each other that continued to this day. We had the very interesting task of training together on the maneuvering unit – a jet pack like George Clooney used in the movie “Gravity”, which was a fascinating project and was quite complicated. Unfortunately, NASA felt it was too risky so we weren’t able to use it during our Gemini missions.

I left NASA before Gene’s mission to the Moon on Apollo 17 but of course followed it closely with the rest of the world. He served the nation extremely well on his mission with Ron Evans and the first scientist astronaut, Jack Schmitt. It was the final mission to the Moon but our hopes had been that we would press forward and eventually be on Mars as the next destination. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened and Gene is the last person to step foot on another celestial body. He was the last man on the moon and he wasn’t happy about that and continually stressed that he didn’t want to be the last.

Gene was probably the strongest spokesman for astronauts for lunar travel and advocating a return to the moon. He made multiple trips to Washington to give testimony along with Neil Armstrong and Jim Lovell to promote NASA and not losing our pioneering spirit. He wasn’t really a Mars guy like me, but he cared deeply about continuing manned space exploration.

Us astronauts will always remember his cheerful and smiling approach to everything. With the passing of the First Man – Neil Armstrong, and the passing of the Last Man – Gene Cernan, it is up to us Middle Men to carry on spirit of Apollo into the future for our Nation and the world.

BUZZ


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"Don’t worry about disobedient machines. Devious human masters and misunderstood commands are the real threat".

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Eduroam, cocktails, and live jazz. Trifecta.
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By dramatically reducing highway deaths, self driving cars will nearly eliminate the main supply chain for organ donation. 
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