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Inspired by my recent work in the last 4 months that I can't talk about publicly yet:
- Machine learning is pretty cool.
- Machine learning with data is pretty darn cool.
- Machine learning with big data is really cool.
- Machine learning that actually does inference and generalization with big data is super cool.
- Machine learning that actually generalizes big data, and has application in recommendation or end-user applications and keep me up at night because I want to do more programming so that I can see it in a real product ASAP, is beyond cool.

:)  Yes, I like working at Google-scale.
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Sounds like fun! Definitely envious.
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Wow! Must read about equal opportunity.
 
Just watched a Q&A segment from 1:01:30 - 1:05:00 on Upworthy. FWIW, here's a manual transcript I made of the segment:

Question from audience [which appears 90% female, and 100% white]: On the Larry Summers question, What's up with chicks in science?

Moderator: Slightly off-topic, but nonetheless interesting.

[Off-camera panel member]: It's science education.

Moderator: Right. Does anyone want to field that question, about whether there are maybe genetic differences between men and women that explain why more men than women are in science? Anyone want to touch that?

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: I've never been female [laughter], but I have been black my whole life.

So let me perhaps offer some insight from that perspective, because there are many similar social issues related to access, to equal opportunity, that we find in the black community as well as the community of women in a white male-dominated society. And I'll be brief, because I want to try to get more questions.

I've known I wanted to do astrophysics, since I was 9 years old, since my first visit to the Hayden planetarium. I was a little younger than Victor at the time, although he did it before I did.

So I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expression of these ambitions, and all I can say is the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist, was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of nature, the forces of society. Any time I expressed this interest, teachers would say "Don't you want to an athlete?" I wanted to become something that was outside of the paradigms of expectation of the people in power.

And so fortunately, my depth of interest in the universe was so deep, and so fuel-enriched, that every one of these curve balls that I was thrown and fences built in front of me and hills that I had to climb, I just reached for more fuel and I kept going.

Now here I am, one - I think - of the most visible scientists in the land, and I want to look behind me and see where are the others who might have been this, and they're not there. And I wonder how, who, what is the blood on the tracks, that I happened to survive, that others did not, simply because the forces of society prevented it, at every turn. 

To the point where I have security guards following me as I go through department stores, presuming that I'm a thief. I walked out of a store one time, and the alarm went off, and so they came running to me. I walked through the gate at the same time a white male walked through the gate. And that guy just walked off with the stolen goods, knowing that they would have stopped me, and not him. That's an interesting sort of exploitation. What a scam that was. People should do that more often. [laughter] 

So my life experience tells me that when you don't find blacks in the sciences, you don't find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them to get where I am today.

So before we start talking about genetic differences, you got to come up with a system where there's equal opportunity. Then we can have that conversation.
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Great read on the SF housing "crisis".
Today, the tech industry is apparently on track to destroy one of the world's most valuable cultural treasures, San Francisco, by pushing out the diverse..
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Little wonder SFBA companies expanding in Seattle  
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Pollution in Asia might be responsible for the bad american weather this past winter? Whoa if true. Published in PNAS. 
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This is pure genius.
 
Teehee.
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There is definitely some good UX work at Google, and we need a lot more of it like this:
 
Check out the brilliant +Sian Townsend and +Jonah Jones talking about the insights that inspired the new Google Maps design in Google Design Minutes.

I'm so proud!
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好國好民-Peuple de bonté, pays de beauté (330全球串聯捍…: http://youtu.be/ESPCa2SKlnU
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『「巴黎呼叫臺灣總部~」
「收到了!」
巴黎鐵塔下,群起歡呼那一刻畫面,真讓人感動…

在很久前曾聽過以色列的事,當他們國家有難時,散佈全世界的遊子會紛紛響應。
曾何幾時,我們也是。』
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Slide to unlock prior art.
 
Thanks all for your interesting comments on this early work.  I am curious to see what will happen, but have little interest in the patent fights. I just wish all that money was spent on university research instead of legal battles, so we could all work on the next generation of interfaces.
 
1) A correction:  I was not on Microsoft payroll  when this work was done (never was).   This work was supported by the State of Maryland and a small startup MD company called Custom Command doing very early business in home automation.   The touchscreen controls we prototyped at the University of Maryland were later used by the company to control everything in the luxury homes of their clients, e.g. to control lights, music, climate control, security systems (e.g. unlocking doors).

2) A clarification: yes the knob of the slider (or whatever graphic we used for our sliding controls) moved along with the finger.  The slider would also snap back to the original position if the finger was lifted before the end of the sliding gesture (but that was left as an option, so if you turned off the option you could make the control less secure and allow a simple touch to activate. This is what is shown at the end of the video with the rocker example in its less secure mode).   

HCIL videos like this one were used extensively in HCI classes over the years (even at a time when they were distributed as VHS tapes)  http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/pubs/video-reports.shtml#1991  
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    Staff Research Scientist, 2011 - present
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    Area Manager and Principal Scientist, 2007 - 2011
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Staff Research Scientist at Google (embedded in Google+) focusing on HCI and Social Computing
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Disclaimer: This is my personal G+ account, and represents mainly my own personal opinions, and does not represent Google in any official way.

Ed H. Chi is a Staff Research Scientist at Google, working on the Google+ project.  Ed was the Area Manager and a Principal Scientist at Palo Alto Research Center's Augmented Social Cognition Group. He led the group in understanding how Web2.0 and Social Computing systems help groups of people to remember, think and reason. Ed completed his three degrees (B.S., M.S., and Ph.D.) in 6.5 years from University of Minnesota, and has been doing research on user interface software systems since 1993. He has been featured and quoted in the press, including the Economist, Time Magazine, LA Times, and the Associated Press.

With 20 patents and over 80 research articles, his most well-known past project is the study of Information Scent --- understanding how users navigate and understand the Web and information environments. Most recently, he leads a group of researchers at PARC to understand the underlying mechanisms in online social systems such as Wikipedia and social tagging sites. He has also worked on information visualization, computational molecular biology, ubicomp, and recommendation/search engines. He has won awards for both teaching and research. In his spare time, Ed is an avid Taekwondo martial artist, photographer, and snowboarder.

In 2012, Ed was the Technical Program Chair for ACM CHI2012 conference, the premier conference on Human-Computer Interaction research. 

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  • University of Minnesota
    B.S., minor in Math, 1992 - 1994
  • University of Minnesota
    M.S., minor in Scientific Computation, 1994 - 1996
  • University of Minnesota
    Ph.D., 1996 - 1999
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