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Evan Parker
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Another great Wait But Why post, this time about SpaceX and colonizing Mars. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
One of life’s great leaps may be just around the corner.
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Does solar make sense for your house? Check out Project Sunroof, a 20% project just launched by Google!

I did not directly work on this project, but I am proud of the way Sunroof uses 3D aerial imagery (the same 3D imagery we use in Earth view in maps.google.com, my previous project) to estimate solar incidence on roofs.
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I know some of the solar companies have been doing this for several years using Google imagery and estimating the roof pitch.  I wonder how making this data freely available will change the solar business?
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At the #HospitalForHope Annual Reception. Really cool to see many of the supporters of this wonderful project and to get to know some of them.

http://www.hospitalforhope.org
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Happy 10th birthday Google Earth!
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As Google Earth celebrates its 10th anniversary, it's evolving way beyond a way to find your house.
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All of these images were computer generated!

For the last few weeks, Googlers have been obsessed with an internal visualization tool that Alexander Mordvintsev in our Zurich office created to help us visually understand some of the things happening inside our deep neural networks for computer vision.  The tool essentially starts with an image, runs the model forwards and backwards, and then makes adjustments to the starting image in weird and magnificent ways.  

In the same way that when you are staring at clouds, and you can convince yourself that some part of the cloud looks like a head, maybe with some ears, and then your mind starts to reinforce that opinion, by seeing even more parts that fit that story ("wow, now I even see arms and a leg!"), the optimization process works in a similar manner, reinforcing what it thinks it is seeing.  Since the model is very deep, we can tap into it at various levels and get all kinds of remarkable effects.

Alexander, +Christopher Olah, and Mike Tyka wrote up a very nice blog post describing how this works:

http://googleresearch.blogspot.com/2015/06/inceptionism-going-deeper-into-neural.html

There's also a bigger album of more of these pictures linked from the blog post:

https://goo.gl/photos/fFcivHZ2CDhqCkZdA

I just picked a few of my favorites here.
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All I can say is "wow"
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Our design team just released Cardboard Design Lab. It helps you learn VR design principles by walking you through them in VR.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.vr.cardboard.apps.designlab
Enjoy an educational and immersive journey through principles for developin...
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The far side of the moon, illuminated by the sun, is seen as it crosses between our 'EPIC' camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite, and the Earth - one million miles away. Check it out: http://go.nasa.gov/1Dq0IOh #EarthRightNow
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It's Google Earth's 10th birthday! To celebrate, we're introducing a new feature, Voyager—try it now in desktop Earth #Earth10 http://goo.gl/viGlz2
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Just watched this. Great speech, very powerful.
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Movement helps thinking. So fidget away!
 
As I was reading this article, I realized I was shaking my leg, as I normally do when sitting.
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Education
  • Stanford
    Computer Science, B.S., 1999 - 2003
  • Stanford University
    Computer Science, M.S., 2003 - 2004
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Making Maps Magic
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I am a software engineer on Google Maps.  I love computer graphics, dancing, the great outdoors, gadgets, snowboarding, Google, reading, the Bay Area, and (last but not least) my family and friends.
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    Software Engineer, 2004 - present
  • Microsoft
    Software Engineer Intern, 2003 - 2003
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Google Lat Long: A new way to navigate the streets of Google Maps
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Titans of Space for Cardboard - Lessons Learned
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Warning: long post ahead! Well, this has been very interesting. After a good long while of ignoring Cardboard as a legitimate platform, I fi

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Real-life sharing rethought for the web, wherever you are. Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot sim

Nexus S – The new Android phone from Google
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Nexus S is the newest Android phone from Google. With Gingerbread, fast just got faster.

Google Earth
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Explore the world from the palm of your hand with Google Earth. Use Google Earth to fly around the planet with the swipe of a finger. Explor

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Kindle books on your phone including thousands of free books. No Kindle required The Kindle app is optimized for Android devices giving user

Chrome Beta
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Welcome to Chrome Beta for Android!- Preview the latest features: Try out the newest features. (Sometimes these may be a little rough around

Why Google+ Gets You In The Flow and Why It Is a Good Thing | Media Tapper
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Google+ is addictive. Once you get your stream going you keep finding new stuff that interests you and can ot stop doing it. Somehow the exp

Official Google Blog: Search, plus Your World
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Google Search has always been about finding the best results for you. Sometimes that means results from the public web, but sometimes it mea

Google Lat Long: Find treasure with Google Maps
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Archeological analysis has confirmed that our Google Maps Street View team has indeed found one of history's long lost relics: a treasure ma

Delivering Happiness
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As is par for the course in developing countries, tap water is non-potable in Ghana. Because I spend so much time at MEST where we have wate

Niantic Project
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Who are the Niantic Project, and what are they hiding? I'm digging things up as fast as I can....

Google Lat Long: 3D imagery now available on iPad and iPhone
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Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 8:52 AM. Today, we're happy to announce the availability of 3D imagery for Google Earth on the new iPad, iPad 2 a

Android @ I/O: the playground is open
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(Cross-posted on the Official Android Blog) Last year at Google I/O, we talked about momentum, mobile and more. This year, we're picking up

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Great food, good atmosphere and service. Overall a nice diner that we'll come back to regularly.
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Great pizza! No meat, but honestly the pizzas were so good that I didn't miss the best.
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Best deli around. I love the sandwiches!
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Excellent brunch, loved the eggs benny. Also liked the decor.
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Clean rooms, excellent buffet breakfast (with made to order eggs), free WiFi throughout the hotel (including in the rooms), staff speaks English, good location within walking distance to various restaurants and waterfront. Loved our stay here!
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Good food (though too salty), but slow service and very loud. Loved the desserts.
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The Gables Inn is a wonderful B&B with great old-world charm, comfortable rooms, yummy breakfasts (we liked the food so much that we bought their cookbook!), and a nice rural location set among vinyards but still close to town. We loved our stay there and would recommend it to others!
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