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Kartik Ayyar
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In 2016, we welcomed into the Google Brain team our first batch of Google Brain Residents (g.co/brainresidency). We just published a blog post about what the 27 residents have been up roughly halfway into their one year residency program. They're an impressive group and the vitality and energy they've added to our group has been fantastic!

The deadline for applying for this year's program is coming up on January 13th, so if you're interested in coming to the Brain team for a year to do research and be mentored by our research scientists, I would encourage you to apply.



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It's the one year anniversary of our initial open source release of TensorFlow. It's been really exciting see the vibrant community of researchers, students, scientists, and engineers across a wide range of companies, universities and other organizations that have all come together to both use TensorFlow in their own work, as well as to work together to improve TensorFlow for everyone. TensorFlow had achieved a lot for a one-year-old, but it's still early in its life!

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TensorFlow 0.8 was released today, and had a number of nice improvements. It also takes the earlier changes for distributed models and packages them up so that they're easier to use. The blog post also has some scalability numbers for the distributed implementation for training a convolutional image recognition model.

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Pretty fun course.
My Deep Learning Course with Udacity is live!

Four lectures and corresponding TensorFlow notebooks to learn about deep nets, convnets, embeddings, RNNs, and all the tricks to make them work!

Very excited to finally share, this was a lot of fun to put together.

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We’ve got a new look that reflects all the ways you use Google, across platforms, apps & devices. Enjoy! http://goo.gl/di6dCT

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Really excited about our big news, announcement of Alphabet!

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Many of you are reading this post while living in a city. And you can probably think of a ton of ways you’d like your city to be better—more affordable housing, better public transport, less pollution, more parks and green spaces, safer biking paths, a shorter commute... the list goes on!

Many cities around the world have already made a lot of progress in some of these areas—for instance, developing dashboards to measure and visualize traffic patterns, and building tools that let residents instantly evaluate and provide feedback on city services. But a lot of urban challenges are interrelated—for example, availability of transportation affects where people choose to live, which affects housing prices, which affects quality of life. So it helps to start from first principles and get a big-picture view of the many factors that affect city life. Then, you can develop the technologies and partnerships you need to make a difference.

So I’m very excited about +Sidewalk Labs​, a new company we’ve announced today. (The press release is at www.sidewalkinc.com if you want to read more).  Sidewalk will focus on improving city life for everyone by developing and incubating urban technologies to address issues like cost of living, efficient transportation and energy usage. The company will be led by Dan Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor of Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City of New York. Every time I talk with Dan I feel an amazing sense of opportunity because of all the ways technology can help transform cities to be more livable, flexible and vibrant.  I want to thank +Adrian who helped to bring Dan on board.

While this is a relatively modest investment and very different from Google's core business, it’s an area where I hope we can really improve people’s lives, similar to Google[x] and Calico. Making long-term, 10X bets like this is hard for most companies to do, but Sergey and I have always believed that it’s important. And as more and more people around the world live, work and settle in cities, the opportunities for improving our urban environments are endless. Now it’s time to hit the streets and get to work!

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We've self-driven nearly 1 million miles, now averaging around 10,000 self-driven miles a week—that's just a bit less than a typical American driver logs in a year! We've learned a lot about how people drive on the road and where incidents commonly occur. Learn more: https://goo.gl/oIul2t

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