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Richard DeVaul
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Attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Just for fun. This is me doing a 405 lbs straight bar dead lift with no straps or weight belt for assist. I go for two reps, do one solid and have a grip problem and abort the second. A new personal best. 
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+John McIntyre Yeah, but they're as irresistible as Timbits.

I know they're bad for me, but I keep on going back for more.
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I'm attending the MIT Media Lab 30th Anniversary event. It has been great to see old friends and make new ones. The lab is heading in a good direction. #medialab30 
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Yep.  This happened.
The change in corporate structure is meant to reflect that the company has essentially become a collection of disparate businesses.
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Are all the ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ employees going to get extra wide business cards?
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Ever wonder what we do on the Rapid Eval team and Design Kitchen at Google [x]? This is a great video from my team-mate +gabriella levine that shows you what it's all about.
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What fun!
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As someone with a gun safe in the garage, I am probably not the intended audience. But even if you don't think you agree with this guy, watch this video and (1) laugh your ass off, and (2) think about the argument.
 
"There's one argument and one argument alone for having a gun, and this is the argument..."

Warning: contains strong language.
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Heh. That was funny. And more respectful of both sides than many in his place on stage might have been.
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Yep.  News flash!  Global warming continues to be real. Because Science, y'all.  Denial doesn't change reality.
 
The oceans absorb the energy of four atomic bombs every second.

#ClimateChange
Dana Nuccitelli: The study shrunk the surface warming slowdown and drew out the anti-science conspiracy theorists
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Me and my good friend Nicholas Negroponte at #ML30, the 30th anniversary party for the MIT Media Lab. 
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Yup. I'd like to see how it actually worked out.
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This should be pretty interesting.  Check it out.
 
"On You: A Story of Wearable Computing" is opening at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA this week
(http://www.computerhistory.org/visit/)

Clint Zeagler and I are setting it up today.  The exhibit shows why devices like Glass, Fitbit, LG Tone Pro, and Vuzix M100 were not possible until recently due to challenges in power, networking, mobile input, and display.  We have approximately 50 head-mounted displays as part of the exhibit.

Here is a preview:
https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/exhibit/wearable-computing/gQuZsQUI?hl=en-GB
Spend a day at the Computer History Museum. Find out why computer history is 2000 years old. Learn about computer history´s game-changers in our multimedia exhibitions. Play a game of Pong or Spacewar! Listen to computer pioneers tell their story from their own perspective.
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Google’s attempts to fight the surveillance gag order angered the government, with the Justice Department stating that the company’s “resistance to providing the records” had “frustrated the government’s ability to efficiently conduct a lawful criminal investigation.”
The Obama administration fought a three-month legal battle against Google to secretly obtain the email records of Jacob Appelbaum, a security researcher and journalist associated with WikiLeaks.
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This is a great capsule summary of the Loon project's ballooning evolution.  I was heavily involved in our design process up through Ibis, and consulted quite a bit on the Merlin, though my colleague   Kevin Roach gets the major props for being our primary envelope designer.  Fun fact -- when we test launched Grackle I, we didn't use any helium as a "booster" so as to get the purest assessment of a solar-only flight.  The only problem was that the winds were too high at launch, which kept the balloon too cool for proper takeoff.  The result was that Grackle rolled along the countryside with our operations team (and myself as camera man) in hot pursuit.  The image in the gallery showing the pursuit of Grackle I was actually from the video I shot, sprinting after our badass operations team.  Grackle I was taken down by a knife wielding Marine, Paul Acosta, who was launch commander on that operation.  Another fun fact -- when we were doing our initial launches with sounding balloons, we didn't refer to them as Pterodactyl, it was the Icarcus design.  It was only later that we called sounding balloon flights by the Pterodactyl designator to distinguish them from other flights. 
 
Today, Project Loon turns two! It’s been quite a journey—16 million kilometers to be precise—since we first connected sheep farmer Charles Nimmo to the Internet during our 2013 pilot test.

Our earliest tests started back in 2011, using a weather balloon and basic, off-the-shelf radio parts. These tests showed that balloon-powered Internet might just work, but the team knew that weather balloons wouldn't be a long term solution since they aren’t built to last in the stratosphere. So, our balloon enthusiasts got down to work and asked: if we wanted to bring balloon powered Internet to the whole world, what type of balloon would we need to build?

We started by building much, much bigger balloons able to hold equipment capable of beaming connectivity 20 km down to the earth below—starting with our modestly larger early Albatross design, all the way up to our 141-foot-long Hawk and beyond. To ensure there’s always a balloon overhead to provide connection, we needed to build a system that can manufacture these balloons at scale, leading to our latest balloon design, the Nighthawk, the likes of which has never been seen before.

Take a peek into our archives to see how our balloons have developed over time to deal with these challenges, from our very first ‘prehistoric’ balloons all the way to our latest flock design.
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A great talk by my boss +Astro Teller at Google I/O explaining the Google [x] philosophy.  Check out the video.
Venture inside Google[x] for an in-depth conversation with Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots, who will discuss one of the hardest parts of the innovation process -- the part where you come into contact with the real world, and learn what’s wrong with what you’ve done so far. He’ll explain why failure is so important to the innovation process at Google[x], and how we relentlessly seek out contact with the harsh realities of weather, physics, huma...
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Engineer, Scientist, Innovation Professional.
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  • Google
    Rapid Evaluation Team Leader, Chief Technical Architect of Project Loon, present
    Special projects development, Google [x]
  • Apple
    Senior Prototype Scientist, 2010 - 2011
  • AWare Technologies
    CTO, 2004 - 2010
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Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Mountain View, CA 94041 - Somerville, MA - College Station, TX - Ames, IA - Morgantown, WV - Houston, TX - Baltamore, MD
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mad science! romance! poorly chosen taglines!
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Hi.  I'm the Rich DeVaul who does innovation leadership at Google [x].  I've also worked for Apple, co-founded a tech startup called AWare and did wearables stuff as part of my Ph.D. work at MIT in the late '90s and early '00s.  I'm a Black Rock Ranger, a serious amateur cellist, and some-time fire performer. I ride skateboards a lot, surf and snowboard, and climb rocks and ice when the opportunities present themselves. 

If you are looking for someone of the same name that does psychiatry and medicine you are probably looking for my dad.
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Leader of the Google [x] Rapid Evaluation Team,, Founder and chief technical architect, Google [x] Project Loon, Black Rock City Ranger and Sandman lead
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  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Media Arts and Sciences Ph.D., 1999 - 2004
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Media Arts & Sciences M.S., 1997 - 1999
  • Texas A&M University
    Architecture B.E.D., 1989 - 1994
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