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Robert Love
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We have it within ourselves to remake the world.
We have it within ourselves to remake the world.

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You can follow me on Twitter, too:

https://twitter.com/rlove

Or Instagram:

https://instagram.com/realrlove/

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Photos around the Berkshires, Massachusetts.
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Berkshires, Massachusetts 2015
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""So in the coming months, a Google Account will be all you’ll need to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel and more, all across Google. YouTube will be one of the first products to make this change, and you can learn more on their blog. As always, your underlying Google Account won’t be searchable or followable, unlike public Google+ profiles. And for people who already created Google+ profiles but don’t plan to use Google+ itself, we’ll offer better options for managing and removing those public profiles.""

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"Netflix has 5.3 million DVD subscribers, a significant falloff from its peak of about 20 million in 2010."

Interesting piece on balancing the future and the past.

Via +The New York Times. 

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Good history of government-mandated backdoors, such as Clipper, and their flaws.

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Exciting opportunities & challenges:

""In a recent interview at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., Mr. Singhal laid out a widely held thesis for why smartphones are fundamentally changing how people are consuming information: Phones have small screens that are annoying to type on, and people have grown so addicted to their phones that they carry them everywhere and go to bed with them by their side. Also, in a shift with big implications for his company’s sway over the Internet, smartphone users spend the bulk of their time in mobile apps instead of the open web on which Google built its business.

Add it all up, and “you have to rethink what search means pretty much from first principles,” he said.""

Via +The New York Times.

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Summer and sailing on Nantucket.
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Nantucket, Massachusetts, Summer 2015
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The XKEYSCORE system is impressive in its poor design. Duct tape and chicken wire, spying on the world.

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+Google Cloud Platform and +Broad Institute team up on genomic data processing.

The team is hiring for this in Cambridge, too.

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Weird and fascinating at once.
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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2015-06-17
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