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+Sundar Pichai has been Google's CEO since last August, when we restructured the company to separate out a lot of our more far-flung ventures into Alphabet. However, he's a far more low-profile figure than (say) Larry Page, Tim Cook, or Elon Musk; someone who can still wander around the Consumer Electronics Show without being recognized. As a result, many people haven't had a chance to get a sense of who he is.

So it's great to see this piece by +Mathew Honan about him: it talks about him as a person, and his vision for the future of the company and of technology. I think the piece captures him well, and it shows why I've been really enjoying working for him this past year or so.

h/t +Don McArthur for finding this!
You may not know him by name just yet, but he's one of the most powerful people alive. Google's new CEO Sundar Pichai wants to bring the internet to the rest of the world, all while winning back yo...
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For years, emissions by almost every major manufacturer have been higher out on the road than when tested in labs.
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The flawed ambient monitoring testing is probably worse than you can imagine.  Connecticut's monitoring network is shown at http://www.ct.gov/deep/lib/deep/air_monitoring/ct_airmonitors2013.pdf.  There are 11 monitoring stations for ozone which is caused by NOx and VOCs reacting with sunlight to create smog.  If you look at the map, 6 of the 11 monitoring stations are along the southern border of Connecticut.  Because the prevailing wind comes from the west and up the coast, these monitors actually represent emissions that are generated by power plants, industry, and automobiles in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania – not from Connecticut.  Also note that these 6 monitors are located along the heavily traveled I-95 corridor.  However, if any of these monitors trips the allowable ozone concentration by 1 ppm, it means the entire state of Connecticut is considered to have unhealthy air.  Although that is obviously pretty stupid, it’s even worse because EPA then requires Connecticut to come up with a plan to lower allowable emissions levels.  Because Connecticut has no control over emissions from other states, and it has no control over emissions from all the cars, trucks and buses along I-95 (EPA sets those standards), it is forced to lower allowable emissions from power plants and industry, which forces companies to install the most stringent air pollution control equipment in the country to attack a problem that it clearly can’t solve.  It’s insane.

We have excellent data from these 11 monitoring sites because each location has a very large shed or a mobile trailer containing very expensive monitoring equipment that is continuously calibrated to stringent EPA standards, and the data is continuously generated all day long.  But all it takes is an exceedance at one of the 11 sites for EPA to determine that the entire population of Connecticut was exposed to unhealthy air.  To be accurate, EPA takes the average of the fourth highest reading in an entire year, and looks at a 3-year average of those numbers, and then compares it to the 8-hour ozone standard of 0.075 ppm to determine whether the state needs to tighten their emission limits.  EPA proposed earlier this year to lower that standard to somewhere between 0.065-0.070 ppm, which will clearly put more of the United States in non-compliance with the new standard and allow environmental organizations to say that even more of our country is exposed to unhealthy air.

You are right – we need more data because the data we have is certainly not representative of the air the majority of people breathe, and we need smaller instrumentation so that it is easier to locate monitoring stations throughout the state instead of next to major highways.  However, with the “speed” EPA moves, it would take decades for them to revise their nationwide monitoring network, or the way they determine compliance.
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The sustained schedule of 80- to 100-hour working weeks, which the macho male academic claims has got him where he is today, is a myth.
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Maybe I should consider a new career working for Gear Patrol. They recently did an awesome Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour, wrote a nice article about Rotel audio equipment and now I see this:

http://gearpatrol.com/2015/07/03/louis-lunch-profile/

+Gear Patrol are you guys hiring? I can write code and stuff...
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This is amazing! I hope these guys crush the Kickstarter record for number of backers. Good luck!!! (and thank you)

https://www.birchbox.com/guide/article/slip-cup-beer-pong
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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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#TBT: A view of the landfill in Cambridge, MA that would eventually become home to MIT in 1916. Watch to learn more: http://mitsha.re/Z1RNT 

Photo courtesy of the MIT Museum. 

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Very interesting!
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This is the dumbest product I have seen in a long time.
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It has the warmth of vinyl and the edginess of digital compression, all in one product.
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Fun fact: Beats by Dre are made mostly of plastic... plus a few metal weights to give the illusion of quality.

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