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Very proud that Google's Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat have been elected into the Academy of Arts & Sciences.  MapReduce, GFS, NoSQL, TensorFlow...yep, both art and science :-)
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Dan Luu with an excellent set of Notes on Google's Site Reliability Engineering book: "this is the most valuable technical book I’ve read in the past year." http://danluu.com/google-sre-book/
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Just my copy yesterday, looking forward to reading it.
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Whoa!  Real-time facial manipulation.  Awesome demo...in German but you don't need to know any German to recognize how awesome it is.  
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Informatiker haben eine Software entwickelt, mit der sie die eigene Mimik auf andere Personen übertragen. Was Videofälscher freuen dürfte, soll der Forschung dienen.
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Great stuff. Many good and bad things can happen with this technology.
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Great video -- it's not natural for computers to have a natural sounding voice, and the new text-to-speech system sounds great.
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Complex science
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Step inside a Google data center with our virtual reality tour. Best viewed in cardboard but it works well on phones too, move your phone to look around. 
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Incrível, qual sera o próximo passo?
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Apropos AlphaGo, I like Freeman Dyson's answer to this question.

"I do not believe that machines that think exist, or that they are likely to exist in the foreseeable future. If I am wrong, as I often am, any thoughts I might have about the question are irrelevant.

If I am right, then the whole question is irrelevant."
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Thinking pertains solely to humans, and at some degree in animals. Machines can emulate intelligent behavior based on data up to the point h@s creator wants. Nerve system is the distinguishing element. Long live Blade Runner!
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The Woz talks up a storm -- fun to watch.
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I think passionate people has the ability to reach beyond, create, grow. That includes learning, +Andre Amorim
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Talk about being better than anyone else: Stephen Curry's 3-point record is off the charts, literally.  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/04/16/upshot/100000004335202.mobile.html?_r=1
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That is just beautiful data!
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Nice idea.
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The biggest invention since the invention of the bike itself! 
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May I suggest virtual children as well then? Solves a whole bunch of problems.
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No April Fool's joke: 56 million events/sec processed, 35 Gbytes/sec of sustained throughput to our implementation of HBase (Bigtable).   And yes we could do much more if needed.
 
Learn how FIS Global used Cloud Bigtable and Cloud Dataflow to analyze 25 billion stock market events in just an hour: https://goo.gl/Xwd1mX #NoOps
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On how many nodes? SSD - backed? 
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Almost a year ago (on April 1st) we introduced Google Actual Cloud. What will we introduce next?

Find out tomorrow at GCP Next: https://cloudplatformonline.com/NEXT2016.html
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The most interesting server center visit I've ever taken part ;)
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