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It's not all about moonshots.
 
Google's re:work team has published in their blog a one-pager I wrote internally at Google a couple of years ago about one of our most successful (and less publicized) approaches to innovation.
Google’s “moonshot factory” is inspiring and ambitious, but there’s a less talked-about route to many of Google’s great achievements -- the consistent, short-term, incremental “roofshots” that make our products better year after year.
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So awesome.
 
Tensor Processing Units (TPUs)
I'm very excited that we can finally discuss this in public. Today at Google I/O +Sundar Pichai revealed the TPU (Tensor Processing Unit), a custom ASIC that Google has designed and built specifically for machine learning applications. We've had TPUs deployed in Google datacenters for more than a year, and they are an order of magnitude faster and more power efficient per operation than other computational solutions for the kinds of models we are deploying to improve our products. This computational speed allows us to use larger, more powerful machine learned models, expressed and seemlessly deployed using TensorFlow (tensorflow.org) into our products, and to deliver the excellent results from those models in less time.

TPUs are used on every Google Search to power RankBrain (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RankBrain), they were a key secret ingredient in the recent AlphaGo match against Lee Sedol, they are used for speech and image recognition, and they are powering a growing list of other smart products and features.

+Norm Jouppi and the rest of the team that developed this ASIC did a fabulous job, and it's great to see it discussed in public!

Blog post:
https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2016/05/Google-supercharges-machine-learning-tasks-with-custom-chip.html

Link to the part of the keynote where Sundar discusses TPUs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=862r3XS2YB0&feature=youtu.be&t=7300

WSJ article:
http://www.wsj.com/articles/google-isnt-playing-games-with-new-chip-1463597820

Edit: Added a link and some text.
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Google DeepMind's AlphaGo system is playing top human Go player Lee Se-dol for the first time.  Building a computer system capable of beating a human at Go (an ancient Chinese board game) has been a holy grail of AI research for a long time (for computers, this is way more difficult than chess; Go is generally considered to require the use of intuition to play well). Until recently, a computer beating the best human player was considered at least 10 years away.  Many did not expect to ever see it happen. I can't wait to see who wins.

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I've gotta say, I'm glad to see that LS won game 4. I was starting to feel pretty bad for him. Tough gig.
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This is an interesting article, a different way of approaching the big question, "what do you want?"

Who you are is defined by the values you are willing to struggle for. People who enjoy the struggles of a gym are the ones who get in good shape. People who enjoy long workweeks and the politics of the corporate ladder are the ones who move up it. People who enjoy the stresses and uncertainty of the starving artist lifestyle are ultimately the ones who live it and make it.
Everybody wants what feels good. Everyone wants to live a carefree, happy and easy life, to fall in love and have amazing sex and relationships, to look perfect and make money and be popular and well-respected and admired and a total baller to the point that people part like the Red Sea when…
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This pretty well sums up my experience growing up (http://replygif.net/557).
We’re an enigma, those of us born at the tail end of the '70s and the start of the '80s.
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on the plan to sequence all icelanders, to find patterns of disease.
In the ninth century there was a Norwegian Viking named Kveldulf, so big and strong that no man could defeat him. He sailed the seas…
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A good cause.
 
My friend Monique is probably one of the bravest people I know. Not only did she face the loss of her son to cancer with great courage, but she also went on shaving her hair all off yesterday morning to raise funds and awareness to fight this horrible disease.

Please show her some support. To make a donation,
http://nsw.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/MHosking

To create awareness, please share this post.
‪#‎FuckYouCancer‬

Thank you.
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+Marta McGreevy​, you need to see this.
 
This is cool. Difficult & time consuming, but fascinating images are created as a result. Hopefully the exhibition comes to the west coast of California sometime soon.
https://vimeo.com/157712307
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Time for Pell to face the music.

I can't imagine he'll listen to this song, though: he's not exactly known for considering the viewpoint (or authority) of anyone outside of the church hierarchy.
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Shit Real Estate Agents Say

"We are pleased to advise that the vendors of the following properties have entrusted the sale of their home to be professionally marketed through our agency. We apologise in advance for any extra traffic flow which may occur in your area over the next coming weeks."

Listen buddy, if I get trampled to death by your stampeding horde of buyers, an advance apology ain't gonna cut it.
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put the trash cans in the drive so everyone and their monkey can't turn around on your drive!
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I was reading a book which included the phrase "in these days of political correctness..." talking about no longer making jokes that denigrated people for their culture or for the color of their skin.

And I thought, "That's not actually anything to do with political correctness.  That's just treating other people with respect."

I started imagining a world in which we replaced the phrase "politically correct" wherever we could with "treating other people with respect" and it made me smile.

You should try it.  It's peculiarly enlightening.

I know what you're thinking now.  You're thinking "Oh my god, that's treating other people with respect gone mad!"

-- Neil Gaiman​
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