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Erik Kay
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Why it's harder to be right than you think...

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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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My wife wanted a laptop to run her scrapbooking software. She's not one to install a bunch of random crap, so I figured that I could keep it fairly secure. Unfortunately it arrived while I was taking a nap. She logged in, searched for "Google chrome download" in IE, and clicked the first result. Two hours later, I'm over at an IT expert friend's house and still getting this. I'm starting to think we'll have to nuke it from orbit. Gosh, I hate Windows.
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Something my team's been working on that I'm extremely proud of.  If you're a Chromebook user, please give the apps a try when you get a chance - we'd love to hear what you think.
We’re adding the first set of Android apps to Chromebooks today, with more to come. Give them a try! http://goo.gl/KE0Tg0
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Import pictures to Google+ Photos faster on your Chromebook

We’re rolling out a faster, simpler way to import and upload your photos to Google+ Photos for Chromebook users:

* We’ve optimized the scanning, importing and backup processes. It's faster and more reliable.
* You can now pause the process at any time -- like when you’re on a slow connection, or giving a killer presentation to your boss.
* You can quickly find your most recently imported photos in a special album called “Last import” in the “Albums” tab.

To get started, just plug a camera or memory card into your Chromebook. Your photos and videos will be safely backed up to Google+ Photos (for your eyes only, of course).  You’ll get notified in the app when the backup is complete and your photos and videos are ready to share. 

Get the updated Google+ Photos app for your Chromebook today. 
http://g.co/chromephotos

#googleplusupdate
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I cannot recommend you enough to take 10 minutes today and watch Chrome Apps: State of the Union 2014 which sums up very nicely all the work that has been done to Chrome Apps since last year's Google IO: Managed In-App Payments, Unified GCM, enhanced Media Gallery API, the Mac App Launcher, the app_shell project and much more.

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when did "like a girl" become an insult?   #beproud   #likeagirl  

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Why coding isn't just for boys or technology....today, almost everything is made with code. 

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