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Peter Norvig
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  • Google
    Research Director, 2001 - present
  • Sun
    Senior Scientist, 1991 - 1994
  • Harlequin
    Chief Designer, 1994 - 1996
  • Junglee
    Chief Scientist, 1996 - 1998
  • NASA
    Division Chief, 1998 - 2001
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Peter Norvig is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and the Association for Computing Machinery. At Google Inc he was Director of Search Quality, responsible for the core web search algorithms from 2002-2005, and has been Director of Research from 2005 on.

Previously he was the head of the Computational Sciences Division at NASA Ames Research Center, making him NASA's senior computer scientist. He received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Award in 2001. He has served as an assistant professor at the University of Southern California and a research faculty member at the University of California at Berkeley Computer Science Department, from which he received a Ph.D. in 1986 and the distinguished alumni award in 2006. He has over fifty publications in Computer Science, concentrating on Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing and Software Engineering, including the booksArtificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (the leading textbook in the field), Paradigms of AI Programming: Case Studies in Common LispVerbmobil: A Translation System for Face-to-Face Dialog, and Intelligent Help Systems for UNIX. He is also the author of the Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation and the world's longest palindromic sentence.

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    Applied Math, 1974 - 1978
  • Berkeley
    Computer Science, 1980 - 1985
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Just donated to 'Forests, our only major renewable energy'. Give $1. Change a lot. https://onetoday.google.com/p/PK9AA5tX
Did you know? Our national forests are declining by an average of 10,000,000 acres per year while only 30,500 acres a year are restored.
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If we were creating plastic fiberglass lumber from carbonic acid extracted from seawater ( http://talknicer.com/co2extraction.pdf which just so happens to be the most efficient form of desalination as well) then we would not need to harvest cut timber.
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Did you know? Pneumonia is the number one cause of death in children under age five, killing more children than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined.
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I thought of you when I read this quote from "Reading and Writing the Electronic Book" by Catherine Marshall -

"In an influential keynote that Brown University professor Andreas van Dam delivered to the ACM Hypertext conference in 1987, he said: The reason I encouraged such annotations [in FRESS] was that I remembered that when I was in college with Ted [Nelson], I would always grab the dirtiest copy of a book from the library, rather than the cleanest one , because the dirtiest ones had the most marginalia, which I found helpful (van Dam 1988)."

Start reading this book for free: http://amzn.to/1IEgnW5
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+Peter Norvig Quora ended up with an okay set of questions on Buffett's op-ed: http://www.quora.com/Is-Warren-Buffett-right-that-increasing-the-earned-income-tax-credit-is-a-good-way-to-help-the-poor-%E2%80%94-and-that-its-unclear-whether-or-not-raising-the-minimum-wage-is-a-good-thing-to-do

But this Forbes analysis is a little better if you can handle the excruciating prose: http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2015/05/25/warren-buffetts-right-but-not-correct-raise-the-eitc-not-the-minimum-wage/

The hypothesis I would like to test is whether the EITC is better than a direct unemployment safety net providing a living wage, which many European countries have but Buffett says will reduce employment incentives.

If only there were some way to strongly encourage people from two different US states to try strong attempts for each alternative so that the actual outcomes could be observed. Maybe there is some way to reach a large number of people to perform such an experiment. Hint, hint!
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Just donated to 'Hope Center: Children with Disabilities'. Give $1. Change a lot. https://onetoday.google.com/p/09t7_ysw
Did you know? Outside of the capital city of Ethiopia children have little to no access to care for physical or mental disabilities.
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Let's do this together. Give $1 and I will match it for 'Give Medicine to a Sick Child'. https://onetoday.google.com/m/YhFV9Ay2
Did you know? One child under five dies every 4 seconds, most from treatable and preventable diseases.
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Let's do this together. Give $1 and I will match it for 'Canine Rehabilitation Project'. https://onetoday.google.com/m/13PX9eRD
Did you know? Canine intervention has been proven to help the cognitive behavioral therapy process in more than 79% of people who suffer from compulsive behaviors.
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Let's do this together. Give $1 and I will match it for 'Stand with Virunga's rangers.'. https://onetoday.google.com/m/aiaf3pso
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