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Chris Vukin
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A big part of the issue is Doctors not knowing how AI/NN/ML works and Engineers not knowing what their NN/ML needs for IO in their models. Pictures are the simplest of tasks to train NN on, it's well hashed. The challenge ahead is translating CDS(clinical decision support) into actual NN/ML models. Can't wait :)

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Vodo and Google I/O

It has been a pretty wild two weeks. Our goal was to re-launch before Google I/O, and we barely made it. (In fact, we got a notice that the latest version deployed while in the middle of the I/O Keynote.)

At I/O itself, we had a lot of really good reactions from the Google Assistant team, mostly in the form of "Oh, you're Vodo Drive?" followed by questions about how to pronounce it. Apparently that confused them for a while.

There were a lot of announcements about the Assistant at I/O, and I wanted to let you know how Vodo Drive fits into some of them. Available immediately in Vodo Drive:

* You can use it on your Google Home, Google Assistant on Android, and Google Assistant on iOS. (I don't have an iPhone, but people tell me it works.) We've now updated the website to reflect this.

* You can get to the directory entry for Google Drive from http://vodo-drive.com/, and from there you can authorize it or try it out.

Additionally, we learned a lot of things, so we're making some changes that we hope to have in place soon:

* There are now some basic analytics in the tools we use, which help us identify where people are having problems. The biggest one is in signing up in the first place - so we'll be making some changes to get you going faster the first time you use Vodo Drive. This will include automatically providing a copy of the example spreadsheet in a default folder we'll create.

* Related to this, Google has an improved login and sign-up routine. We'll be shifting to these over the next two releases which we hope will make it easier to get started.

* We also learned a lot about building conversations. While we were doing some things fairly well, we realize there is a lot more we can learn and do. Expect a bunch of additions here over time, including some smarter defaults and better (more natural) ways to talk.

* With the new Android and iOS assistants came some new visual components like links and cards. We aren't sure how well these will work with Vodo, but we have some thoughts and we'll start to experiment. Be sure to give us feedback on what works and what doesn't.

Beyond that, we have a lot of things planned to take advantage of new features:

* Notifications are now available for mobile devices, and hopefully soon for Home. We'd like to start working to take advantage of this feature as soon as we can and bring back a feature we loved on Glass.

* Right now, we're limited by Google to only running on devices that speak US English, but they're promising other language support this summer. We'll be making some changes internally to support these additional languages soon after Google releases access to them.

* Command aliasing is something you can do now, and we'll be providing some examples of how you can take advantage of this (along with some actions on our side to make you want to).

And, of course, we have some ideas of what we want to enhance Vodo Drive to do beyond the changes from Google, such as:

* Handle more layouts of spreadsheets, including todo and shopping lists, simple calculations on demand (like summing a column), and supporting named ranges

* Better use of rows, including lookups based on row headers and selecting which row to work with

* Much more flexible data entry and data querying - particularly to set multiple values at once if you want

* Support for other file formats - such as photos (with content identification) and text

But most of all - we want to make Vodo something you'd find useful. We think providing conversational voice control over sophisticated tools, like spreadsheets, will enable you to do amazing things. We want to hear from you about what you'd like to see, and we're trying our darndest to deliver as quickly as we can.

This picture emphasizes that point. It was from +Brad Abrams' overview of Google Assistant for developers. In it, he emphasizes that the goal of Google Assistant is to "help[] you get things done in your world" (emphasis mine). It is about making it as easy as possible to just do the things you need to do. That's been our goal as well - and we are really glad you're a part of it with us.

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What a day, little one so weak it can hardly walk.. local rescue on the way.. #savealife
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What a gorgeous day, enjoy the day :)
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Just like with the cars! Hope you didn't short the stock..
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