NPR reports that a new version of Google’s AlphaGo Zero software became a Go master by learning to play the game only by playing itself, i.e., only by using reinforcement learning (as opposed to supervised learning). Per the report in Nature.com, “AlphaGo Zero achieved superhuman performance, winning 100–0 against the previously published, champion-defeating AlphaGo.”
inc.com has this article about a Google study that shows that the best managers use emotional intelligence.
Several media outlets are reporting that Google is introducing their Neural Networks API in developer preview of Android 8.1. TechCrunch has a well-written article that includes this:
“The big highlight here is the new Neural Networks API, which brings hardware-accelerated inference to the phone for quickly executing previously trained machine learning models. Bringing these calculations to the edge can bring a lot of utility to the end user by reducing latency and load on the network, while also keeping more sensitive data on-device.”
cornell.edu has a good page on how the basic part of Google’s PageRank algorithm works. If you ever wonder why math is important in programming, that algorithm made Google billions and billions of dollars.
If you were ever interested in learning about research at Google, here’s their Research at Google website.
To create this graphic, someone Google’d all the queries for “Why is [state] so” (like, “Why is Illinois so”), and mapped the first Google auto-complete result onto each state. Makes me want to spend some time in the “haunted” states.
(They actually Google’d these queries in 2014. Makes me wonder what the current results look like.)
The New York Times has this article on how Silicon Valley’s attitude towards Donald Trump changed in less than 36 hours. The photo shows Sergey Brin, Google co-founder and refugee, joining a protest at the airport in San Francisco.
Fortune has a good article on the Google Brain research team, their products, and technology.