AI successfully pretending to be human

AI

At the recent Google I/O conference there was a demo of Google’s new Duplex AI Assistant. It was quite frankly amazing, so rather than describing it, you can instead see it yourself. Here is that demo … As you listen to it making real calls to book an appointment, you find that not only is … Read moreAI successfully pretending to be human

Practical Notes: Using Google to find out what is really true?

Today I’ll try something slightly different and will instead offer a few notes on how to leverage Google to find stuff out. I should however start with one very important observation, Google search is just a tool, and like any other tool it is perhaps akin to a piece of rope that you can either climb with … Read morePractical Notes: Using Google to find out what is really true?

Pac-Man is now available in Google Maps … yes really

Nothing serious today, time for a break. So when it comes to April 1st, Google won the Internet for the day (and perhaps every other day as well). Go to Google Maps, click any location, then right beside the usual satellite view, click that new logo, and it renders the map into a Pac-Man game that … Read morePac-Man is now available in Google Maps … yes really

Spanner – Google’s GPS-powered database

Have you ever wondered how Google manages to cope with the ever increasing volumes of data? Well, we have some new insights. Google has published a paper about Spanner, their scalable, multi-version, globally-distributed, and synchronously-replicated database. It is the first system (so they claim) to distribute data at global scale and support externally-consistent distributed transactions. The … Read moreSpanner – Google’s GPS-powered database

Internet Petition to clean up Google Scholar

I’m sure you are familiar with Google Scholar .. its basically Google with its search scope narrowed down to scholarly literature such as articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions … all sourced from reliable and trusted academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Sounds great. Alas, a little problem has … Read moreInternet Petition to clean up Google Scholar