They want to make cars that make drivers better. We want to make cars that are better than drivers. — Google’s Anthony Levandowski talking about the self-driving car project in a long New Yorker profile. (via parislemon)
Nexus 5 (16GB, Black) - Devices on Google Play -
The most awaited android device of the year, now available on Play Store India page, Black color model out of inventory for now.
Rates of US Adoption of Consumer Technologies
This chart tracks rates of adoption from 10% to 90% penetration in the US.
The interesting trend here is that the lines are getting more and more vertical, indicating that new technologies are becoming adopted faster as time goes on.
The next revolutionary product would be a perpendicular on the time axis and the time is not much farther.
Google’s Machine Learning Algorithms Outpacing Engineers’ Ability to Understand How they Work
“Google no longer understands how its “deep learning” decision-making computer systems have made themselves so good at recognizing things in photos.
What stunned [Google Software Engineer] Quoc V. Le is that the software has learned to pick out features in things like paper shredders that people can’t easily spot – you’ve seen one shredder, you’ve seen them all, practically. But not so for Google’s monster.
Many of Quoc’s pals had trouble identifying paper shredders when he showed them pictures of the machines, he said. The computer system has a greater success rate, and he isn’t quite sure how he could write a program to do this.
Google researchers can no longer explain exactly how the system has learned to spot certain objects, because the programming appears to think independently from its creators, and its complex cognitive processes are inscrutable. "
(via The Register ht algopop)
Seems a little scary, will computers really make humans slave one day as is the case in most Sci-Fi movies of yesteryear, Is this the start of it?
Snapchat surpasses Facebook in photo uploads -
Users at Snapchat now upload around 400 million photo and video messages daily.
Instagram at 55 million per day is not even in the race. But I still don’t understand Snapchat neither its $3 billion acquistion offer, makes me feel I am getting old.
Twitter goes Public tomorrow for $26 per share.
The evolution of Google’s Nexus Phones!
G R A V I T Y - Fan made movie poster !