You can now use Google Maps to explore other moons and planets

You can explore the solar system from the comfort of your home.

Follow the last 30 years of humanity shaping the planet through the eyes of Google’s Timelapse

Bird’s eye view.

Popular voice assistants like Siri or Alexa easily hacked with ultrasonic commands

A rather glaring design flaw was recently discovered.

Google is shifting their focus from Search to artificial intelligence, CEO says

There’s a lot of data to be had — and Google wants it.

Google tool that calculates the solar energy potential of your rooftop expands to all 50 states

It’s never been easier to make an informed, market-based decision about going solar.

Book review: ‘The Power of Networks: Six Principles that connect our Lives’

A great introduction to how networks work.

“Zoom in. Now… enhance.” Well, Google just turned this old TV trick into reality

T-t-that’s pretty good actually.

Here’s how to stay safe from the latest phishing scam plaguing Gmail

Stay safe.

Google to run 100% on renewable energy in 2017

Google announced it will get all its 2017 energy from solar and wind.

Google asks Pixar, The Onion writers to make its helper more human-like

Can’t wait to see what they come up with.

Google’s Neural Machine can translate nearly as well as a human

It all happened because they let the program learn without interference.

How one Japanese used Deep Learning to sort his parents’ cucumbers

You don’t need to change the world for deep learning to have a meaningful impact in your life.

Google used DeepMind to cut their electricity bill by a whopping 15%

That adds up to a lot of money.

Google Translate names Russia “Mordor” without an orc in sight

In a rather hilarious turn of events, Google translate has been making some conversions that most people would find a tad inaccurate. When going from Ukrainian to Russian, the word “Russia” would show “Mordor,” “Russians” translated to “occupiers,” and Russia’s foreign minister Sergey Lavrov became “sad little horse.”

How big is Google’s code? It’s huge that’s for sure

Google’s Rachel Potvin took the stage @scale and hinted on just how many lines of code Google uses: a staggering 2 billion.

How Google Maps can tell if there are traffic jams

Ever wondered how Google Maps can predict traffic jams?

Google balloons to ring the Earth in 2016 — for Internet, not world domination

Connecting traditionally problematic areas of the world to the Internet is high on the list of many virtual giants already, and some time ago, in 2013, Google also stepped up to the challenge. Their solution was, in classic Google fashion, ambitious, simple, and light.

Is Google actually building its own cars?

Self-driving cars have a promising future, and leading the pack technologically is Google, now a household name that has long transcended its status as a search engine. First and foremost, Google is a technology company and its interest are aligned with anything cutting edge, whether it’s information technology or hardware (smart homes, smart appliances, cars). Since 2011 when Google first showcased its extremely successful self-driving Prius, later switched for a Lexus, the company has been making rapid progress. But Google rarely experiments just for the sake of it. Part of its philosophy is turning disruptive technology into a product, get it out to the people. But how do you go about self-driving cars, considering the auto business is one of the riskiest in the world? Well, just like it did with the Android for smartphones, Google could partner with the leading automakers supplying the technology. Indeed, Google confirmed this January that it had talks with General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Daimler and Volkswagen. But some highly interesting documents gathered by The Guardian suggests a possible alternate route. Google might actually build its own cars, all from scratch.

Neural network image processor tells you what’s going in your pictures

Facial recognition and motion tracking is already old news. The next level is describing what you do or what’s going on – for now only in still pictures. Meet NeuralTalk, a deep learning image processing algorithm developed by Stanford engineers which uses processes similar to those used by the human brain to decipher and interpret photos. The software can easily describe, for instance, a band of people dressed up as zombies. It’s remarkably effective and freaking creepy at the same time.

Google’s AI on LSD: what a robot’s dreams look like

In his book “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”, one of my favorite writers Philip K. Dick explores what sets apart humans from androids. The theme is more valid today than it ever was, considering the great leaps in artificial intelligence we’re seeing coming off major tech labs around the world, like Google’s. Take for instance how the company employs advanced artificial neural networks to zap through a gazillion images, interpret them and return the right one you’re looking for when you make a query using the search engine. Though nothing like a human brain, the networks uses 10-30 stacked layers of artificial neurons with each layer doing its job in incremental order to come to an “answer” by the final output layer is finished. While not dead-on, the network seems to return results better than anything we’ve seen before and as a by-product, it can also “dream.” These artificial dreams output some fascinating images to say the least, going from virtually nothing (white noise) to something’s that out of a surrealist painting. Who says computers can’t be creative?