Yesterday I posted a photo on Facebook of my grandparents taken in 1917, 100 years ago. It got me thinking about what our future grandchildren will experience 100 years from now. Facebook and Google will record and preserve our life experiences for hundreds of years. Think about that.

I worked on my family genealogy over the holidays. My family landed in America in Beverly Massachusetts in 1628. There are no photos and very little text from that era, so getting a feel for the life and times of my ancestors is hard. Now imagine our future grandchildren being able to…


Innovation drives our industry, attracts the best talent, attracts investors, and wins huge fortunes for its leaders. Innovation leaders burst onto the scene, win early market share, disrupt the market leaders, but sometimes get disrupted themselves by new innovators. Why does this happen?

The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen has some answers. I have read the book several times over the years and always discover something new. Great book with lots of lessons for business and political leaders.

The book explores why successful market leading companies fail when faced with new technical innovations that are simpler, cheaper, and less functional…


“Google’s Hand-Fed AI Now Gives Answers, Not Just Search Results” (Wired, Nov 29): “These ‘sentence compression algorithms’ just went live on the desktop incarnation of the search engine. They handle a task that’s pretty simple for humans but has traditionally been quite difficult for machines. They show how deep learning is advancing the art of natural language understanding, the ability to understand and respond to natural human speech. ‘You need to use neural networks — or at least that is the only way we have found to do it,’ Google research product manager David Orr says of the company’s sentence…


In my job at Google I am reading and learning as much as I can about Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning. Along my machine learning journey I will share more news and links that might interest you.

“Google says its artificial intelligence has taught itself to ‘translate between languages that it doesn’t even know” (Daily Mail, November 27) “Google has built an algorithm that enables it to translate between languages that it doesn’t know. The so-called ‘zero-shot translation’ technology is a self-taught method of translating whereby Google Brain — the research collaboration that specializes in ‘deep learning’ projects…


Machine Learning will impact everything we do at Google. You can already see the results in Google products you use today. Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Big Data are buzzwords we hear every day. What do these words mean? How will Machine Learning make my life better? Let’s take a look.

What is Machine Learning? Isn’t that Artificial Intelligence? Not exactly. Let’s spend a minute defining the terms. AI is a high level term used to describe any approach to make a computer smart. AI started out as a programmed set of rules that could quickly sort through…

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Google, Microsoft, AltaVista, Napster — Machine Learning, AR/VR, IoT, Startups, Venture Capital

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