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Understanding the inner workings of neural networks

March 12th, 2018

Neural networks are a powerful approach to machine learning, allowing computers to understand images, recognize speech, translate sentences, play Go, and much more. As much as we’re using neural networks in our technology at Google, there’s more to learn about how these systems accomplish these feats. For example, neural networks can learn how to recognize…

One Shining AI Moment: when machine learning meets your bracket

March 12th, 2018

The stats. The uniforms. Sheer wild guesses. Everyone has a strategy for making their picks for the NCAA’s March Madness tournament. But this year there’s a new play in the book: machine learning. Google Cloud has teamed up with the NCAA to host a competition on Kaggle, the world’s largest online community of data scientists,…

The She Word: Winnie Lam, helping Google do the right thing for the planet

March 9th, 2018

Editor’s Note: The She Word is a Keyword series all about dynamic and creative women at Google. This week, Google and the World Wildlife Fund announced the Global Coalition to End Wildlife Trafficking Online. We sat down with Winnie Lam, who works on our environmental sustainability team, to learn more about this effort and what…

The High Five: new words light up in Search

March 9th, 2018

The world learned about new words—whether from Merriam-Webster or Frances McDormand— this week. Here are a few of the week’s top-searched trends (with data from the Google News Lab): The words of our generation:“Dumpster fire,” once relegated to internet-speak, has made it into the official lexicon—one of 850 new words that Merriam-Webster added to the…

Putting Mario on the Map

March 9th, 2018

We know a true Mario fan when we see one. They hum the Super Mario Bros. background music on repeat, daydream about collecting gold coins and 1-UP mushrooms, and want nothing more than to traverse the Mushroom Kingdom with Luigi, Toad, and Yoshi to rescue Princess Peach from Bowser. To celebrate our favorite mustachioed plumber-turned-racer on his…

More ways to use the Google Assistant, from your phone to your fridge

March 9th, 2018

While I typically use my Google Assistant to play music, control my lights and set timers, it’s easy to dream about what else could be possible—like an Assistant that could help organize my sock drawer or bring me a cold drink while relaxing on the couch. While on its own the Google Assistant isn’t there…

“Pup View” from the home of Japan’s adorable Akita dogs

March 9th, 2018

Akita dogs, which hail from the snowy mountainous region in the north of Japan, are big, fluffy, and incredibly loyal. What better way to start off the Year of the Dog than with a visit to the home of these lovable pooches in Ōdate city. Now, Street View can take you there in an instant….

Tune into new posts from musicians on Search

March 8th, 2018

Today we’re making an update that puts your favorite musicians center stage on Search. The next time you’re wondering about Lorde’s upcoming tour dates or Steve Aoki’s new music video, you can hear the update directly from them—plus Sia,Son Little,Sofi Tukker,Shakira, andKygo—through a post in Search. When you look up one of these musicians, you’ll…

Celebrating women’s voices around the world on International Women’s Day

March 8th, 2018

As a woman, a mother to an amazing daughter, a sister, a wife, a leader and a passionate women’s rights advocate, it’s been incredible to bear witness to the groundswell of support for gender equality this past year. We’ve watched women find their voices, and seen the world begin to listen more actively. In fact,…

Empowering women-led businesses on the Map and around the world

March 7th, 2018

This year, celebrate International Women’s Day by supporting a women-led business. Starting this week, businesses can now identify as owned, led, or founded by women, by enabling the women-led attribute from their Google My Business dashboard. Attributes appear on a business’s Google listing on Maps and Search and give customers more details like “Has Wi-Fi”…