“Matthew Green, a cryptography professor at Johns Hopkins University in the US, just encountered the popup and expressed his dismay.
« I don’t want my browser keeping track of my browsing history to help serve me ads, and I definitely don’t want my browser sharing any function of my browsing history with every random website I visit, » he said via Twitter.
And VC Paul Graham has derided ad targeting tech as spyware. Google has offered repeated reassurances that its Topics API does not allow companies to identify those whose interests inform its ad API. But some developers claim Topics may be useful for browser fingerprinting and both Apple and Mozilla have said they won’t adopt Topics due to privacy concerns.”
“Google plans to combine the team working on the mapping service Waze with the group overseeing the company’s Maps product, as the search giant faces pressure to streamline operations and cut costs. Google plans to merge Waze’s more than 500 employees with the company’s Geo organization, which oversees the Maps, Earth and Street View products, beginning on Friday, according to a Google spokeswoman. Waze CEO Neha Parikh will exit her role following a transition period, the spokeswoman said. Google said it planned to maintain Waze as a stand-alone service and didn’t plan to conduct any layoffs as part of the reorganization.”
“What if robots could be as easy to use as computers are today? The Intrinsic team has been developing software and AI tools that use sensor data from a robot’s environment so that it can sense, learn from, and quickly adapt to the real world. The team hopes that by making industrial robots easier to use, they can enable people to make products and build businesses that we can only just begin to imagine.”
Source : Intrinsic – X, the moonshot factory
“This computational work represents a stunning advance on the protein-folding problem, a 50-year-old grand challenge in biology. It has occurred decades before many people in the field would have predicted. It will be exciting to see the many ways in which it will fundamentally change biological research”.
“We trained this system on publicly available data consisting of ~170,000 protein structures from the protein data bank together with large databases containing protein sequences of unknown structure. It uses approximately 16 TPUv3s (which is 128 TPUv3 cores or roughly equivalent to ~100-200 GPUs) run over a few weeks, a relatively modest amount of compute in the context of most large state-of-the-art models used in machine learning today.”
“On an annual basis, Google says YouTube generated $15 billion last year and contributed roughly 10 percent to all Google revenue. Those figures make YouTube’s ad business nearly one fifth the size of Facebook’s, and more than six times larger than all of Amazon-owned Twitch.”
“Today, in 2019, if the company was a person, it would be a young adult of 21 and it would be time to leave the roost. While it has been a tremendous privilege to be deeply involved in the day-to-day management of the company for so long, we believe it’s time to assume the role of proud parents—offering advice and love, but not daily nagging!”
Source : A letter from Larry and Sergey
“AlphaStar is the first agent to achieve Grandmaster level in StarCraft II, and the first to reach the highest league of human players in a widespread professional esport without simplification of the game. Like StarCraft, real-world domains such as personal assistants, self-driving cars, or robotics require real-time decisions, over combinatorial or structured action spaces, given imperfectly observed information. Furthermore, similar to StarCraft, many applications have complex strategy spaces that contain cycles or hard exploration landscapes, and agents may encounter unexpected strategies or complex edge cases when deployed in the real world. The success of AlphaStar in StarCraft II suggests that general-purpose machine learning algorithms may have a substantial effect on complex real-world problems.”
“Pour relier le futur quartier au centre-ville, la société engage la collectivité à créer une nouvelle ligne de métro léger et propose, magnanime, de lui prêter les fonds. Enfin, estimant qu’on ne peut pas innover dans les vieux cadres réglementaires, Sidewalk Labs suggère qu’on le laisse créer cinq organes de gouvernance ad hoc pour gérer les transports, l’urbanisme, les déchets, etc., en lieu et place des autorités municipales existantes. « Cela reviendrait à créer une zone économique spéciale, avec une privatisation de la gouvernance : c’est un accaparement du pouvoir, doublé d’un accaparement de terres et d’un accaparement de données », fulmine Thorben Wieditz.”
“Waymo is in advanced talks to develop autonomous cars with Renault SA, Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., according to people familiar with the matter, in a move that would join a leading self-driving force with the world’s largest automotive alliance.”
“After training our agents for an additional week, we played against MaNa, one of the world’s strongest StarCraft II players, and among the 10 strongest Protoss players. AlphaStar again won by 5 games to 0, demonstrating strong micro and macro-strategic skills. “I was impressed to see AlphaStar pull off advanced moves and different strategies across almost every game, using a very human style of gameplay I wouldn’t have expected,” he said. “I’ve realised how much my gameplay relies on forcing mistakes and being able to exploit human reactions, so this has put the game in a whole new light for me. We’re all excited to see what comes next.”