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Google and Harvard map brain connections in unprecedented detail

Posted in Medicine, Science, Software on 6th Jun, 2021
by Alex Muller

The human brain is the most ridiculously complex computer that’s ever existed, and mapping this dense tangle of neurons, synapses and other cells is nigh on impossible. But engineers at Google and Harvard have given it the best shot yet, producing a browsable, searchable 3D map of a small section of human cerebral cortex.

Apple and Google say 25 states and territories have explored using COVID-19 contact tracing apps

Posted in Software on 6th Sep, 2020
by Alex Muller

Exposure Notifications Express capabilities are being introduced today as part of an iOS update and later this month for Android users.

Google Assistant passes 500 million users, will get longform reading and deeper smart home integration in 2020

Posted in Business, Online, Software on 9th Jan, 2020
by Alex Muller

Google Assistant is now used by 500 million monthly active users, and today Google is previewing features on the way in 2020 like a new voice that reads articles and web pages aloud to users with a more natural and humanlike voice.

Alphabet Is Developing a Robot to Take Over Boring Everyday Tasks

Posted in Business, Hardware on 3rd Dec, 2019
by Alex Muller

Robots excel at carrying out specialized tasks in controlled environments, but put them in your average office and they’d be lost. Alphabet wants to change that by developing what they call the Everyday Robot, which could learn to help us out with our daily chores.

Google Brain’s ROBEL benchmark lets devs track AI quality on affordable robots

Posted in Business, Hardware, Software on 11th Oct, 2019
by Alex Muller

More affordable robots designed to work with platforms and performance benchmarks make adoption more likely by developers, students, or startups interested in iterating to advance the field.