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Tech – Future of Food

From a first-principles perspective, the task of feeding 8 billion people boils down to converting energy from the sun into chemical energy in our bodies. Traditionally, solar energy is converted by photosynthesis into carbohydrates in plants (i.e. biomass), which is either eaten by the vegans amongst us, or fed to animals, for those who with...
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Custom On-Device ML Models with Learn2Compress

Posted by Sujith Ravi, Senior Staff Research Scientist, Google Expander Team Successful deep learning models often require significant amounts of computational resources, memory and power to train and run, which presents an obstacle if you want them to perform well on mobile and IoT devices. On-device machine learning allows you to run inference directly on...
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Google Duplex: An AI System for Accomplishing Real-World Tasks Over the Phone

Posted by Yaniv Leviathan, Principal Engineer and Yossi Matias, Vice President, Engineering, Google A long-standing goal of human-computer interaction has been to enable people to have a natural conversation with computers, as they would with each other. In recent years, we have witnessed a revolution in the ability of computers to understand and to generate...
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Michael Pollan — Exploring The New Science of Psychedelics

  “Psychedelics, used responsibly and with proper caution, would be for psychiatry what the microscope is for biology and medicine or the telescope is for astronomy.” – Stanislav Grof This might be the most important podcast episode I’ve put out in the last two years. Please trust me and give it a full listen. It will...
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Facebook expands downvote tests on comments

Mark Twain had it right: There’s no such thing as a new idea. To wit: Facebook is currently testing arrows to let users ‘up’ vote or ‘down’ vote individual comments in some of its international markets. Digg eat your heart out. Reddit roll over. This particular trial of upvoting/downvoting buttons is limited to New Zealand...
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Structuring Product Page Descriptions by ‘Highlights’ Increases User Engagement (Yet 22% of Sites Don’t)

(Note: Unfortunately, e-mail and RSS don’t support advanced layouts and features. If the graphics in this article look strange, you may want to read the article in your web browser.) While product descriptions may not often get as much attention or resources as product images, videos, “360-View” features, or user reviews, they are a crucial...
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Hurry Up and Fail — Tim Kennedy

“Everything you want is on the far side of hard work.” – Tim Kennedy Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) is a former UFC middleweight contender who simultaneously served in the US Army as a Green Beret sniper and had tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq. He is a three-time winner of the Modern Army Combatives tournament, a...
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Playlist: 10 TEDWomen talks for Earth Day

Earlier this week, I had the privilege and honor to plant trees with the daughter and granddaughter of environmentalist Wangari Maathai. In recognition of her life’s work promoting “sustainable development, democracy and peace,” Maathai received the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. She was a lifelong activist who founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977. At that...
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Call for government to help small online businesses

After a six-month-long inquiry, the government on Wednesday released a report on the impact of global internet competition on Australian businesses. The Innovation, Industry, Science and Resources Committee, which prepared the report, recommended the government set up a digital grants program for small businesses to help them take advantage of opportunities, such as online retail....
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