Google has spent the last few years teaching computers how to see, understand, and appreciate our world. It's an important goal that the search giant hopes will allow programs to classify images just by "looking" at them, but there's one problem — to computers, our world looks like a horrible nightmare. The first images from Google's project, shown in June, reveal an organic hellscape inhabited by slug monsters and disembodied tentacles. The pictures show leaves that become two-headed birds, horses that grow dogs' heads from every inch of their skin, and humans whose bodies erupt in furry growths. To Google's computers, every surface of our world is covered in eyes.
Building the Web Together. From a humble beginning of static text, images, and links, the web has grown into a rich platform teeming with interactive content and powerful applications. To all the developers & users out there who continue to push this evolution forward—thank you. http://youtu.be/Jzxc_rR6S-U
Look around on the web, and you’ll find plenty of photographs of Google’s colorful offices in Mountain View (AKA the Googleplex) and around the world. Finding images shot from inside the company’s tightly-guarded data centers is much harder, since only a handful of employees are allowed to roam the spaces where the “web lives.” However, Google recently invited photographer Connie Zhou inside a number of its high-tech data centers. Gorgeous photographs resulted — images that show incredible scale, mind-numbing repetition, and quirky colors.
The massive server rooms house tens of thousands of servers that handle your searches and all of the services offered by the search giant.
Google says that the rainbow-colored pipes aren’t just for show; the colors help the employees quickly determine which is which.
Wired’s Steven Levy was also invited to tour the data centers, and has written up a fascinating piece on his experience. In an interview with Morning Edition’s Steve Inskeep, he states,
What strikes you immediately is the scale of things. The room is so huge you can almost see the curvature of Earth on the end. And wall to wall are racks and racks and racks of servers with blinking blue lights and each one is many, many times more powerful and with more capacity than my laptop. And you’re in the throbbing heart of the Internet. You really feel it. [#]
Want to roam around the buildings yourself? Check out this Street View page that provides a virtual tour of the buildings:
You can see high-res versions of these photos and many more over at a new website Google set up, called “Where the Internet lives.”
We copied Apple’s inventions, so now they’re de facto standards, thus patents shouldn’t be enforceable.
Apple’s point is that if you remove the IP distinctions between the two, you remove a key incentive for innovators to innovate. Apple spent billions in research and development to create the iPhone. It didn’t spend that money to create the iPhone’s competition. And this is a point Apple and CEO Tim Cook have hammered home again and again, since the smartphone IP Hundred Years War began.
A first-of-its-kind web-based exhibition live from the Science Museum in London and open to the world online at chromeweblab.com. Worldwide visitors both online and in-museum are able to make music with people across the world; trace routes across the internet’s vast network and discover where images are stored; watch their portrait being processed and drawn by a robot; and travel instantly to far away places.
With Direct Connect, you can automatically add Google+ pages to your circles from Google Search. Just add + in front of the page you’re searching for. Music: Urbana-Metronica (wooh-yeah mix), by spinningmerkaba.