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Google Wants to Be a Part of Your Kid's School Day

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Nicholas Rossolillo, The Motley FoolMotley FoolMay 20, 2018. If there was still any doubt that artificial intelligence will be part of the future, here's more evidence why it will be. Google parent company Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL)(NASDAQ: GOOG) recently revamped its two AI do-it-yourself kits (marketed under the AIY Projects offshoot) for kids and other tinkerers. Rather, AIY kits help solve a future labor need and help establish the brand as a go-to resource for tomorrow's technologists. The thinking is if a company can get kids using a product early, those kids will continue to do so in adulthood. But Google is an internet search company, and the lion's share of revenue and profit is derived from advertising on its internet business.

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Crisis management expert: Here's what Google should do about '60 Minutes'

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Crisis management expert: Here's what Google should do about '60 Minutes'. On Friday, shares of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc. (GOOG), dipped on the impending feature. And experts think some sort of damage control will be required. I think I like to call it controlled panic,” Dean Crutchfield, CEO of Crutchfield and Partners and a crisis management advisor, told Jen Rogers on the Final Round. “And then the fourth one, which I think is the Achilles heel for Google, is hide nothing and tell all.”. Asked to explain why transparency is Google’s Achilles heel, Crutchfield said that Google’s position as an imposing pillar of the internet landscape works against the company in this situation.

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Inside the training camp where Google shares its A.I. secrets with Alphabet-invested companies

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A group of about 30 engineers sipped coffee and tapped out notes on their laptops, while a charismatic Google employee named Michael "Mig" Gerard whipped through a presentation on how to best apply machine learning, a trendy sub-field of A.I. Instead of fellow Google employees or computer science graduate students, the chairs were filled with more than 100 engineers from about a dozen big privately held companies that Google's Alphabet, had invested in. CapitalG started the program this spring as a way to tap one of Google's biggest assets -- its leadership in the field of A.I., or artificial intelligence, where machine learning fits in -- as it faces stiffer competition from other gigantic investors, like the $100 billion Softbank Vision Fund, who want a piece of Silicon Valley's growth. In the last six months, the firm estimates that more than 300 Google employees have worked with CapitalG-backed companies in some way. But as machine learning and artificial intelligence have increasingly become a staple in every tech company's tool-box — and Google has rebranded itself as an AI-first company — the firm realized that it could provide a specific kind of help that few other investors could offer. So late last year, Johan Duramy, a CapitalG principal on the growth team, called up Zuri Kemp, who heads up Google's engineering education program, and asked if she could help him create a modified version of the machine learning training program it gives to its own engineers.

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Google, Alibaba Spar Over Timeline for 'Quantum Supremacy'

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Google says it expects to reach an important milestone for quantum computing this year. Not so fast, says Alibaba.

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Google to Hold Talks With Publishers Over Their GDPR Concerns

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Alphabet Inc.’s Google has agreed to meet with a group of publishers next week at four of its global offices to discuss their concerns about its preparations for Europe’s forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation, according to people familiar with the matter. Some publishers have been critical of Google’s stance on the sweeping new data-protection law and worry the tech giant’s moves might further consolidate its position as the dominant digital advertising player. Google has told publishers using its advertising-technology tools they will need to obtain user consent on its behalf to gather personal information on European users to target ads at them.

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Does Google’s Duplex violate two-party consent laws? – TechCrunch

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Doesn't Google recording a person's voice and sending it to a datacenter for analysis violate two-party consent law, which requires everyone in a conversation to agree to being recorded? Penal Code section 632 forbids recording any "confidential communication" (defined more or less as any non-public conversation) without the consent of all parties. Google has provided very little in the way of details about how Duplex actually works, so attempting to answer this question involves a certain amount of informed speculation. What we know about Google’s Duplex demo so far. As a first assumption, it seems clear that, like most Google services, Duplex's work takes place in a datacenter somewhere, not locally on your device. So fundamentally there is a requirement in the system that the other party's audio will be in recorded and sent in some form to that datacenter for processing, at which point a response is formulated and spoken. Google has an army of lawyers and consent would have been one of the first things they tackled in the deployment of Duplex. For the on-stage demos it would be simple enough to collect proactive consent from the businesses they were going to contact. But for actual use by consumers the system needs to engineered with the law in mind. What would a functioning but legal Duplex look like?

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Google's Duplex AI Robot Will Warn That Calls Are Recorded

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BloombergMay 18, 2018. Since Google revealed a robo-caller that sounds eerily human earlier this month, the company has faced plenty of questions about how it works. On Thursday, the Alphabet Inc. unit shared more details on how the Duplex robot-calling feature will operate when it’s released publicly, according to people familiar with the discussion. At Google’s weekly TGIF staff meeting on Thursday, executives gave employees their first full Duplex demo and told them the bot would identify itself as the Google assistant. Two days after the demo, Google said the service will be "appropriately identified" on calls. And on Thursday, executives reassured staff that the Duplex team had been thinking about disclosure and ethical implications long before the reveal earlier this month.

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What we know about Google’s Duplex demo so far – TechCrunch

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The highlight of Google's I/O keynote earlier this month was the reveal of Duplex, a system that can make calls to set up a salon appointment or a restaurant reservation for you by calling those places, chatting with a human and getting the job done. That demo drew lots of laughs at the keynote, but after the dust settled, plenty of ethical questions popped up because of how Duplex tries to fake being human. Over the course of the last few days, those were joined by questions about whether the demo was staged or edited after Axios asked Google a few simple questions about the demo that Google refused to answer. We have reached out to Google with a number of very specific questions about this and have not heard back. As far as I can tell, the same is true for other outlets that have contacted the company. If you haven't seen the demo, take a look at this before you read on. So did Google fudge this demo?

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Google to Hold Talks With Publishers Over Their GDPR Concerns

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Alphabet Inc.’s Google has agreed to meet with a group of publishers next week at four of its global offices to discuss their concerns about its preparations for Europe’s forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation, according to people familiar with the matter. Some publishers have been critical of Google’s stance on the sweeping new data-protection law and worry the tech giant’s moves might further consolidate its position as the dominant digital advertising player. Google has told publishers using its advertising-technology tools they will need to obtain user consent on its behalf to gather personal information on European users to target ads at them.

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